SOLD FOR: $4325
Make: Berlin-Lübecker Maschinenfabrik (BLM). In 1944 “duv” was the Nazi code for Berlin-Lübecker Maschinenfabrik.
Model: Karabiner 43 (K43). Previously designated as the Gewehr 43 (G43).
Serial Number: 3888
Year of Manufacture: 1944
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads “CAI ST A VT / G43 8MM GER”. The left side of the receiver is marked “eagle / 214” overstamped with an “X”, with the serial number, with 2 post WWII East German Border Guard “sunburst” proofs, with a Nazi “eagle / swatika”, “K.43” and “duv 44.”. The left side of the bolt carrier, buttplate, bottom metal (twice), and bottom of the buttstock (faded) are each marked with the serial number. One of the serial number markings on the bottom metal is done in electric pencil. The top of the bolt head and top of the bolt carrier are each marked with a faded “eagle / 214” stamps. The gas system connector rod is marked with the serial number. The barrel is marked “CT” and with a partial stamping under the handguard. The magazine markings are somewhat faded. They appear to be marked “awi”, an “eagle / WaA379” Waffenamt, and “K43”. The sling buckle on the Israeli K98 sling is marked with a “circled Israeli mark”. The sling is marked with a “circled Hebrew letter” followed by “2804-02524”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 21 ¾ Inches Here
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a tall bladed post set atop a ramped base and under a removable protective hood. The rear sight is a “V” notched sliding escalator marked from “1-12”. The right side of the receiver has integral rail for an optic.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece laminate stock has a pistol grip, metal nosecap with sling bar, hole for the included cleaning rod, ventilated handguard, through bolt, sling well with pass through, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows scrapes, scratches, small dents, and discoloration. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Most of these marks are small or light. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Most of these marks have been finished over. The LOP measures 13 ? 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: Arsenal Refurbished
Bore Condition: The lands are bright, the grooves are light grey, and the rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent light erosion in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The trigger guard has surface erosion showing through the finish. The barrel and top cover show scrapes. The top cover also shows an area of thinning. The remaining metal shows scuffs & light handling marks. The screw heads show heavy use, but have been refinished. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a refinished ten round magazine. Areas of surface erosion show through the finish. It shows scrapes & scratches that have removed small portions of the paint finish. It is in about Very Good condition. The rifle comes with an Israeli K98 sling. It shows scrapes & discoloration on the leather as well as light surface erosion on the buckle. Overall it is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This German K43 (Karabiner 43) was made by Berlin-Lübecker Maschinenfabrik (BLM) back in 1944. It looks great for a WWII era rifle and has lots of significant markings on the metal. After WWII the rifle was Arsenal Rebuilt and issued to East German Border Guards. It is distinctively marked with 2 East German “sunburst” proofs on the receiver. This is a collectible rifle that can put 8mm downrange as fast as you can pull the trigger.