Developed in 1902, the Madsen is one of the earliest mass produced light machine guns. Over 36 nations would invest in the gun, and the Madsen would be deployed in World War I, World War II, the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, the Russo-Japanese War and elsewhere. While military use tapered off in the 1970s, the Madsen has been found on both sides of the drug conflict in Brazil as late as 2009, with gangsters reportedly stealing them from museums and old Argentine Army stockpiles and the Brazilian Military Police breaking out old stocks of Madsens from the Brazilian Army inventory. Blade front and 1900 yard tangent rear sight, with an unknown marking milled off the left side of the frame ahead of the magazine well, 3-position selector switch to the rear, the plastic cocking knob on the right and an ejector port on the underside. Fitted with a folding bipod on the underside of the heat shield, a combination flash hider and recoil booster, and a smooth buttstock with a mounting socket in the underside. Included with the machine gun is six magazines and a folding steel tripod with on-board traverse and elevation mechanism.
Very good with about half of the original black finish showing areas of brown patina, scattered scratches and mild spotting. The stock is fair with some cracks, dings and flecks of green paint. The tripod is in good order with some wear, spotting and paint loss. Mechanically very good. NOTE: This item is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco. Firearms and Explosives as a Machine Gun. It is the sole responsibility of the bidder to understand and comply with relevant federal, state and local laws that regulate or forbid ownership of this item.
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