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Lot 1623: Gustloff Werke- Suhl MG34 Machine gun 7.92 mm Mauser

Auction Date: September 11, 2015

MG-34 Machine Gun, Registered Fully Transferrable, with Field Mount

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

MG-34 Machine Gun, Registered Fully Transferrable, with Field Mount

Manufacturer: Gustloff Werke- Suhl
Model: MG34
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 7.92 mm Mauser
Barrel: 24 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: Bakelite
Stock: Bakelite
Item Views: 3253
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 266
Class: Class III

Developed in the mid-1930s, the MG34 is perhaps the best machine gun of it's class and era, and is credited by some as the first true general purpose machine gun. This quality came at a price, and the manufacturing process for the 34 was very involved, which led to the introduction of the MG42 as a faster, less intricate substitute. Folding blade front and elevation adjustable notch rear sight, the former out near the end of the heat shield and the latter fitted with an additional pop-up long range peep sight, with the top of the heat shield assembly stamped "dfb/1940" and Nazi proofs on a number of components. The trigger is a distinctive "double crescent" arrangement, with the upper section used to tap off single shots and the lower section for full automatic fire, and a safety lever is mounted on the left side. Major components are numbered to match, with some mixed smaller components. Fitted with a folding steel tripod, ribbed pistol grip and a steel reinforced buttplate. Included with the MG34 is a 1939 dated field tripod, with a tan drab paint finish, integral traverse and elevation mechanisms, and a pair of canvas covered pads on the front leg (straps not included). Scope case & scope included with lot.

Rating Definition:

Very good as refurbished with over 80% of the Arsenal style dull blue finish, showing some light handling marks. A small amount of play is detectable in the buttstock. The tripod is in good order. The barrel currently installed on the gun has a welded breech, but is not braised or welded into the heat shield, and no additional attempts at deactivation have been made. NOTE: This item is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco. Firearms and Explosives as a Machine Gun, and was registered before the 1986 cutoff. Though the barrel is plugged, this is not a DEWAT or a deactivated/destroyed weapon, and all regulations for a fully functional machine gun apply. It is the sole responsibility to understand and comply with relevant federal, state and local laws that regulate or forbid ownership of this item.

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