Lot #1384
Lot #1386

Lot 1385: French Brandt Model 1937 Light Infantry Mortar, Class III DD

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: September 8, 2018

Lot 1385: French Brandt Model 1937 Light Infantry Mortar, Class III DD

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: September 8, 2018

Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250
Price Realized:

French Brandt Model 1937 Light Infantry Mortar, Class III/NFA Destructive Device

Manufacturer: French State Arsenals
Model: Brandt MLE37
Type: Destructive Device
Gauge: 50 mm
Barrel: 11 inch round
Finish: black
Grip: metal
Stock:
Item Views: 8368
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 181
Class: Class III
Description:

Developed from the heavier Brandt Model 1927 mortar, the Model 1937 was France's chief light mortar going into World War II. Intended as a more accurate and potent replacement for rifle grenades, the 37 was reasonably compact and light and saw use with both the Nazis and Vichy forces after the invasion of France. The baseplate is stamped steel construction, with a set of four ground spikes and a swiveling ball socket permitting traverse and elevation adjustment. Fitted at the base of the main body is a bubble level and a spring-loaded manual trigger, followed by the range-setting mechanism, a screw-adjusted collar which covers a set of vent holes in the breech to control chamber pressure. A series of notches catch a wire run between the legs to set the angle of elevation, and a folding post and notch sight assembly. The marking "L. Gr. Mle 37/No.7723" is present on the right side of the tube. A traverse adjustment screw is installed on the folding bipod.

Rating Definition:

Fine, with 70% of the arsenal matte black finish showing some light handling marks and wear overall. While not tested, the item appears to be in good order. NOTE: This Destructive Device is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.



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