6/25/21 - This is a rare and desirable Walther Gewehr 41 (G41) rifle from World War II. The receiver is marked with 'ac 43' code, denoting it was manufactured at the Walther factory, and generally the more desired/collectible maker of these rifles. There were fewer than 10,000 estimated G41s produced before production switched to the G43/K43. These early G41 series of rifles used the "Bang Gas-Trap" system which employed a barrel mounted "Gas Trap" muzzle cone to trap hot gas that was bled off when the round was fired, which cycled the action. This entire series of rifles was very short lived however it was used extensively on the Eastern Front where a semi-automatic rifles was considered essential for "long-life". Consequently, their survival rate is very low in any condition. The later series of G/K43 rifles did away with the earlier "Bang" gas trap style system and instead used a barrel mounted gas system, that was copied from the Russian Tokarev rifles, making them far more reliable and easier to produce. The Walther design was more successful than the Mauser design at least, as they removed the bolt and had a cleaner receiver area as a result. This particular rifle is all matching and correct, with fully matching numbered parts. The receiver and all numbered areas of the upper/barrel are matching, as is the stock and trigger assembly. E/359 proofs present on several metal parts. The finish on the metal parts shows thinning in most areas. The stock is in very good condition with no cracks and has sharp proofs. Bore has strong rifling but some minor frost and freckling in the grooves.