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Old March 12, 2013, 10:56 AM   #4
Mike Irwin
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
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They made two, actually, the Gew 41 and the Gew 43.

The 41 wasn't particularly successful, but the G43 was a very good design.

As for why the Germans didn't develop a rifle before the war for mass issue...

Several reasons.

1. They were rebuilding an army largely from scratch, and the K98k was available, and proven. Semi-autos weren't really available, and certainly weren't proven at that time.

2. Given that they were trying to get their military back online, there wasn't a lot of manufacturing bandwidth left over to start full-scale production of an entirely new rifle.

3. It's very likely that a semi-auto rifle would have been fielded and in wide-scale circulation had Hitler kept to his original war plans, the ones that he kept telling his military of no war until mid to late 1940s.
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