Rare Late WWII Nazi VG1.5 Volkssturmgewehr Semi-Automatic Rifle

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Rare Late WWII Nazi VG1.5 Volkssturmgewehr Semi-Automatic Rifle
This is an example of a late WWII German VG1.5 or Volkssturmgewehr or "Peoples Assault Rifle" as manufactured by Gustloff-Werke in Suhl. These rifles were a late war development and designed along the same lines as the MP43 and MP44 series of rifles, which were intended to be an even cheaper and more simple method of supplying rifles to the home guards, especially in the Eastern part of Germany that was subject to being overrun by the Russians. These rifles were made up primarily with all stamped sheet metal parts and components that were welded together or pinned to prevent disassembly, all which minimized the use of the already depleted German manufacturing resources. The only real machined parts on the entire rifle being the barrel, bolt head and various springs. These rifle were never officially sanctioned by the German Army and consequently will not have any acceptance proofs or markings. In fact they were kept in secret from Hitler who despised their crude and unrefined manufactured appearance. They were produced strictly on order from the Gau of Thuringen which is the district of the Suhl factory and which is why they bear the "Th" stamp on the stock. It functions on a blow back operated basis, where the entire outside of the barrel jacket/receiver recoils. The barrel has a fluted chamber to aid in extraction and it fires the short 7.92 mm Kurz cartridge, which is the same as the MP44 assault rifles. They have crude fixed blade rear sight with a simple post front sight and the forend and buttstock were roughed out of plain beech wood. As mentioned above the stock is stamped with "Th 5188" which probably was intended as the manufacturing serial number of the rifle. It is estimated that several thousands were manufactured and issued late in the war. The rifle is complete with two 30 round MP44 magazines that are marked "MP44" on the lower left side. This rifle is complete with a simple cloth or web type sling. Originally these rifle were finished with the late German phosphate type finish with the plain unfinished stock and forend.
BBL: 16 inch round
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 7.92 mm Mauser Kurz
Finish: phosphate
Serial Number: TH5188
Condition: Excellent overall with 98% of the original phosphate remaining with an overcoat of applied black paint. The stock and forend both have a late wartime dark brown color, with clear markings on the buttstock. The safety is missing (and appears to never have been present as there is no wear mark). An extraordinary example of an extremely rare late war VG-1.5 rifle.