dot 1944

The rifles produced by Waffen Werke Brunn were coded dot from 1942- 1945. While the following guns recievers are dated 1944, serious consideration must be made that the late 5 digit serial number guns were actually manufactured in 1945. This is done based on evidence- some late 5 digit guns produced bear many manufacturing shortcuts introduced by Mauser in 1945- one key in my opinion is the triggerguard with no locking screws- those produced by Mauser and marked byf show up on Mauser rifles produced in December of 1944- they also start showing up on dot1944 marked rifles around the introduction of the later 5 digit serial number. Also, phosphate finished parts show up on these rifles. Based on serial studies, it has been forwarded that 1945 production started at or around serial 80-85000. Other 5 digit guns with a suffixes are all 1945 date production. Dot 44 production rolled over from 1943 production at suffix w.

Most items below are based on study of matching original guns- variations to exist from this guide however.

Serial Range: (in order of production) 0001w to 9999z ; 0001 aa to 9999 az; 10000 to 99999;  0001a to 45300a
Metal Finish: Blued, some phosphate bolts on late (after about serial 95000)
Stock Finish: Most unstained, rough, Eagle H marked with corncobbed finish
Stock Type:Semi Kriegsmodell late- has takedown washer, bayonet lug deleted, screwed in bands- early guns with standard configuration stocks, i.e. with takedown washer, bayonet mount, and band spring arrangement, "dot" marked common
Wood Type: some solid, most laminated
Triggergaurd: qnw, byf no locking screw type most often encountered on late guns- many variations may exist
Floorplate: stamped or milled, byf marked, blued or phosphate, some milled with subcontractor markings such as "1", LU, qnw
Follower: lxr, 135 proofed, or unmarked, blued or phosphated
Front and Rear Bands: Bands were blued, or will be phosphate finished (late), no waffenamts or serial, held by screws (no band spring)- early guns have band springs
Numbered Parts:
Full serial number w/suffix on left receiver or barrel, last 4 digits with suffix on bolt root, last 4 digits on bolt shroud, last 2 digits on cocking piece, Safety unnumbered on late 5 digit serials

dot1944 rifles

49284 dot 1944
semi Kriegsmodell

84935 dot 1944
semi Kriegsmodell

15251 a dot 1944
semi Kriegsmodell

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