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Lot 1488: Steyr "bnz" MG42 C&R Fully Transferrable Machine Gun

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: September 12, 2020

Lot 1488: Steyr "bnz" MG42 C&R Fully Transferrable Machine Gun

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: September 12, 2020

Estimated Price: $50,000 - $70,000
Price Realized:

Steyr "bnz" Code MG42 Machine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferrable Machine Gun with a Wide Assortment of Accessories

Manufacturer: German
Model: MG42
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 8 mm
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: plastic
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 380
Class: Class III
Description:

One of the signature weapons of World War II, the German MG42 machine gun was one of the best infantry weapons of the war, blending portability and intense firepower, while also being more streamlined in production than earlier weapons. Dubbed "Hitler's Buzzsaw", the MG42's high cyclic rate (about 1,200 rounds per minute) gave it a distinct and intimidating sound, very alien to American and Commonwealth troopers trained with and around slower-firing weapons; at that speed, individual gunshots are replaced with a steady, disturbing roar. The 42's life went on after the war, continuing in service with the West German armed forces rechambered for NATO-standard calibers, and being used alongside the FG42 as inspiration for the American M60. Folding blade front and ladder rear sights are installed on the full length barrel shroud, along with a screw-on flash hider, folding bipod, and a quick-release barrel mechanism. A machined trunnion connects the stamped shroud to the stamped receiver, which is marked "PJ/282c/bnz" on the left side, with a set of ribbed pistol grips, MG3-pattern belt guide/ammo box mount, two-position safety switch, and a brown bakelite buttplate. The currently installed barrel is marked for 7.62mm. A large number of accessories are included; two MG34 pattern drum magazines with carrier, an assortment of spare parts, three spare barrels, two loading tools (one 1980s vintage, one older with handmade shim marked for use with 308 rounds), loaded belts of 7.62 and 8mm ammo, additional unloaded lengths of non-disintegrating metal belt, manuals (English translation) and a MG3 pattern folding field mount with a Hensoldt-Wetzlar scope and electric illuminator.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 75% of the arsenal refurbished blue finish, showing areas of brown patina, scattered spotting, mild wear and handling marks, and some scratches on the receiver. Some components (like the aforementioned barrel and belt guide) are post-WWII components. The grips show mild scuffs and scratches, and the stock is very good. Duct tape has been applied to some of the receiver components to reduce metal-on-metal wear. The accessories are in good condition overall, showing age appropriate wear. The loading tools and the illuminator have not been function tested. Mechanically very good. NOTE: This weapon is 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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