This is probably not the nicest G41 you will see, but it is a completely matching vet bring-back. I bought it from the fellow who found it in his relative's closet.
The finish is tarnished - and I think I will leave it that way, obviously taking measures to prevent further tarnish.
The G43 is another matching vet bringback - the scope and mount are cheap fakes, but, look quite fun on it (until I can spend $2500 on an original scope and mount.) I added the original sling, sight-hood and cleaning rod, so they do not match (Martin Retting, Culver City.) The bummer with the G43 is that he used it to shoot deer, and then clubbed a beast in some dramatic incident, breaking the stock at the pistol grip.
But, I have a real fascination with these firearms, and do not really mind the history. I'll find another G43, this is simply my first, and the price was right, for what that is worth.
Darrin Weaver's book, "Hitler's Garands" is awesome reading for anyone with an interest, I bought a copy directly from him on Ebay and had him inscribe it to me, which was cool.
Sorry about the bright sun, I wanted to examine some of the woodwork, so the bright light was good for my use.
Note the mass of steel towards the muzzle of the G41 - it is not a comfortable rifle to aim for any length of time.
As Timothy Mullin likes to say: it is not a handy rifle, and does not feel "alive" in your hands.
*Check out this author if you haven't heard of him!
Interesting to see the bolt handles are on reverse sides.
If you look closely you can see where the handle was fixed together and then sanded - argghhh!
So annoying when threads are buggered on original screws.
Tough to see, but it is a matching numbered stock, too, which is nice.