Sturmgewehr 44

Officers stunned when woman drops off $40,000 WWII German rifle to be destroyed in police buy-back scheme

by EMMA REYNOLDS, Daily Mail  |  published on December 9, 2012


A World War II assault rifle that belonged to an SS officer was handed in to a gun buy-back organised by police in Connecticut.

The rare find, which is worth up to $40,000, would have been sent home by an American soldier who had taken it from a prisoner of war or a German he had killed.

Officer Lewis Crabtree, of the Hartford Police Dept, said: ‘The chance to see a piece of history – this – is absolutely unbelievable.’

The gun was developed in 1944, holds a 30-round magazine and can shoot 500 rounds per minute.

It was handed in to the police by a woman on the first weekend of December, when they also collected 55 pistols, 91 revolvers, 13 rifles and two derringers.

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