Skip to comments.Valuable WWII Gun at Police Buy-Back (Sturmgewehr 44)
Posted on 12/11/2012 8:38:58 AM PST by GOPsterinMA
Just like a scene out of "Antiques Roadshow," a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station's gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, inherited the gun from her father who had brought it home with him from Europe as a memento from World War II.
The two officers conducting the gun buy-back, who are resident gun experts for the Hartford Police Department, informed the owner she was in possession of a Nazi Assault Rifle, the first of its kind, that dates back to 1944.
The gun is called a Sturmgewehr 44, literally meaning "storm rifle," and is the first "modern assault rifle ever made, eventually replaced by the AK 47 in 1947 by Russia, who copied the German design of the Sturmgewehr 44," Officer Lewis Crabtree, one of the two officers who discovered the gun, told ABC News.
"It's like finding the Babe Ruth of baseball cards," said Officer John Cavanna. "The rarity, it was made for such a very short period."
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A claim strongly disputed by Mikhail Kalashnikov.
Bleh, thats an AK-47!
Is there such a thing as drool ping?
That Stg44 cannot be owned legally, and must be melted down immediately.
Haven't you people seen the sacred sculpture in front of the United Nations? Bow down to the twisted gun!
This country is so screwed, that we have laws requiring museum-quality relics to be melted down.
I would love to have one.
Back in the early 1980s, a friend of mine found a nice .32 Colt pistol at a garage sale.
When he asked the woman what she wanted for it, she said that her husband paid $15 dollars for it back in the 1930s and she wanted what he paid for it, $15.00.
A local widow woman sold her husband’s guns to the local police when he died. They got bargans on M1-Garands and M1 carbines, and his other military rifles from WWII.
The locals were very upset that the cops took advantage of her ignorance to fleece her of the rifles.
The badge is a dividing line. Some thugs stand behind it, others in front of it.
Officer Crabtree is an honorable, honest man with whom I would prefer to deal if I have to deal with the police.
He is technically incorrect. While the SG44 and AK-47 are superficially similar (to my wife’s untrained eye, they are also indistinguishable from a flattop AR), their operating systems, internal architecture and other mechanical characteristics differ greatly.
Unfortunately, it was once a functioning machine gun, so in BATFE's eyes it must either have been registered before the '86 cut-off date - or be sliced, diced and julienned.
A registration amnesty is long, long overdue for these stashed WWII firearms. But of course, that would deprive BATFE of its favorite door-busting, kitten-stomping entertainment.
I wanna shoot me some nazzys!
Very good, Lt. Raine! :)
I’m having SOA withdrawal...
“Holidays”, terrible time for TV watching unless you like the Peanuts.
“Justified” is back in January, ever watch that one?
Sadly, it ended up getting melted down despite attempts by several museums to acquire it for their collections.