Replica of the famous Sturmgewehr MP 44, in metal and wood stock, with magazine.
Arriving on the Eastern Front, the StG44 was used to counter Soviet troops equipped with the PPS and PPSh-41 submachine guns. While the StG44 had a shorter range than the Karabiner 98k rifle, it was more effective at close quarters and could out-range both Soviet weapons.
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Though the default setting on the StG44 was semi-automatic, it was surprisingly accurate in full-automatic mode as it possessed a relatively slow rate of fire. In use on both fronts by war's end, the StG44 also proved effective at providing covering fire in place of light machine guns. The first real assault rifle in history, the StG44 arrived too late to effect the outcome of the war significantly, but it gave birth to an entire class of infantry weapons that include famous names such as the AK-47 and the M16.
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