Fine condition overall with 85% of the wartime blued finish overall showing even, honest wear; handling and wartime use over the years. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a restricted, National Firearms Act (NFA) Class 3, Fully Automatic Weapon, that is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF&E) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478. This weapon is currently registered as a "PRE-MAY 86 SALES SAMPLE" and as such can only be purchased by an FFL, with a Class 2 or Class 3 SOT License; individuals/companies without these types of Licenses, cannot purchase this weapon. Before bidding on this weapon it is the obligation and sole responsibility of the FFL holder to understand and comply with all the State and Federal transfer laws and restrictions that apply in their current place of residence.
This is an example of a WWII German MG-34 light machine gun as used throughout WWII by all German forces. These were developed prior to WWII by the Rheinmetall company. They were an excellent and very reliable machine. However, they proved to be too costly and time consuming to produce, so they were eventually replaced with the later stamped and machined MG-42. These weapons featured all machined parts that were, in many cases, hand fitted with exacting tolerances. This example was manufactured by the Mauser factory in Borgiswalde outside Berlin. The top of the barrel jacket is marked "S/243/6839c", and it has the original folding bipod, front sight and tangent rear marked 2-20 (200-2,000 meters) and is fitted with the wooden buttstock. It has mixed manufacturers parts and serial numbers throughout the gun, which is fairly common in these early weapons as these parts were discarded before capture. There are no other accessories included with this weapon. However, there is a full compliment of all the basic field issue equipment and spare parts available in this auction for sale. There is a small old import mark on the receiver.