We have another experimental German WWII piece for you today, Mauser’s last-ditch “Volkspistole”. It was developed at the end of the war as an extremely inexpensive home guard weapon, although how much use a pistol would have been in fighting off the Red Army and US Army is pretty questionable. The program was also undertaken by Walther and Gustloffwerke, but this particular gun was designed and built by Mauser. Like the VG1-5 rifle, it was designed to use gas ports in the barrel to delay opening of the breech, although it was later reworked as a simple direct blowback action. The design never went past the prototype stage because of the end of the war, but the theory can be seen turning up later in the H&K P7 and Steyr GB handguns.




  1. Interesting, I wonder if this exact gas system could work for an assault rifle.
    I know that there is the VG 1-5 rifle and the “Grossfuss Sturmgewehr”,
    but both use special parts for the gas delay system.
    Theoretically This system just requires drilling gas vents in the barrel that blow forward
    and attaching two metal slabs to the sides of a bolt with recesses in them.
    (since there is no pistol slide).

  2. It seems to me that the Firing Pin touches the Firing cap when Cartridge in Chamber.
    Can this be considered as safe to carry?

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