I had the pleasure of handling 1 or 2 of them at christmas, this past year. My Pa's buddy has a big ole collection of WWII equipment, and he has 2 Gewehrs. One from earlier in the war and one from later.
It was actually pretty cool to see them side by side! The early one was far more well built, you could tell more time and effort was put into it when things were going well for Germany. Different materials and workmanship.
what I remembered most was that the charging handle was on the left side of the gun, and it ejects shells left if I'm not mistaken, due to the scope mount being on the right side of the gun.
Not bad for us leftys!
Anyway, I didn't get to shoot either, but they were gorgeous in person. Felt great. Pretty cool rifle!
Cooler yet was the SVT 40 that he had. Apparently that isnt a rifle that you see too often!