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    My family has a connection to the guy who actually designed the Gerat 06 for Mauser-- Dr. Karl Maier. When my dad was in the Army we were stationed in Germany in the late 1970s. My dad was lucky enough to get a German hunting license in an abreviated course offered by the Rod and Gun club at our base, thanks to the Status of Forces Agreement. In the process of getting into the hunting scene, my dad met Dr. Maier, who was a big-time hunter who also had a big "revier" (a hunting lease, basically). The Maiers were very gracious and and became very good friends of my family, and we stayed in contact after the Maiers retired to Florida in the 1980s.

    Anyway, I was a kid at the time, and It was only after I grew up and became a gun enthusiast (and an HK fanboy no less) that I learned the story of Dr. Maier's role in developing the grand-daddy of my HK41. What I wouldn't give to be able to have had the chance to talk guns with Dr. Maier all those years ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.Lex View Post
    Gauntlet. Thrown.

    So, while on the topic of reviving neat old weapons, isn't it true that shotguns really didn't have any military value at all.... I mean, that whole trench gun thing was a total fad.

    Even less useful than the bayonet, which at least still has 2 uses - field knife (1) and intermediate level of force / standoff (2) between shoving and shooting for guarding gates or prisoners.

    Late war / early post war MP44 derivatives are cool from a nutty gun nerd perspective ... But unless you're reenacting as Volksturm I don't see much practical use for one, and it's a modern reproduction so the collectors value is also very limited - seems like one of those guns you're going to have trouble getting your money back out of despite everyone on the internet babbling on about how cool it is (nobody every really puts their money where their mouth is on these things).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falschirmjaeger View Post
    My family has a connection to the guy who actually designed the Gerat 06 for Mauser-- Dr. Karl Maier. When my dad was in the Army we were stationed in Germany in the late 1970s. My dad was lucky enough to get a German hunting license in an abreviated course offered by the Rod and Gun club at our base, thanks to the Status of Forces Agreement. In the process of getting into the hunting scene, my dad met Dr. Maier, who was a big-time hunter who also had a big "revier" (a hunting lease, basically). The Maiers were very gracious and and became very good friends of my family, and we stayed in contact after the Maiers retired to Florida in the 1980s.

    Anyway, I was a kid at the time, and It was only after I grew up and became a gun enthusiast (and an HK fanboy no less) that I learned the story of Dr. Maier's role in developing the grand-daddy of my HK41. What I wouldn't give to be able to have had the chance to talk guns with Dr. Maier all those years ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falschirmjaeger View Post
    My family has a connection to the guy who actually designed the Gerat 06 for Mauser-- Dr. Karl Maier. When my dad was in the Army we were stationed in Germany in the late 1970s. My dad was lucky enough to get a German hunting license in an abreviated course offered by the Rod and Gun club at our base, thanks to the Status of Forces Agreement. In the process of getting into the hunting scene, my dad met Dr. Maier, who was a big-time hunter who also had a big "revier" (a hunting lease, basically). The Maiers were very gracious and and became very good friends of my family, and we stayed in contact after the Maiers retired to Florida in the 1980s.

    Anyway, I was a kid at the time, and It was only after I grew up and became a gun enthusiast (and an HK fanboy no less) that I learned the story of Dr. Maier's role in developing the grand-daddy of my HK41. What I wouldn't give to be able to have had the chance to talk guns with Dr. Maier all those years ago!

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    Waidemannsheil Falschirmjaeger!

    I still have my MWR Guide to Hunting in Germany...time to chase the Hochwild!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor View Post
    Waidemannsheil Falschirmjaeger!

    I still have my MWR Guide to Hunting in Germany...time to chase the Hochwild!
    Thanks, Thor. Even though they were MANY years go, I still remember a lot of those days quite fondly. My dad even wrote an e-book about his hunting experiences in Germany that I'm sure you could relate to. If you're Interested, PM me and I'll tell you what it's called and where to find it (I don't want to be accused of using this thread as a shameless plug opportunity!)

    Even a little kid like I was at the time had fun, and I was able to accompany my dad and Dr. Maier on the occasional outings to the Revier. And the local Rod and Gun Club at Patch Barracks used to grill up some mean bratwursts!

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    Thor, I'm a newbie, so I can't answer your PM until I get my posts up to 50. Here's a link, and I apologize if this counts as a thread hijack. I will note that the book has multiple mentions of Dr. Maier, including an entire chapter in the afterword:

    https://www.amazon.com/Gunning-Adven...res+in+germany

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