SOLD FOR: $2,225.00
Make: duv. duv is one of the Nazi wartime codes for Berlin-Lubecker Maschinenfabrik (BLM), Germany
Model: Gewehr 43 or Karabiner 43 (abbreviated G43, K43, Gew 43, Kar 43)
Serial Number: 2069
Year of Manufacture: 1944
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The left side of the receiver is marked “G. 43”, “duv 44.”, with a German inspection stamp “eagle / 214”, with a Nazi “eagle / swastika”, with the serial number “2069” and “c”. The sliding bolt carrier is marked “2069” and “c” on the left side and with a faded German inspection stamp “eagle / 214” on the top rear. The rear of the stationary top cover is stamped with a small Nazi waffenamt “eagle / WaAA44”. The top of the bolt is marked with a matching inspection stamp and a Nazi “eagle / swastika”. The left side of the front sight base is marked with a matching inspection stamp. The top right of the barrel is marked with an “M”, with 2 “eagle / 214” inspection stamps and with a small “shield” that appears to contain “duv / 2”. These barrel marks are under the handguard, in front of the rear sight base. The bottom of the butt is marked with the serial number “2069” and “c”. The right side of the butt is marked with 2 Nazi waffenamts “eagle / swastika / WaA214” and “eagle / swastika / 214”. The bottom of the grip is marked with a faded Waffenamt. The magazine is marked “aye”, with a faded waffenamt that appears to read “eagle / WaAB13” and “G43.
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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The Durofol handguard is a reproduction. Durofol handguards are exclusive to Berlin-Lubecker Maschinenfabrik (BLM) rifles, so the look of the rifle is correct. 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 and discoloration from oxidation. The nose of the stock has been cut back approximately 5/8 of an inch. It still holds the nosecap securely. The top of the grip shows a crack that extends to the receiver cut. The bottom of the stock shows cracks at the front & rear of the bottom metal. The bottom rear of the butt shows a hairline surface crack. The wood shows other scrapes, scratches & compression marks. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Good to Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright and the rifling is deep. There is frosting at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The stationary top cover shows thinning and discoloration. The barrel shows light scrapes and discoloration from oxidation. The bottom metal shows areas of pinprick surface erosion and scrapes. The screw heads show use. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good to Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The safety lever has been removed so there is no longer a safety on the rifle. Have a competent gunsmith remedy this prior to loading or firing. The action functions. 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 magazine (currently installed) that shows several scrapes & scratches that have removed some of the finish. The follower is still under strong spring tension. Overall the magazine is in Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This G43 was made by Berlin-Lubecker Maschinenfabrik (BLM) and uses a reproduction Durofol handguard. Durofol handguards are exclusive to (BLM) rifles, so the look of the rifle is correct. 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.