7.92x33mm Kurz (no ontology)

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7.92x33mm Kurz (Also known as 7.92 Kurz, more rarely 7.9mm Kurz, 7.9mmK, 8mm Kurz or even 8x33 Polte) is a rifle cartridge that was specifically designed to be an "intermediate" cartridge (mittelpatrone in German), between a pistol cartridge (such as 9x19mm Parabellum) and a "full-size" rifle cartridge (such as 7.92x57mm Mauser) both in size and performance. This designation, alongside the iconic rifle it was designed for ; the Sturmgewehr 44, codified the usage and definition of the term assault rifle, the English meaning of the aforementioned rifle.

The cartridge's service life was short-lived, due to its late introduction during World War II - designed by the Polte Ammunition Works in Magdeburg and adopted by the Nazi German forces in 1944. As a result, only a handful of firearms was developed for this caliber, most notably the StG-44 (also called the MP 44) and the Volkssturmgewehr, as well as a number of unissued prototypes. Further development of 7.92 Kurz firearms was abandoned after 1945 after the fall of the Reich, however they provided the basis for a new generation of so-called assault rifles and intermediate cartridges, such as the 7.62x39mm cartridge and the iconic Kalashnikov AK series of rifles.

Interestingly enough, 7.92x33mm Kurz ammunition is still produced by certain ammunition manufacturers, such as Prvi Partizan. The use of WW2 surplus firearms, including the StG-44, has also been reported in certain African conflict zones and battlefields, which may provide an answer as to why the cartridge is still in demand.

In addition, there appears to still be some demand for the cartridge even on the civilian market, proving the enduring legacy of the cartridge and the Sturmgewehr. The very few StG-44s that have been brought back from the European theaters onto American soil, are now in the hands of a scant few, occasionally spotted on machine gun shooting events and in the collections of certain private enthusiasts. An American company, Hill & Mac Gunworks, has also announced in February 2016 that they will be producing and selling modern, semi-automatic reproductions of the Sturmgewehr-44 in a variety of calibers, including the original 7.92 Kurz chambering, thus continuing the enduring legacy of the original assault rifle caliber.

Mazeworld overview

Type LDV C1 C2 C3 A1 A2 A3 A4 A5
Bullet +4 94% 89% 85% 75% 61% 47% 24% 7%

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  • Available for purchase in a gun shop or a weapon shop in boxes of 20 or bulk cans of 500.
  • Available brands and projectile types:
    • Standard (Regular, SP): FMJ, AP
    • Milsurp (Surplus, SP): FMJ
  • Retail value of a standard round (Reg/FMJ/SP): 3.25 P$ /round
  • Recoil level: 3 - Normal

Handloading information

  • Primer type: Large rifle
  • Powder type: Rifle
  • Projectile type: .323, 125 grain
  • Standard load: 325 pwdr
    • -P load: 293 pwdr
  • Cost of a 50 case box: 54 P$ (1.083 P$/case)
  • Estimated cost to handload 1 standard round (Reg/FMJ/SP): 2.687 P$

Weapons compatible

Standard weapons

Total amount of standard weapons available in this caliber: 2

Class 1 weapons:

  • CG Haenel Sturmgewehr 44, combat rifle
  • Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr, conventional rifle

Maze Customs

Barrel length groups

Depending on the barrel length of the firearm, a multiplier to Pain and Limb damage is applied. Please refer to the lists of weapons or to the event lines to know your particular weapons' barrel length.

Group name Length range Damage multiplier
Subcarbine Up to 11" 0.8x
Carbine 11.1" to 14.9" 0.9x
Rifle 15" to 20.9" 1x
Precision 21" and beyond 1.1x


7.92 Kurz FMJ

See also

Real life information