posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 10:12 PM
Originally posted by deltaboy
Thanks for the info Night. However I was hoping for a pic of the actual weapon with the curved barrel. I'll try to keep looking for it.
Well, you didn´t ask for any pics
This is the Stg.44 with a "krummer Lauf" extension attached (often pronounced "Krummerlauf", but that is incorrect). The rifle itself is absolute
standard with no modifications.
The krumme Lauf can be attached via this
locking system, it
features sort of a directional muzzlebrake to counter the unnatural recoil of the gun.
Once the technical challenges with the barrel itself had been solved, several periscope-like sighting systems on the basis of prisms were developed.
The first pic in this post shows an earlier version while this
a more thoroughly finished product.
In the end there were two krummer Lauf production versions for the Stg.44 : the earlier depicted 30° version with prism sight, and a
for fixed use on pillboxes, bunkers or tanks. Again,
note that the whole system is only the curved barrel, the rifle itself remains unaltered as can also be seen
It is not a secret that curved barrels haven´t been exactly en vogue
at any point in time in any armed force since then. But nevertheless,
people in the right positions back then were so convinced of this new niche design that the demand was significantly higher than production
capacities. Or alternatively:
The Germans intended to eventually arm every soldier with a submachine gun outfitted with a 30-degree bent barrel and Zeiss sight. The combination
of the machine pistol's firepower and the Krummer Lauf's around-the-corner capability would have been devastating in European street fighting. In
testing the 30-degree model, Captain Sharpe [of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps] observed that it "shot perfectly. At 100 meters this author could place
four out of five shots in a letter-head size target....Had these [Krummer Lauf devices] ever gotten into full production and distribution, they would
have cost us many thousands of casualties."
There were "krummer Lauf" projects for the MG42 and the MP40, too.