StG 44 Sturmgewehr German Assault Rifle Gun Tee Shirt Black

StG 44 Sturmgewehr German Assault Rifle Gun Tee Shirt Black

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This t-shirt is based on my favorite gun to use while playing any of the World War 2 themed video game shooters. These games include: Call of Duty, Medal of Honor or Battlefield 1942. I love the MP44 in these games due to the accuracy coupled with the rate of fire and magazine capacity. Also stopping power is good with the Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle. The StG44 t shirt comes in the 3 basic colors of black, red and military green. Here’s some info on this stylish WW2 German infantry weapon. The StG44 (Sturmgewehr 44 or “assault rifle model 1944″) was an assault rifle developed in Nazi Germany during World War II and was the first of its kind to see major deployment. It is also known under the designations MP43 and MP44…

(Maschinenpistole 43, Maschinenpistole 44 respectively), which denotes earlier development versions of the same weapon. MP43, MP44, and StG44 were different designations for what was essentially the same rifle, with minor updates in production. The variety in the naming formats resulted from complicated circumstances in Germany in World War II. Developed from the Mkb 42 (H) “machine carbine”, the StG44 combined the characteristics of a carbine, sub-machine gun and automatic rifle. StG is an abb. of  the Sturmgewehr assault rifle. The name was chosen for the propaganda reasons and literally means storm rifle as in “to storm an enemy position” (i.e. “assault”, leading to the modern terminology “assault rifle”). After the adoption of the StG44, the English translation “assault rifle” became the accepted designation for this type of infantry small arm. The rifle was chambered for the 7.92x33mm Kurz cartridge, also known as 7.92 mm Kurz (German for “short”). This shorter version of the German standard (7.92x57mm Mauser) rifle round, in combination with the weapon’s selective-fire design, provided a compromise between the controllable firepower of a submachine gun at close quarters with the accuracy and power of a Karabiner 98k bolt action rifle at intermediate ranges. While the StG44 had less range and power than the more powerful infantry rifles of the day, Wehrmacht studies had shown that most combat engagements occurred at less than 300 m with the majority within 200 m. Full-power rifle cartridges were overpowered for the vast majority of uses for the average soldier. The StG44’s receiver was made of heavy stamped and welded steel as were other contemporary arms such as the MP40 and MG42.

This made for a fairly heavy rifle, especially one firing an intermediate-power cartridge. Difficulties with fabrication, the need to use available non-priority steels, and the exigencies of war resulted in a heavy receiver. U.S. military intelligence criticized the weight of the weapon along with the inclusion of the fully automatic feature which it considered “ineffectual for all practical purposes.” The British were also critical saying that the receiver could be bent and the bolt locked up by the mere act of knocking a leaning rifle onto a hard floor. Many of these criticisms are more a testimonial of the Allied aversion rather than an accurate view of the weapon’s characteristics which were proven during combat in the war. To its credit, it was the first weapon of its class, and the concept had a major impact on modern infantry small arms development. By all accounts, the StG44 fulfilled its role admirably, particularly on the Eastern Front, offering a greatly increased volume of fire compared to standard infantry rifles. In the end, it came too late to have a significant effect on the outcome of the war. Also posted on my Achtung T Shirt blog


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