A World War II assault rifle that belonged to a German SS officer was handed in to a gun buy-back organized by police in Connecticut.
The rare find, which is worth up to $40,000, would have been sent home by an American soldier who had taken it from a prisoner of war or a German he had killed.
''The chance to see a piece of history - this - is absolutely unbelievable,'' said Officer Lewis Crabtree of the Hartford Police Departnent.
The gun was developed in 1944, holds a 30-round magazine and can shoot 500 rounds per minute. It was handed in to the police by a woman on the first weekend of December, when they also collected 55 pistols, 91 revolvers, 13 rifles and two derringers.
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