Manufactured with a combination of parts on an E.L. Goldman side plate. The Maxim design was the first successful self-powered automatic weapon, operating entirely on the discharge force of the fired rounds instead of being dependent on outside energy, making it the first "true" machine gun. While an early design, the inherent quality of the design made it a mainstay European heavy machine gun through and beyond World War I; its eventual retirement was more due to changing doctrines in favor of highly mobile air-cooled infantry machine guns than the introduction of a superior design. Blade front and folding ladder rear sights, with a Tula "arrow in star" mark and "1943" date added to the receiver cover, with (transliterated Cyrillic) "GV349" on multiple parts and a set of wood handled spade grips. The "Sokolov" pattern mount is finished in green paint, with integral traverse and elevation mechanisms, a set of steel-shod hardwood wheels, and a metal ballistic shield.
Fine, with a refurbished green paint finish on the water jacket and 80% refurbished blue on the receiver, showing a few areas of brown patina, mild edge wear and light handling marks. The mount is in good order, with bright wear on the wheel edges and light handling marks. Mechanically very good. 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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