By late 1944 weapon shortages were beginning to be felt. The Volksturm were issued weapons from before WW1 upto modern cheap produced Volksturm specific weapons with a whole plethora of captured weapons from many countries of origin in various calibers (many with limited, finite munition supply's such as mortars). German industry was increasingly incapable of producing enough weapons as it was without the constant diversion and short production runs, they simply had run out of time to have the luxury to keep producing many different weapons and supply them with the different ammunition. The German military relied very heavily on captured war stocks to provide it with everything it needed throughout the whole war. Yet another item in the supply chain would not make much difference to the QM who were supplying so many different weapons, parts and munitions, quicker to produce weapons were needed and preferably in existing calibres.