Archive for Machine Guns

Italian Breda M37 HMG

Posted in Firearms with tags , , on May 10, 2020 by The Dude

This heavy machine gun appeared out of nowhere this last month. It’s manufactured by Breda in 1939. It all matches however the barrel has a 1938 roll date so I am assuming they dated the major parts upon manufacture and then assembled them later. It’s a dewat obviously but a nice one, with a moving bolt and a topcover that lifts to reveal the guts of the gun. A great back drop to my Carcanos!

Italian Breda 30 LMG Stripper Clip

Posted in Ammunition & Fusing with tags , , , , on November 24, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_Italy_(1861-1946) Another bit of kit I’ll never get to use. The Italian M30 Breda Light Machinegun fired Carcano 6.5×52 rounds just like the standard Italian military rifles of the time. This is a stripper clip designed to refill the horizontally fed magazines for this gun.It holds 20 rounds.

MG34 Anti-aircraft Sight Ring

Posted in Optics, Parts & Accessories with tags , , , , on July 20, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgHere is a mid/late war phosphated anti-aircraft sight ring for the MG34 machinegun. The gun was placed on the drelfuss tripod mount and this sight attached. The sight is unmarked.

MG34/42 Lafette

Posted in Parts & Accessories with tags , , , on July 25, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThe big problem with owning machineguns, functional or not, is how do you display them.They weigh about 30 pounds and personally I don’t trust them to stay on a wall hanger. A few weeks ago I found a Lafette for the MG42. This one is original 1941 manufacture but used postwar by the Austrian Bundesheer. It has all original pads as well as the correct range card still attached. Looks lovely. Of course the feet will do terrible things to my hardwood floors so I still have to solve for that.

German MG-42 Machinegun

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , on March 2, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgFinally after 5 years of searching I have snagged a Maschinengewehr 42. This example is manufactured by Wilhelm-Gustloff-Werke, as indicated by the dfb stamped on the side of the receiver rear. Gustloff used a two digit code to indicate the year of manufacture. In this case it’s MU which is 1944.

MG34 50 Round Ammunition Drum

Posted in Magazines with tags , , , , , on April 19, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgHeavily overpainted but still with the original dunkelgrün paint showing through underneath. Yes I did attach this to my MG34. Yes it did fall off with 50 rounds in it and hit my toe.

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German Maschinengewehr 34

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , on April 18, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my 1938 Mauser manufactured MG34. It is numbered 8998 and matches except for the stock. It is stamped BSW 1938. What’s nice about these pre-war mg’s is the machined top cover, compared to the stamped ones that they changed to later. Again, it’s a demil. But it’s also a beast. Thank you Arms Code of Canada.