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The StG 46 (abbreviation of Sturmgewehr 46, "assault rifle 46") is a German selective-fire rifle developed during World War II as an improved version of the STG 44 that was designed in 1944. It is also known under the designations as the STG 44/46. The StG 46 in practical therms was exactly the same as the STG 44. Such as it had an longer grip from the barrel to the bottom of the gun and that the front rod was removed. It was quite effective as it’s predecessor, however an improved version of this weapon being the STG-46T which had a higher rate of fire and it could fire in three shot bursts instead of semiautomatic fire. It was later replaced by the STG-60 but it was still used by many Nazi Affiliated states (ex. Vichy France, Slovakia, Croatia, Spain and Italy).