The Gewehr 43 (English: Rifle 1943) is a German semi-automatic rifle designed by Walther small arms in 1943 for limited use in the German military. It was seen in very small numbers with standard German soldiers, but was more so issued to specialist soldiers and elite units. It fired the 7.92x57 Mauser cartridge, the same as the Karabiner 98, with an effective range of 500 meters and a maximum range of 800 meters. It featured iron sights, but was also compatible with a ZF4 scope.
The Gewehr 43 ZF4 is a weapon featured in the Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII expansion, issued to the German Elite Scout kit. The Gewehr 43 ZF4 is the only semi-automatic sniper rifle in Battlefield 1942.
In terms of performance, the Gewehr 43 ZF4 has the same projectile as the K98K and No.4, meaning they possess the same damage and multipliers, with a faster velocity over its bolt-action counterparts by 500 meters per second. Its semi-automatic nature allows the Gewehr 43 to fire five times faster than the fire rate of the others sniper rifles, but still significantly less than the fire rates of the M1 Garand and Type 5. The Gewehr 43 ZF4 has three magazines compared to five magazines by the other Scout rifles, though this can be remedied by being close to an Ammo Crate.
In terms of spread, the Gewehr 43 is less accurate than its counterparts on a few occasions, with its spread values often being the equal to or slightly higher in most situations. The only exceptions to when the spread value is lower is whilst proning or strafing at its minimum spread value. Uniquely, jumping has no effect on the Gewehr 43 ZF4, a trait not shared with other sniper rifles.
Its recoil tends to drift either upwards or upwards right, but will reset to the original aiming position just in time for the next shot to be fired whilst aiming down the sights.
— In-game description
The Gewehr 43 is a weapon featured in Battlefield V. It was first seen in the Company interface and later in Pre-Alpha gameplay.
The weapon is unlocked for the Assault kit at class rank 1. The Gewehr 43's primary asset is its high damage, which is the best in class amongst the semi-automatic rifles. It kills consistently with three body shots at all ranges, and is further capable of a two-hit kill at medium range if one is a headshot. Its high bullet velocity allows it to perform better at range than most other semi-automatics, and as such can be paired with a Medium Range Scope to function similar to a Recon Self-Loading Rifle.
These strengths are compensated for by a low magazine capacity of 10 rounds, slow default reload using 5-round stripper clips, highest recoil in its category and second lowest fire rate in its category at 300 RPM, the latter of which can leave users vulnerable when faced with fully automatic weapons at close range.
The two Specialization trees available to the Gewehr 43 either improve its handling in close quarters or further hone accuracy for long distance fighting. The left side path of Quick Aim, Enhanced Grips, Detachable Magazines, and Recoil Buffer can help mitigate the weapon's poor control and lengthy reload process, while High Velocity Bullets, Custom Stock, Lightened Stock, and Barrel Bedding can be equipped to improve accuracy in various stances.
- It is possible that the Red Army weapon referenced by weapon's in-game description is the SVT-40.