The Gewehr 43 or Karabiner 43 (abbreviated G43, K43, Gew 43, Kar 43) is a 7.92×57mm Mauser caliber semi-automatic rifle developed by Nazi Germany during World War II. It was a modification of the earlier G41(W), using an improved gas system similar to that of the Soviet Tokarev SVT-40.
Germany's quest for a semi-automatic infantry rifle resulted in two designs - the G41(M) and G41(W), from Mauser and Walther arms respectively. The Mauser design proved unreliable in combat when introduced in 1941 and at least 12,755 were made. The Walther design fared better in combat but still suffered from reliability problems. In 1943 Walther combined a new modified gas system with aspects of the G41(W) providing greatly improved performance. It was accepted and entered into service as the Gewehr 43, renamed Karabiner 43 in 1944, with production amounting to just over 400,000 between 1943-1945.
In Project Reality, the G43 is only obtainable by using an officer kit on the Wehrmacht, in the Project Reality: Normandy minimod.
- Despite being a superior rifle and firing the same round as the K98K in real life, the G43's performance in PR is worse overall. The G43 requires 2-3 rounds to kill an enemy, while it only takes 1-2 rounds from a K98K to kill an enemy.
- The 7.62x39mm round is used as a placeholder projectile for the G43