Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 550: Colt Machine Gun Machine gun 11 mm

Auction Date: February 25, 2016

Colt Vickers Model 1918 "Balloon Buster" Aircraft Machine Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Colt Vickers Model 1918 "Balloon Buster" Aircraft Machine Gun

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Machine Gun
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 11 mm
Barrel: 28 inch round
Finish: blue
Item Views: 1713
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 62
Class: Class III

OG - POOR- major or minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated, wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative; generally undesirable as a collectors firearm in its present state.


Adapted for use on airplanes, the Balloon Buster got it's name from being used to hunt down German observation balloons, firing a French-designed 11mm incendiary round that got along famously with the hydrogen-filled balloons. NOTE: This item is registered with the BATFE as an "Unserviceable Firearm", and parts are absent. It is the sole duty of the bidder to understand all relevant laws and restrictions, and no guarantees are made about the expense, feasibility or safety of "re-activating" this weapon.

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