What would it be like to try and attempt to shoot historical small arms in some of the ways that they were actually used in the past? We try and do that in this episode with German small arms in a small team setting, assaulting an objective across open terrain using a base of fire complimented by fire and maneuver. We were able to get access to fully automatic machine guns such as the MG42 and MG34, in addition to the MP40 submachine gun and landmark STG44 rifle. Of course we also had on hand Mauser K98s that complimented the historical firepower. There was a G43 that was on hand but the rifle suffered some malfunctions that didn’t allow us to use it in the live fire.
What did we learn though? We found out that the K98s became extremely hot in a short period of time while rapid firing. We learned how to properly handle open bolt submachine guns and some of the intricacies that require a user to “Lock, Look, (Un)Load” before using them. Of course, the STG44 most likely carried the day with its historic contribution to the dawn of modern service rifles and was envied by all.
Originally posted on The Firearm Blog