40. Very Fine and Extremely Rare German Volkssturmgewehr "VG1-5" Semi-Auto Rifle by Gustloff -Werke

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assembly No. 4), 7.92 Kurz, 14 3/4" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces on this very rare "VG1-5" Volkssturmgewehr are primarily a pleasing plum brown with evidence of their original gray phosphate finish in the more protected areas. The beech buttstock and forend rate very good plus to excellent with much original varnish and only light handling marks from the years, the buttstock un-serialized and un-marked. The trigger group components and the underside of the bolt housing are all stamped with a small assembly number "4", this being the only marking on the arm. The butt definitely shows evidence at the heel and toe of being set-down in field conditions and there are four small brad holes along the toeline were the original stamped sheet metal web sling keeper was affixed. This early production example features the long spring clip magazine release/catch along the right side of the receiver along with a stamped rotating safety lever. The wood, as-mentioned, appears unmolested and uncleaned, the lack of markings may indicate a very early arm from the very first stages of production. Never officially called the "VG1-5" by the factory, nor the German government, official documents and correspondence refer to the arm as the Volksgerat or Volksgewehr, it is speculated that the "1-5" misnomer was something perpetuated by the U.S. Army, and then later postwar collectors. Included is a single black enameled body 10-round magazine manufacturer coded "qlx"; the magazine spring and follower however are not present. Overall this is a very fine to excellent example of this last-ditch semiautomatic, delayed-blowback carbine, the brainchild of Karl Barnitzke. (37879-44 {C&R} [Craig Brown Collection] (15,000/25,000) SOLD FOR $25,300.00

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