Gewehr 43 - Internet Movie Firearms Database (2024)

Contents

  • 1 Gewehr 43
    • 1.1 Specifications
      • 1.1.1 Film
      • 1.1.2 Television
      • 1.1.3 Anime
      • 1.1.4 Video Games
      • 1.1.5 Animation
  • 2 Gerät 03
    • 2.1 Specifications
      • 2.1.1 Video Games
  • 3 StG G-43
    • 3.1 Specifications
      • 3.1.1 Video Games

Gewehr 43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Gewehr 43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Gewehr 43 with ZF 4 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Gewehr 43 with ZF 4 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser

The Gewehr 43 was one of three semi-automatic rifles issued by Germany (the others being the FG 42 and the Gewehr 41) during WWII. This weapon itself was an evolution of the Gewehr 41 (made by Mauser and Walther). The Gewehr 43 was made exclusively by Walther and addressed many of the problems the G41 encountered during the invasion of the Soviet Union (in particular, the gas system and use of stripper clips instead of a removable box magazine), taking many design cues from captured examples of the Soviet SVT-40. Like the SVT-40, the Gewehr 43 was usually issued with two spare magazines, so reloading with clips remained.

It is known that the transitional G41/G43 prototypes were tested with 25-round MG13 magazines, but the final rifle received a 10-round one of its own design. All other conversions are modern and there is no evidence of their use during the war. 20-round G43 extended magazines are also known to exist; it is not known for sure whether these were the results of experiments at the end of the war, or only post-war versions.

The Gewehr 43 was never mass-produced, and although a better rifle than the G41, it was still known for its mechanical malfunctions, mainly due to cheap parts and exposed extracting spring, causing jams if not cleaned constantly. When parts wore out or broke, it was difficult to get replacements in the field and many German soldiers simply got rid of it when this happened. It was also a complicated design, and required some practice to know how it all worked. When put up against the U.S. M1 Garand, it was apparent that the G43 was outclassed by the M1's superior machined parts, extremely reliable design, better gas system, better sights, more reliable en-bloc clip system, simplicity, and ease of maintenance, as well as it being general issue to all infantry; whereas for every 50 Mauser rifles produced by Germany during the war, they only produced one G43 rifle. The German High Command saw this, and decided to only issue three G43 rifles for every platoon, two of which were to be used as sniper rifles away from frontline action, fitted with a Zeiss ZF 4 scope.

According to accounts and testimony from German veterans of WWII, many German soldiers disliked the G43, and preferred the tried and true Mauser 98k, or, if they were lucky enough, scavenged American M1 rifles and Carbines whenever possible, despite this being officially against regulations. However, as a sniping platform, many German snipers liked the Gewehr 43's semi-automatic abilities, good range, good ammo capacity, and accuracy, however extreme long-range sniping was best left to the more accurate bolt action Mauser rifles.

Note: Since the G43 was produced from October 1943, all depictions of it being used in battles before that point such as Stalingrad are anachronistic. The G43 was typically used in the late stage of the war.

Specifications

(1943 - 1945)

  • Type: Battle Rifle
  • Caliber: 7.92 x 57mm Mauser
  • Weight: 9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)
  • Length: 44.5 in (113 cm)
  • Barrel length: 21.7 in (55 cm)
  • Capacity: 10-round detachable box magazine (may be loaded with 5-round stripper clips); rare 20-round magazines are known to have existed.
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto

The Gewehr 43 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

TitleActorCharacterNoteDate
The EnforcerJohn KelloggVinceWith sniper scope1951
Go for Broke!German soldier1951
SuddenlyFrank SinatraJohn BaronWith sniper scope1954
Christopher DarkBart Wheeler
Between Heaven and HellA Japanese soldier1956
Dark Sun (Temné slunce)TerroristWith sniper scope1982
Saints and SoldiersAGerman soldier2003
Brother's WarA German soldier2009
Everyman's WarGerman soldiers2009
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne CreedA German soldier2012
Company of HeroesChad Michael CollinsNate BurrowsWith sniper scope2013

Television

Show Title / EpisodeActorCharacterNoteAir Date
Combat!German soldiers1962 - 1967
Black Cats (Chyornye koshki)German paratroopersSeen in documentary footage; including a sniper version2013

Anime

TitleCharacterNoteDate
Seven Cities Story: Arctic FrontAquironia soldiers1994
Najica Blitz Tactics2001
Spy Classroom - Season 1Ghost"Mission: Daughter Dearest II"2023
Spy Classroom - Season 2A DMI soldier2023
Armed men

