bcd 45

The rifles produced by GustloffWerke were coded bcd in 1944-45 time frame. Nailing down exact production is very difficult, as the company continued to use bcd4 marked recievers while producing weapons in 1945, along with bcd45 marked guns. There is much disagreement over when production started-- it can safely be argued that the 5 digit serial number guns above 60,000-70,000 are 45 production, however some beleive the years production started earilier. Another problem is the serial numbers rolled over during production, and went up another 18,000 guns or so. With that, I will cover a few rifles that I am confident are 1945 production. This code (bcd4/bcd45) is very diverse, and many variations exist, to include Machine Gun Barrel rifles, Long Side Rail snipers, phosphate and blue finish, and stamped and milled parts. I am guessing at the beginning of 1945 production based on serial studies done by collectors in the past.

Most items below are based on study of matching original guns- some variations do exist from this guide however.

Serial Range: 60,000-99,999 - 1-19,000
Approximate number produced: 60,000
Metal Finish: Blued, Phosphate, or Mix- more blue finish found on stamped parts
Stock Finish: Most unstained, rough, Eagle H marked or C proofed
Stock Type: Standard configuration and Semi-Kriegsmodell, with no takedown disc but still having band spring and bayonet mount
Wood Type
: solid, laminated, odd-size laminated (very rare)
Triggergaurd:milled with d proof(phosphate), stamped with qnw proof (blued), stamped byf proofed (blued)
Floorplate: byf, qnw, 1 proofed milled
Follower: Most "lxr" or "135 waffenamt" marked
Front and Rear Bands:Stamped bands were blued or phosphate, milled bands will be silver grey-green phosphate finished, some with 1 proof
Numbered Parts:
Full serial number on barrel , last 4 digits on bolt shroud and bolt root at top,, last 2 digits on cocking piece, safety, firing pin

bcd rifles

bcd4 machine gun

bcd45 std stock

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