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Saw one at the Louisiville, KY show. It was a G 41 WWII German Semi Auto rifle but had a bolt in the back. He said it was a prototype. Anyone have any pictures of these and know how it would have worked? Was the bolt used just for chambering the first round?
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Sounds like your talking about a G41(M). The "M" because it was made by Mauser. They were trial rifles that competed against the G41(W) - Walther. The Walther design won, and was latter modified to become the G43.
The Mauser G41 was designed so if the Gas Trap type action failed to cycle the action - the weapon could be operated manually with the bolt by the soldier. It was not a success. Think about 10,000 made, and many of the rifles not swallowed up during the early trials in Russia were passed off to Italian and Bulgarian soldiers.
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I remember back in 1971 when I was a kid in Detroit Lakes, MN there was this really odd looking rifle for sale in a local gun shop. Price tag on the rifle was $90.00. I didn't know until years later that it was G-41(M).:(
 

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I saw my first G41 about 2 weeks ago at the West Springfield, MA show. Really nice but used condition. Seller was asking +$12,000. He also had 4 G43s on his table at various prices.
 

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Probably the same one I saw in Louisville. He wanted $12,000 for his too.
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Good site. I have not been there before - thanks.

You are probably right - the same guy. I thought his prices were a bit high. He also had a nice looking SVT not eped and non-matching for about $1500. I asked him if it was a Finn capture and if it had an SA mark on it. He actually became a bit rude and I walked away. Before I walked he wanted to know if I wanted to borrow a electro pencil to make it all matching. He missed my question completely.

I would not like to do business with him if I really wanted something.
 

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I have been priced right out of the market when it comes down to german rifles from WW2.
I wish I would have bought a G-43 and G-41 years ago when I saw them for $750.00 and $950.00 at a local show.
 
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