Today we have a disassembly video for you – we were fortunate enough to be given access to one of the very few Gerät 03 rifles ever made. The Gerät 03 was the first effective roller-locked shoulder rifle, built essentially by replacing the operating mechanism of a Gewehr 43 rifle. It was originally intended to become the standard-issue, but the focus of Germany’s arms development ended up changing to the 7.92×33 cartridge instead of the 7.92×57.
For a comprehensive history of the Gerät 03 and the rest of its family of roller-locked firearms, the best resource is Blake Stevens’ Full Circle: A Treatise on Roller Locking.
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