Where are all the G43s'?


February 24, 2006, 01:31 AM
With all of the Russian captured K98 Mausers coming into the country after collecting dust in Ivans' arsenals for the last 60 plus years, I was wondering today, where are the captured G43s'??? Were they ALL sold off during the 50's, 60's, and 70's? According to the trade agreement with the Russian Federation of States, they ARE allowed to be imported. Could they all be gone, or do the Russians recognize ( and Keep ) a good battle rifle when they see one? Please forgive my stupidity if I have happened to flat-out over look a major issue here.

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February 24, 2006, 01:36 AM
Likely turned into T-34's and AK's long ago.

February 24, 2006, 02:00 AM
I like your way of thinking! Somebody import these babies please!

February 24, 2006, 08:15 AM
1. There weren't as many G 43's made as K98's, so the pool of potential surviving rifles was smaller.

2. Many G43's were "wasted" (i.e. used up) during the war. The rifles don't hold up well to 8mm ammo and parts breakage was common.

3. The Soviets gave away large numbers of captured German weapons to revolutionary groups during the '50s and '60s. I'm sure some G 43's were included.

4. The Russians of late have been asking for too much for some of their surplus firearms. They have a significant number of Winchester Model 1895 Muskets they want to sell, but they want pretty much close to what the going retail price would be for each gun. There's no way the importer could make a profit at that price once you add in all the other costs of shipping, clearing customs, paperwork, inspections and readying for sale, etc. I don't know if a similiar situation exists with the G43's or not, but it is a possibility.

5. The G 43 is semi-automatic. As such, there may be additional restrictions on it's importation when compared to the K98. Not sure of this one either, but it's a possibility.

February 24, 2006, 10:52 AM
The G43 is not listed as a Curio and Relic, so that may be why they aren't coming in. Were any of them select fire/ easily converted? That would be another reason...

February 24, 2006, 11:23 AM
I'd take a T34. Runs on regular, right?

February 24, 2006, 12:33 PM
I'd take a T34. Runs on regular, right?

Diesel, IIRC.

February 25, 2006, 12:29 AM
G43s would all be C&R by virtue of their age. Select fire does not preclude a firearm from C&R status. I believe there are restrictions preventing select fire imports in other places of Federal law.

February 25, 2006, 12:59 AM
I want a 7.62x54 Winchester 95!:what:

February 25, 2006, 01:41 PM
:scrutiny: ;) :scrutiny:


:cool: MJ:cool:

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