Sold For: $3,625
Model: Gewehr 43 or Karabiner 43 (abbreviated G43, K43, Gew 43, Kar 43)
Serial Number: 9820
Year of Manufacture: 1945
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The barrel is import marked “CAI. ST. A. VT. / G43 8MM GER”. The left side of the receiver is marked “X” with a German inspection stamp “eagle / 214”, with the serial number “9820”, “c” and “K.43 qve 45”. The sliding bolt carrier is marked “9820” and “eagle / 359” below the charging handle. The rear of the stationary top cover is stamped with a small Nazi waffenamt “eagle / WaA44” and hand-scribed “9820”. The top of the bolt is marked with an inspection stamp, worn and not legible. The top of the barrel is marked with “C X” and two inspection marks. The piston and its cover are each hand-scribed with the serial number. These barrel marks are under the handguard. The bottom of the butt is marked with the serial number “9820”. The bottom metal is hand-scribed “9820”. The right side of the stock is marked T G / 2″ in triangle in the sling-well. The buttplate is marked “9820”. The left of the magazine is marked “gcb”, eagle over “WaA892” twice and “K43”, the floorplate is marked “k”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 22 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set atop a raised base and under a removable protective hood. The rear sight is a “U” notched sliding escalator marked from “1 – 12”. There is an integral rail on the right of the receiver for a scope mount (none present).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The Durofol handguard is a reproduction. The interior of the handguard is not marked. Original production handguards are marked “Durofol in a diamond” (See pages 166-168 of Darin Weaver’s book, Hitler’s Garands German Self-Loading Rifles of World War II). The laminate stock has a pistol grip, sling well, sling pass through, metal nosecap with sling loop, through bolt, metal cleaning rod and a metal buttplate with a hinged metal door for storage in the butt. The buttplate shows scratches, spots of light surface erosion, a dent and discoloration from oxidation. The wood shows some scattered light scrapes, scratches & compression marks. The LOP measures 13 1/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good-plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is infrequent very light erosion scattered in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. The exposed portion of the barrel has a few light scratches and handling marks. The receiver and bolt show the rough finish of late-war production. There is infrequent minor surface oxidation. The receiver, bolt and bottom metal have some light nicks, scratches and scuffs. The action shows operational wear. The markings range from clear to poorly struck or worn. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. There is some old, caked-on lubricant/preservative. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a single magazine (currently installed) that shows many scrapes & scratches that have removed some of the finish. The follower is still under strong spring tension. Overall the magazine is in Good-Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This G43 was made by Walther and uses a reproduction Durofol handguard. This Nazi marked G43 has nice markings on the metal & wood. The magazine also has deep markings. These markings add to the historical value of the rifle.
The G43 has a much-improved gas system (borrowed from the Russians) and is much more reliable than its predecessor the G41. This is a rifle that will add to any collection, especially a WWII collection. Good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R rifle can be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.