Archive for K43

ZF4 Sniper Scope for the K43

Posted in Optics with tags , , , , , on April 16, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis scope was designed for the G/K43 series semi-automatic rifles as well as the MP43/44/45 series assault rifle. A late war design, it was not very robust or very popular. The mounts for these are stupidly expensive so I won’t be going down that path right away. The left side of the scope is marked “Gw ZF 4”, “dow” the code for Opticotechna, Czechoslovakia. There is a triangle stamped and coloured for the type of grease applied to the internals. In this case it is blue meaning cold weather.

These scopes were blued like this one originally. Later war production was parkerised. The optics on this scope are muddy at one end. I have another example to use as a donor so if Don the optics guy can’t clean them up I will be getting him to swap them out.

Update: The scope came back from Don and he has done an outstanding job. Complete, clear optics and functioning as designed.

Eyepiece for the ZF4 Sniper Scope

Posted in Optics with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgAnother small piece for my K43 rifle rebuild. This rubber eye piece fits over the end of the ZF4 optics as it is mounted on the K43 rifle. The eye piece is intended to prevent injury to the user caused by recoil driving the scope back into the shooters eye.

ZF-4 Scope Cover

Posted in Optics with tags , , , , on April 2, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgBasic bit of kit but still tough to find an original. This is the scope cover for the ZF-4 scope manufactured to fit on the G/K43 rifle and the MP-44 series assault rifle. There is a version of the scope that was built for the FG-42 as well. This is part of my project to reassemble a full K43 sniper setup.


K43 Semi-Automatic Rifle Butt Kit Parts

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on March 22, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis fairly humble set of bits and pieces are the components that would make up the spare parts and maintenance package placed in the butt cavity of the Walther K43 Main Battle Rifle. You can see below the manual, oiler bottle, firing pin, firing pin extension, extractor, extractor retaining pin and extractor spring. Do not ask me how an infantryman, under fire and in the middle of a -20 snow storm could be expected to make use of these parts. The frequent failure of the K43 under use must have made the users of it loathe the Walther company.

K43 Butt Kit Manual

Posted in Firearms, Paper with tags , , , , , on March 15, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgHere is a second manual for the K43 semi-automatic rifle. This one is in perfect condition so I won’t be rolling this up and stuffing it in the butt compartment. I have a rougher one that I will use for that here.

K43 Semi-Automatic Rifle Butt Plate

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on March 12, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis butt plate is designed to fit a German K43 semi-automatic main battle rifle. I got it from a bloke down in the States because I am restoring a K43 from a shooter to as close to original as I can get. The butt plate is the earlier ribbed type which is a little early for my rifle but it will do nicely. It’s clearly original but is missing the small dent on the hinge plate where the Landser would press a bullet into to assist with opening the door.

K43 Magazine

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , , on March 1, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a late war production K43 marked magazine for the K43 semi-automatic main battle rifle. The manufacturer is gcb (Grohmann und Sohn Ad, Metallwarenfabrik, Würbenthal/Süd). The magazine has the two correct WaAB92 stamps along the lower part of the body as well as the simplified two ridge floor plate. This is for use on my K43 rebuild here.