The STG44 was the world’s first true assault rifle and the pinnacle of German small arms achievement during the war. Up until then, the two primary infantry weapons were bolt action rifles and automatic submachine guns. The STG44 was designed to bring the two weapons together, by firing intermediate rifle rounds out of a fully automatic carbine that could be easily carried around, unlike the American BAR. Around half a million STG44s were made, and they were intended to eventually phase out the 98k rifle completely, but the war ended before it could. Afterwards, captured STG44 rifles ended up in the hands of the Soviets, who developed the design into the AK-47.