swp 45

The rifles produced by Waffen Werke Brünn were coded swp in the latter part of 1945, a code change from dot 1944. The serial number range is about 45300a to over 90000a, a continuation from dot 1944 production. Most swp45 guns are in the semi Kriegsmodell configuration, but it is possible that some late swp45 guns were full Kriegsmodells. Phosphate finish shows up in the swp45 range too- starting with bolts. Late in the 75000a range, swp 45 marked guns can be found with an cheap sheet metal rear sight. These guns with the sheetmetal sight were once believed to be experimental, but the sight was general issue from the mid 75000a range till the end of production. Many of these fell into the hands of the Russians, as the factory was in the Russian occupation zone. Waffenamt markings are the same as for dot- Wa63 proofed parts are the norm, but many odd items can be found on the Waffen Werk Brünn guns, such as S/42 marked parts and other odd subcontracted parts (Wa37 parts from Haenel are also found).

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

Serial Range:45300a to 90000a
                       
Approximate number produced: 45,000
Metal Finish: Blued, Phosphate, or Mix
Stock Finish: Most unstained, rough, Eagle H marked
Stock Type:Semi Kriegsmodell- has takedown washer, bayonet lug deleted, screwed in band -"dot" marked common, as well as rough exterior finish
Wood Type: most laminated
Triggergaurd: qnw, byf no locking screw type most often encountered- many variations may exist
Floorplate: Most stamped and byf marked, blued or phosphate, some milled with subcontractor markings such as "1", LU, qnw
Follower: some lxr marked, blued or phosphated
Front and Rear Bands: Bands were blued, or will be silver grey-green phosphate finished, no waffenamts or serial, held by screws (no band spring)
Numbered Parts:
Full serial number w/suffix on left receiver, last 4 digits with suffix on bolt root, last 4 digits on bolt shroud, last 4 digits on cocking piece, Safety unnumbered

swp 45 rifles

swp45 Russian
capture

swp45 sheetmetal
sight

all images © www.latewar.com