Gun Guy Radio: The Sturmgewehr In Context

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

Nearly two weeks ago, I published an article that caused a great deal of consternation among my readership, even resulting in a prompt rebuttal video from Ian and Karl with InRange TV. That highly negative article was entitled 7 Reasons I Don’t Like The MP-44 Sturmgewehr. As a result of the unexpected waves it caused, the Sunday after the article ran I took to the proverbial recording studio with Ryan Michad to discuss the Sturmgewehr, its context, and to hopefully explain some of the more controversial talking points of the article.

In a second article written after the fact, I likened the MP.44 to the RSC 1917 in terms of its historical importance, and contrasted the reputations both rifles have. While the MP.44 is set atop a very high pedestal in the views of most, the RSC is barely known, despite being arguably the greater technical achievement. There are a number of reasons for this, which I may discuss in a (far) future article, having to do with the Cold War, the entrenched idea of German superiority, and the uneasy relationship between Western and Eastern engineering ethics.

For those readers who haven’t had enough of talking about the German Wundergewehr of World War II, be sure to head on over to the Firearms Radio Network, and give a listen to Episode 190: The MP44 In Context.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at

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  • Idahoguy101 Idahoguy101 on Dec 01, 2015

    The STG-44... Too little, too late for Germany. Thank god! But it did impress the hell out of the Red Army. Which gave the world the AK

  • Secundius Secundius on Dec 02, 2015

    If I had the Choice of an AK-47 or the StG-44, it would be the StG-44 "Hands-Down". Reliable and Accurate at ranges up to 700-meters plus. the AK, is a USELESS Piece of SH|T at that Range...