Video Games

Game TitleAppears asNotesRelease Date
Medal of Honor: UndergroundWith ZF 4 scope2000
Commandos 2: Men of CourageWith ZF 4 scope2001
World War II Online: Battleground Europe2001
Battlefield: 1942Fitted with ZF 4 scope2002
Medal of Honor: FrontlineFitted with ZF 4 scope2002
Medal of Honor: Allied AssaultWith ZF 4 scope (expansion packs only)2002
BloodRayne"G33"With ZF4 bracket, but no scope. Anachronistic2002
Forgotten HopeWith and without scope2003
Commandos 3: Destination BerlinWith ZF 4 scope. Anachronistically used at Stalingrad2003
Day of Defeat2003
2003
Wolfenstein: Enemy TerritoryWith and without scope, optionally suppressed2003
Call of Duty: United OffensiveAnachronistically used at Kursk and Kharkov2004
Call of Duty: Finest Hour"G43"With ZF 4 scope2004
Call of Duty 2"Gewehr 43"With and without ZF 4 scope. Anachronistically used at Stalingrad2005
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One"Gewehr 43"2005
Sniper EliteWith ZF 4 scope2005
Medal of Honor: European Assault"Gewehr"With and without ZF 4 scope. Anachronistically used at Stalingrad2005
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45With and without scope2006
Company of Heroes2006
Call of Duty 32006
Commandos: Strike Force2006
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45With and without ZF 4 scope2006
Medal of Honor: Vanguard"Gewehr"Only available in multiplayer2007
Medal of Honor: AirborneWith and without ZF 4 scope2007
Forgotten Hope 2With and without ZF4 scope2007
Death to Spieswith ZF4 scope2007
Call of Duty: World at War2008
Brothers in Arms: Hell's HighwayWith and without ZF 4 scope2008
Velvet AssassinWith scope, shown as a bolt-action rifle2009
Call of Duty: Black OpsWithout scope2010
Karma Online2011
Cry of Fear"G43 semi-auto"2012
Sniper Elite V22012
Company of Heroes 2Anachronistically used at Stalingrad2013
Enemy Front2014
Sniper Elite III2014
World of Guns: Gun DisassemblyGewehr 43ZF 4 scope2014
With and without ZF 4 scope2016
Sniper Elite 42017
Call of Duty: WWII"Gewehr 43"Added in Winter Siege event (2017)2017
Squad 44: Letters From The Front2018
Strange Brigade"Mikhailov-38"with a 4 round magazine2018
Battlefield V"Gewehr 43"2018
Call of Duty: Vanguard"G-43"2021
EnlistedGewehr 432021
Gewehr 43 (ZF4 scope)
Call to Arms - Gates of Hell: OstfrontGewehr 432021
Gewehr 43 (ZF4 scope)
Battlefield 2042Gewehr 43Infantry and ZF4 sniper versions. Added in Update 3.1.22021
Sniper Elite 52022

Animation

TitleVoice ActorCharacterNoteDate
What If...? - Season 1HYDRA and German soldiers"What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?" (S1E01)2021
HYDRA soldiersFictional HYDRA Customization; "What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?" (S1E01)
Sebastian StanBucky Barnes
Neal McDonoughTimothy "Dum Dum" Dugan
NoneJames Montgomery Falsworth
NoneGabe Jones
NoneJim Morita
NoneJacques Dernier

Gerät 03 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

In December 1943, the prototype Gerät 03 was presented to use a relatively cheap to produce roller lock. Several prototypes were built and the weapon successfully passed military trials. The weapon has a 15-round magazine.

Specifications

(1943 - prototype only)

  • Type: Battle Rifle
  • Caliber: 7.92 x 57mm Mauser
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs (4.5 kg)
  • Length: 44.5 in (113 cm)
  • Barrel length: 21.7 in (55 cm)
  • Capacity: 15-round detachable box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto

The Gerät 03 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game TitleAppears asNotesRelease Date
Enlisted2021

StG G-43 DFE (DauerFeuerEinrichtung) - 7.92x33mm Kurz. This example resides in the Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung in Koblenz, Germany.

The prototype was created in 1944. After several tests, the German Army was not satisfied with the results. The gun had too much recoil when firing automatically. Work on the weapon was stopped. Only a few prototypes were made.

Specifications

(1944 - prototype only)

  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Caliber: 7.92x33mm Kurz
  • Weight: 10.1 lbs (4.6 kg)
  • Length: 44.5 in (113 cm)
  • Barrel length: 21.7 in (55 cm)
  • Rate of fire: 480 rpm
  • Capacity: 30-round detachable box magazine. From Sturmgewehr 44.
  • Fire Modes: Full-Auto / Semi-Auto / 3 shot series.

The StG G-43 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game TitleAppears asNotesRelease Date
Enlisted2021
Sniper Elite 52022
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