Friday Field Strip: WWII German G43

This is our first, of many I hope, Friday Field Strip. Each week we will do a field strip of a different firearm.

This week we strip the German G43 rifle, which is essentially a G41(W) rifle improved with the addition of a gas system inspired by the Soviet SVT rifles. However, the unique flapper-locking system is something you don’t see every day.

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Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • Darkpr0

    I have a G43. It’s a very neat rifle, and I was pleased by how easy the field strip really is. If only the rest of the gun wasn’t made of tiny, easily lost, not very durable parts. Shoots great though, and it’s a cool gun. Everybody who sees it wants to play with it.

  • Tassiebush

    Great idea and thanks for doing these! Once again you are giving people a chance to see things they just wouldn’t have an opportunity to see otherwise!

  • Cal.Bar

    Great Video. I never imagined that it would have so many parts. You can really see the difference between WWII era guns and modern guns.

  • The_Champ

    Beautiful rifle. What does one of those cost in the US? I saw one once for sale up here in Canada, and never again…. the price was… high.

    • Mr. FN

      Just saw two hovering around 750$ – 770$ (U.S.)

  • KestrelBike

    How is the recoil compared to say an M1 (never shot one, I know heresy!) or an M1A? (which I have)

    • Secundius

      @ KestrelBike.

      The Chinese Company Norinco makes a 7.62x51NATO M-14 “Clone Copy” called the M305 for about $750.00 USD…

  • mosinman

    thanks for the vid, i’ve never seen the guts of one of these rifles before. it seemed pretty simple till you cracked the gas system open. it’s its interesting they didn’t just go with one long rod and a piston

    • Darkpr0

      The system was pilfered from an SVT-40, and that’s the way it was done on the Tokarev rifle. A bit of a fugly system, but it certainly got the job done better than the G41’s gas system.

      • mosinman

        true, it really isn’t that complex to be honest, but it still seems unnecessarily complex in my opinion.

  • Wolfgar

    Great video, I like this format very much. I never knew how many complicated parts were in these rifles. How does it compare to an M-1 rifle for recoil and accuracy ?

    • Darkpr0

      Accuracy is probably more dependent which particular gun it is than the design itself. Many G43s were constructed under concentration camp and late-war conditions which has led to some sub-par examples. There are some really nice ones out there, too. I would expect a nice G43 to at least match a Garand if not better… The triggers in these guns are really excellent and they are also user-adjustable. Lots of people say the G43 doesn’t recoil as much as a Garand, and I’m inclined to agree. But it’s funny because many of the guns were violently overgassed, so you’d expect the recoil to be a lot more than it is.

      • Wolfgar

        Thank you!

        • Secundius

          @ Wolfgar.

          If you can fine a Zastava 43, you got a Winner. Made to Walther standards, but Brazil produced them in .30-06 (7.62×63.3)…

  • Southpaw89

    I tried a Friday field strip once, but was chased off by a farmer with a shotgun.

  • Mr. FN

    Next week, DO-A-FAL! Nah, you probably have more interesting guns to take apart. Regardless, I’m really happy this is a thing. Whenever Ian takes something apart on FW I do the little Wallace & Grommet “cheese” motion.

  • Matt

    A few things that should’ve been mentioned but weren’t…
    -There are some G/K43 rifles that had the scope rail milled off as they were out of spec and some of them do not have the locking notch milled in so a scope mount shouldn’t be used on one of those rifles.
    – Some of the 1945 letter block rifles don’t have a take down latch on the bolt carrier so to disassemble the carrier must be manually held back when removing from the receiver.
    – The safety MUST be engaged to remove the bolt carrier assembly from the receiver.
    – In the video the owner said that he removed the piston when disassembling the gas system…he actually removed the cylinder.
    Overall a good start and nice to see an often overlooked milsurp.

  • Pete

    Cool Idea. I’d like to see re-assembly also though