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Alpine figure: MP43 or MP44?

Discussion in '"Today in History", Literature & Media Review' started by fmenardi, May 11, 2012.

  1. fmenardi Active Member


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  2. Silversurfer Active Member

    Hi Fabricio,
    I think, the only visible difference between MP 43 and MP 44 is, that MP 43 had a bigger buttstock. But on this figure, it is sadly not visible.

    Ciao Thomas
  3. fmenardi Active Member

    Ciao Thomas!
    Thank you for the message. So, I guess I can represent this guy using a MP43 during the 1943=44 winter.
  4. Lew J Active Member

    I think it's an STG 44 Fabricio.

    Lew J.
  5. 1969 A Fixture

    The Mp43 and Mp44 were basically the same weapon with only minor differences with certain parts between the two production models, these differences are quite small and virtually unable to be seen in 1/16 so you could choice to represent either model here.
    The fact it was called MP43/44 was to hide the fact that it was being developed as Hitler disagreed with an assault rifle concept, hence it being classified as a Machine Pistol(MP)

  6. Joe55 A Fixture

    Hi Fabricio,

    Everyone is pretty much correct in their responses (y) . Here are some more details.

    The MP43, MP43/1, MP44 and the StG44 are essentially the same weapon, minor differences as follows:

    1. MP43/1 is the same as MP43 but has a screw on type grenade launcher rather than the clamp on type used with the MP43.
    2. There is no apparent reason for the change in nomenclature from MP43/1 to MP44. Most MP43/1 rifles have the V-type telescope mounting bracket on the right side of the receiver; some MP44s have this bracket, but no MP43s have been found with the bracket

    The change in nomenclature to StG44 was politically inspired, but 'Assault Rifle' (StG Sturmgewehr) is more truly descriptive of the role of the weapon than is 'Submachine Gun' or Machine Pistol' (MP-Maschinen Pistole).

    My reference for the above, is 'Small Arms of the World' by Edward C. Ezell.

    Have fun with your project, and should anyone question or give you grief as to your description, you can impress them with your extensive firearms knowledge :D!

  7. BillR New Member

    Absolutely. I read somewhere that the SS got the initial issue that fall.

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