I have been MIA from here for a while, hunting for MP44's and G43's for the past year. It payed off. About 2 weeks ago at the bi-annual Empire State Arms Show in Rochester, NY, I finally got a G43. I was returning, Saturday morning, from Niagara Falls where my friends and I had celebrated a friends birthday Friday night at the Fallsview Casino and few bars. I got a call from my brother Paul, who was already at the show for over 2 hours, and the conversation went something like this: "Mike! They have a G43 here for $975!" "Paul, are you sure its not $9,750?" "No, and its in great condition." "Tell the guy you are going to buy it. I'll be right there." Knowing that the market value of G43's is at about $1500, I had told myself long ago that if I ever saw a G43 under $1300, I would pick it up without even blinking. And thats what happened. When I got to the table, I took a look at the gun, asked the guy if the price was truly $975 and if anything was wrong with the gun, then I handed over a huge wad of bills.
Well, here is the gun! I am the fourth owner of it, before me was the grandson of the previous owner, an American soldier, who took it off of a dead kraut. All matching numbers, I checked and everything matches! Good clean bore and wood. Came with an AYE marked mag.
Only defects are the duffle-bag cut into the forward part of the stock, the sling cut-out in the butt-stock has been filled with epoxy, and the metal buttplate replaced with a rubber pad. No sling, sight hood, or cleaning rod.
Only problems shooting the gun, is that the trigger does not reset after I pull it. I am not sure if a spring or pin is missing to reset the trigger, I haven't had time to check. Please PM me or respond here if you know how to fix this.
I am very happy. This gun completes my collection of WW2 generic German firearms (i.e. nothing unique like g41's or Mp43/I with krummerlauf and vampir attachments
Aside from pistols (I can't get a permit for 2 more years) or the FG42 and MG34, I've got the k98, g43, mp44, mp40, and MG42.
Ok, so here are the pic's of the gun.