I cannot foresee anything on the horizon, the importers I speak to (who granted keep their cards close to their vest) really do not have any encouraging news. After 21 years since the USSR fell apart, the shrinking world due to mass communication, and exhaustion of weapons stockpiles, the high-water mark is long gone. Never again will you see Mg34's and Mg42's parts kits pulled out of the Balkens and Eastern Europe the in Sportsmans Guide for $399 and $499, or SOG selling Mosin nagant M91s (not 91/30s) for $39.99, Carcanos for $39.99, RC 98K's for $99.99, etc.... the past 15 years are gone and so is the free-for-all; it was a sh*tty time to be a student with no money for most of it
but at least I could window shop
In this hobby often if you hold out for something better you usually get rewarded by being forced to pay thrice the price on the auction sites.
However everyone is mum about Russia, they MUST still have G43s, Mp40s, and Stg44s. In time I think small batches of parts kits (mp40s and STg44s) may happen again but at present high prices NOT 1992/3 prices
Dennis of Empire Arms at various times has claimed that the price the Russians want for their G43s is full retail for the US market, which leaves no meat on the bone for an importer. Things change the Century imported DDR-issued G43's originally sold for what $699/$799?? now they easily crest $2K, and they are no "vet-bring-back" specimens. So who knows, hope springs eternal, right
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