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The MP-43 (which is mechanically identical to the MP-44 and StG-44; the differences are the subject for another video later) is a tilting bolt rifle with a long stroke gas piston. It was manufactured primarily from complex sheet steel stampings, as a way to minimize the amount of high-quality and thus difficult to acquire steels needed for its construction. The rifle is heavy by today’s standards, but remarkably ergonomic (except for the metal handguard, when heats up quickly). Its sights come right up to the eye when shouldering the rifle, and it disassembles quickly and easily.
It really is one of the best small arms developed during World War II.
MP44 Part 1, Mechanics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnXBshjGFo8
Sturmgewehr vs Kalashnikov: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPWJOJZQCs8
MkB-42(H) with ZF41: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0wzi6qaoVQ
StG-44 with Krummlauf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSsFiS2Voxg
Last Ditch Innovation – Development of the Gerat 06 & 06H: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEPwmYcCPFs
At Forgotten Weapons I think the most interesting guns out there are the most obscure ones. I try to search out experimental and prototype weapons and show you how they work, in addition to more conventional guns that you may not have heard of before. You’re much more likely to find a video on the Cei Rigotti or Webley-Fosbery here than an AR or Glock. So, do you want to learn about something new today? Then stick around!