The Buying and Selling of Stg44 / MP44 / MP43 Rifles In Rebel-held Syria [Lots of Photos]

A reader of TFB who resides in rebel held Syria recently emailed us saying …

You must know that I do not reside in the U.S.; I am in Syria, amidst the sweeping turmoil. And, surprisingly enough, a couple of years past, a multitude of StG’s surfaced up in Syria. I do believe that you have been aware of such news. Now, due to my extensive knowledge of firearms and weapons in general, I was quite shocked to find them being sold for low prices! Obviously, I am aware of their rarity and actual pricing, so I have been forced ever since on getting my hands on a number of them to, I thought, find a way and sell them in market price.

He went on to say …

I am in a rebel-controlled region, and unfortunately, the regime rarely ceases its bombardments upon us, not to mention the grueling conflicts on nearby fronts. Other than that, it is marginally safe. The 7.92×33mm Kurz is very rare here, rendering them useless right now.

That is why the guns are cheap and readily available. They have run out of ammunition for them.

I explained to him the impossibility of importing such rifles from Syria. Even as parts kits they would be worth a lot of money, but I cannot even imagine the difficulties in trying to legally import these into the USA from the middle of an active warzone. It is such a shame these guns are stuck in a region where they cannot be used, despite collectors around the world willing to pay top-dollar for the parts, and an even greater shame that the only way these guns could ever wind up in the West is as parts not complete guns.

The reader sent us the following photos …

DSC_0057

DSC_0061

DSC_0062

DSC_0063

DSC_0064

DSC_0065

DSC_0066

DSC_0067

DSC_0068

DSC_0069

DSC_0070

DSC_0071

DSC_0072

DSC_0073

DSC_0074DSC_0044

DSC_0045

DSC_0046

DSC_0048

DSC_0049

DSC_0050

DSC_0053

DSC_0054

DSC_0056

Source