Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1538: Sport-System Dittrich (SSD) Model PTR44 Rifle

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Extremely Rare Sport-System Dittrich (SSD) Model PTR44 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Case and Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,000 - $14,000

Extremely Rare Sport-System Dittrich (SSD) Model PTR44 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Case and Accessories

Manufacturer: Sport System Dittrich (SSD)
Model: PTR44
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 7.92 x 33mm Kurz
Barrel: 16 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 1851
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 404
Class: Modern Long Gun

Manufactured about 2010 by Sport-System Dittrich of Germany and imported by PTR-91 Incorporated of Connecticut, this is a very scarce and desirable semi-automatic commercial copy of the WWII German MP43/44 Sturmgewehr assault rifle. Appropriate adjustments have been made for closed bolt, semi-auto only operation, otherwise the design hews as close as reasonably possible to the vintage Sturmgewehr. Quantities are limited, with only about 200 believed to have been imported to the USA. Blade front and notch rear sights, with the serial number and "PTR44" on the left side of the stamped sheet metal frame, and the SSD/PTR markings on the right side of the frame, which is fitted with a tack-welded scope rail in emulation of some known wartime StGs which were equipped with ZF4 sniper scopes. Fitted with a pair of ribbed pistol grips and a hardwood buttstock with ribbed naked butt and steel reinforced toe and heel. Included with the rifle are a set of four extra magazines, a reproduction "last ditch/volksturm" pattern six-cell, two-pouch magazine carrier rig, manual, and a plastic case labeled to match the rifle. Notes from the consignor indicate that they procured the item new in 2010, only discharged about 160 rounds, and had the extractor and disconnector hardware tuned up by Recon Ordnance of Wisconsin.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 99% original blue finish, showing hints of plum color on the gas system, along with some mild handling marks. The wood is also excellent, with a few light dings. Mechanically excellent.

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