Originally Posted by HockaLouis
Interesting. I just presumed the STG44 died w/the Reich. Were they Nazi captures or newly produced after the war?
In the case of the Yugos it was old stock for sure
They did however manufacture the ammo for it 7,39 mm Kurz for decades. Even now you cna buy new manufacture of that round form PPU.
The rifle was relegated to reserve stocks in the 80's.
In the case of the czechs I dont know if there may have been some new manufacture since they had such a huge chunk of germany's war industry in bohemia/moravia.... but een so it might still have been old stocks, but ther eis some uncertainy here.
they did for example keep manuafacuring the SDKZ 2541 ( Hanomag half track) for some time after the war.
Interestingly the VZ58 is also quite reminiscent of the STG 44
As for East germany it was war stock for units first with the "kasernierte Volkspolizei", but the manufacturer was inside the old East germany (Suhl) so one presumes spare parts where no problems for a quite while.
According to many sources the STG 44 was judged a better gun than the AK47 by many who fired it. (i have not had a chance to compare both)
Iraq had STG 44 for a while for osme units and got them from war stocks someone sold.
Late in the War a lot of these rifles were made 24/7 undergound and at wars end thousands where still as yet undistrubuted.