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Lot 303: Australian International Arms OWEN MK I Machine gun 9 mm Luger

Auction Date: September 15, 2013

Rare Original Fully Automatic Class III World War II Australian Owens 9 mm Submachine Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Rare Original Fully Automatic Class III World War II Australian Owens 9 mm Submachine Gun

Manufacturer: Australian International Arms
Model: OWEN MK I
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 10 inch round
Finish: green paint
Grip: black plastic
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 78
Class: Class III

This is an excellent example of a very scarce/rare WWII Owens MK I submachine gun. This was the only submachine gun used by the Australian armed forces that was designed and manufactured totally in Australia. It was originally designed in 1939 and was manufactured from 1940-1945 and was used all the way up until approximately 1960. It has some very unusual features; the magazine is mounted on top of the receiver, with the ejection port being on the underside of the receiver with off-set sights with the cocking handle positioned towards the right rear side. However it proved to be exceptionally reliable and was a favorite with the Australian Army which lead to its long service use. The right side of the receiver is marked "OWEN 9MM.MKI 42/LYSAGRT.P.K./AUSTRALIA/PAT. PENDING/15165". It is complete with one original stick magazine.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 95% of the green arsenal painted finish overall. The black plastic pistol grips are good with handling marks and minor nicks on the upper sides of the front grip with some minor pitting on the front sling swivel. NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), Fully Automatic Weapon that is currently registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATF&E) that has been classified as a "Curio or Relic" as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478. Before bidding on this item, it is the sole responsibility and obligation of the bidder/Class 3 FFL holder to understand and comply with all the State and Federal transfer laws and restrictions that apply in their current place of residence.

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