I did a video on this very interesting German prototype semiauto rifle a few weeks ago, and took one or two photographs at the same time. The genesis of the Gewehr 41 gas system is clearly visible, and it is also an interesting look at an early attempt at using primarily stamped components for a full-power rifle. Enjoy!
Outstanding photographs, thanks very much for sharing them! A download link leading to a compressed archive of all the photos would be immensely helpful, as well.
these photos are amazing, thank you for sharing them with the world.
Well the problem with this system is the annular piston set up. The rifle may be operated through a ported barrel but the gas ports lead into a detachable section that includes the front iron sight, generally not a good idea for a weapon that’s likely required to hit a roughly two meter tall human shaped target two hundred meters downrange. The piston being directly around the barrel also means any residue and corrosive fumes from propellant gasses will definitely make things really bad in the field. And because the bayonet lug is also on the muzzle shroud, any attempt to jab a would-be victim will more than likely break the rifle and render it useless.
1. Replace the annular gas piston around the barrel with a conventional piston, operating rod, and gas tube either above or beneath the barrel (or off to the side if you prefer).
2. If you must require the gas port to be in a detachable muzzle piece, keep the iron sights and bayonet lug on the barrel itself and put the muzzle cap and ported area ahead of the front sight.
3. Use stampings only for parts not expected to undergo lots of stress during firing or manhandling (charging handle, sight hood, receiver tube shell…).
4. Use detachable magazines if you can afford to do so.
Did I mess up?
remind me this one: