WWII German G43 Run and Gun

Alex C.
by Alex C.

A while back on TFBTV, we posted a field strip of a German WWII G43 self loading rifle. Requests poured in from folks wanting to see one of these German autoloaders in action, and we listened!

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Full transcript here…

– [Voiceover] Hey, guys, this is Alex C. with TFBTV.

Today’s run and gun video is gonna be with a World War II German G43 rifle.

I did a field strip on a G43 a while back where I talked about how it worked and showed the innards and did all that stuff, but most people requested that they wanted to see it in action, so I got some 8mm from our sponsor, Ventura Munitions, and packed everything up for the range.

Basically, it was 30 shots with 2 reloads at about 60 or 70 yards.

Rounds on the move were put on a steel silhouette, and rounds from standing or static position were put on IDPA silhouette, so at this short of a distance, we took the optic off and got to work.

All right, here we go with the close engagement drill.

(gun cocking) (rifle firing and bullets pinging) (rifle loading) (rifle cocking) (rifle firing and bullets pinging) (rifle loading) (rifle cocking) (rifle firing and bullets pinging) All right, let’s go down range and have a look.

All right, guys, from the close engagement drill, all the shots on the move that was standing up basically, were fired at the silhouette.

We got about 10 hits on the silhouette.

I’ll have to count the pings in the video.

I believe it was 10.

It’s kinda hard to see because we painted it with white instead of orange, so that’s our bad, but if we move over to the paper, I’m actually pretty impressed that most hits were dead center mass.

Let’s see, we got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, so 15 hits.

It looks like 25 out of 30. I’m not sure.

I’ll put the totals right here, but all in all, this was a pretty pleasant gun to shoot.

I wish it was rear aperture sighted.

This wasn’t probably far enough to use the optic, but all in all pretty good for a vintage autoloader.

So all in all, I was pretty pleased with the performance of the G43 considering that I had not shot this rifle before that day.

It was not too hard to run.

It was a little hard to reload, and it would’ve been easier if I had some extra magazines.

However, they are a little bit hard to find and a lot of bit expensive.

Loading it with stripper clips was a bit clumsy, but I understand that the soldiers who carried these carried extra magazines in addition to stripper clips.

That being said, I was reasonably impressed with my run, and 25 out of 30 isn’t bad.

This is Alex C. with TFBTV.

Thank you very much for watching.

Also, big thanks to Grizzly Targets and Ventura Munitions.

See you next time, guys.

Alex C.
Alex C.

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

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  • Doom Doom on Nov 11, 2015

    Gee Bill, 2 G.43's?

  • Dave C Dave C on Nov 20, 2015

    A neat run n' gun event. Makes me want to try with my SVT-40 self-loader, using chargers/stripper clips instead of the magazine change. Another exceedingly scarce and expensive spare magazine!

    Years ago some bystanders were impressed by my Chinese T56 stripper clip reload speed...