The companies of Haenel and Walther were both tasked with creating trial rifles that utilized this new ammunition.
This Walther designed prototype rifle is very unique in that it is comprised to 2-3 different sheet metal sections that were riveted/pinned together.
The front section is very similar to the Mkb.42(W) with an extruded barrel jacket, which is keyed into the integral front sight base/bayonet lug assembly that was held on by the muzzle nut. The rear half of the receiver is also a stamped sheet metal housing which covers the rear half of the rifle, which is riveted onto the stamped trigger guard and box magazine.
The other real interesting feature is that inside the upper receiver it has a sliding sheet metal bolt carrier to which the actual machined bolt body has been riveted to. This carrier extends from the larger bulbous middle section of the barrel jacket to the rear of the receiver opening, approximately 12 inches long.
The buttstock is attached to the rear of the receiver via a through bolt type arrangement. The large hole in the buttstock is covered by the stamped buttplate.
From the pictures, it is obvious that the Walther was experimenting with an early detachable box magazine. This magazine design would eventually evolve into the standard box magazines for the G/K43 series of rifles.
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