Not that this is likely to get much attention on this board, but I own a DUV G-43 I have had since I traded Elmer Ballance my dad's hinky Winchester Win Lite M-59 shotgun for it in 1968. I have shot it periodically and even hunted with it over the years. I am interested in using it, for spits and grins, in 3 gun, and in CMP "sniper" shoots. Over on the Wehrmacht Rifle Community board I am getting a lot of advice that I need to put a gas system restrictor on it. Apparently some of those guys are actually scared to shoot their G-43s. "Apfeltor Waffenfabrik" has pictures of damaged ones fired with blanks, and he also makes a gas system restrictor that everyone seems to rave over. Now back when I acquired the rifle I remember the NRA handbook on firearms disassembly AND WHB Smith were both pretty generous in their praise of how accurate and robust (in spite of its cast-iron look) the rifle is.
Anyone else out there with one, and have you had or have seen damage/problems with normal use?