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Lot 1577: Pre-WWII Austrian MP-34 C&R Registered Class III-NFA SMG

Auction Date: September 7, 2019

Very Desirable Pre-World War II Austrian MP-34 C&R Registered Class III/NFA Submachine Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $12,000 - $18,000

Very Desirable Pre-World War II Austrian MP-34 C&R Registered Class III/NFA Submachine Gun

Manufacturer: Steyr
Model: MP34
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 8 1/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 303
Class: Class III
Bore Condition: -

This is a fine example of a scarce pre-WWII Austrian MP-34 SMG. These early SMGs were a marvel of machining and manufacturing, produced when every part was completely machined and hand fitted. This model was adopted by the Austrian Army in 1934 and was eventually manufactured for use by the German Army in 1939/40. This machine gun was produced by the Steyr factory and is marked on the left side of the receiver with: "W/Austrian Eagle proof/34". It has a one piece receiver, barrel jacket and magazine well that are all fully machined as noted. Fitted with a walnut stock. It is a blow-back operated machine gun which fires from an open bolt in both semi and fully automatic and has a cyclic rate of approximately 550 rpms. It has a rifle type tangent rear sight graduated from "50-500" meters, a blade front sight, and a side mounted bayonet lug. These were later replaced by the MP38 and eventually the MP40s. It is complete with three original 32 round stick magazines and an original leather sling. It has matching numbers on the various parts.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 70% of the blue finish still remaining overall with general light blue loss and thinning overall on the exposed metal parts. The bolt and cocking handle remain in the white. The stock is in very good condition with a nice original medium brown color overall showing numerous light pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is classified as a "Curios 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.

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