Yesterday we discussed the M1 Garand, now we’ll take a closer look at its German counterpart: the Gewehr 43. Although each German Rifleman in Heroes & Generals begins his service with this weapon, in reality this rifle was a late addition to Germany’s arsenal, as attested by its name.
The necessity of quickly developing a semi-automatic rifle became apparent to the Germans when they came under fire from Soviet troops armed with Tokarev SVT-40s on the Eastern Front. Whereas the Russians had already tested their new rifles during the Winter War against Finland, the standard-issue firearm of the Wehrmacht at that point was the bolt-action Karabiner 98k, which had a much lower rate of fire. Early German semi-automatic designs proved unreliable in combat, but by dissecting captured Russian rifles, German engineers were able to improve the gas-operated mechanism, leading to the development of the G43. However, it was not until the final years of the war that the G43 entered production. Nevertheless, between 1943 and 1945, German factories still managed to manufacture 400,000 of them.
In terms of performance, the in-game Gewehr 43 is nearly identical to the M1 Garand in terms of muzzle velocity, rate of fire and recoil. The one main difference is that it has 2 more bullets in its magazine. A very decent all-purpose weapon, the G43 works best at mid range, where it offers a good balance of accuracy and speed.
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