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    If the HK was officially adopted by the bundeswehr would the designation be G53 for being a Gewehr or MP53 for Machine pistol? I would guess it would be a Gewehr since it’s a rifle caliber. Any thoughts on the subject?

    I’m getting close to finishing my HK53 build and will send it to an engraver Andean the it marked close to what the bundeswehr would of had it.

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    There is already a "factory" HK53 (marked HK 53 or HK53), though technically designated as a pistol in rifle caliber!!!

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    The markings that I have seen are:

    HK 53 C XXXXXX (1981-1986);
    HK53 4-XXXXXX (1985);
    HK53 HK 76-XXXXXX (1993, 2002);
    HK 53 76-XXXXXX (1997-1999).

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    I was just wonder what the Bundeswehr would have gone with. I doubt it it was officially adopted they would have designated an HK53. I figured it would just be speculation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klaus Von Richter View Post
    I was just wonder what the Bundeswehr would have gone with. I doubt it it was officially adopted they would have designated an HK53. I figured it would just be speculation.
    Ahhh--- I see what you are saying now (like the BSW designations of G11, G28, G36, G41) --- definitely a "G" something--- maybe G23!!!
    For your build, stick with established nomenclature (HK53 or HK 53) --- otherwise, people will be confused.

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    I was debating on G53, Hk53, or MP53.

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    Not MP (Maschinenpistole) since it's not a pistol caliber ..just my opinion.
    This is the earliest 5̶3̶ 33K that I have seen pictures of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21HK View Post
    Not MP (Maschinenpistole) since it's not a pistol caliber ..just my opinion.
    This is the earliest 53 that I have seen pictures of.

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    Yeah, I thought about that too. The Waffen SS adopted the MP44 that was a small rifle cartridge(8mm Kurz). Of course all of that terminology only came about later into the 60's so........Yep, Gewehr G53 it would be for a modern designation. It's traditional versus modern terminology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21HK View Post
    Not MP (Maschinenpistole) since it's not a pistol caliber ..just my opinion.
    This is the earliest 53 that I have seen pictures of.

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    That’s all this is, speculation, since Bundeswehr never adopted the 53.

    Isn’t your picture of a 33K, since the cocking tube isn’t recessed into the receiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKaltwasser View Post
    Yeah, I thought about that too. The Waffen SS adopted the MP44 that was a small rifle cartridge(8mm Kurz). Of course all of that terminology only came about later into the 60's so........Yep, Gewehr G53 it would be for a modern designation. It's traditional versus modern terminology.
    I’m leaning towards G53 since my 33 build is engraved G33 so it kinda goes along the same theme. I don’t know why but MP53 just looks pretty cool.

    Hard call... harder than building the gun.

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