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Lot 1587: Steyr "bnz" MP44 Sturmgewehr Assault Rifle

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

Steyr "bnz" Code MP44 Sturmgewehr Rifle, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun, with Scope and Accessories.

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $35,000 - $55,000

Steyr "bnz" Code MP44 Sturmgewehr Rifle, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun, with Scope and Accessories.

Manufacturer: German
Model: MP 44
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 7.92 x 33mm Kurz
Barrel: 16 1/2 inch round
Finish: phosphate/blue
Stock: laminate
Item Views: 4440
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 392
Class: Class III

Developed relatively late in World War II, the MP44 was a very important milestone in military weaponry, being the namesake of an entire class of weapons, the intermediate caliber, select fire, infantry "assault rifle". Influenced by the situation on both fronts, the MP44 made heavy use of stamped components, limiting costly and labor intensive machined or forged components to critical areas and speeding production. The adoption of an intermediate power cartridge allowed each trooper to haul more rounds in their combat loads, and kept the recoil manageable in a relatively lightweight arm. While the full power "battle rifle" would be the western standard for the start of the Cold War, the MP44's spiritual children gained more traction in the 60s and 70s, and still hold a place as the de-facto standard for infantry weapons. Blade front and tangent notch rear sights, with "MP44" and "9215/44" on the left side of the receiver, the "bnz" code on the underside, and the full or partial number repeated on the trigger housing and bolt carrier. A scope rail has been welded to the right side of the receiver, with a cast metal scope base (renumbered to match) and a ddx-code ZF4 scope, fitted with a rubberized canvas eyepiece and an extended body. The buttstock is laminated, with a brown leather sling and a trapdoor compartment. One extra magazine is included, along with a six-cell, two pouch magazine carrier. Constructed from tan canvas with leather straps and ersatz material reinforcement in the pouch flaps, the loops are marked "StG44" and "ojx45". A HBT cloth strap has been added, allowing the set to be transported together or hung somewhere "saddlebag" style.

Rating Definition:

Fine, with 60% of the combination phosphate/blue finish overall, showing some mixed brown and gray patina overall, some rust around the gas tube, scattered mild spotting, and light handling marks. Some components have been replaced. The grip panels show some light dings, and the buttstock shows some scuffing and filler. The carrier rig shows mild stains and scuffing. The scope shows mild wear and oxidization on the exterior, with good optics. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is classified as a "Curios or Relic" as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.

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