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Lot 1533: British Vickers 1918 Heavy Machine Gun with Tripod & Accessories

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

British Vickers 1918 Heavy Machine Gun with Tripod and Accessories, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

British Vickers 1918 Heavy Machine Gun with Tripod and Accessories, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Manufacturer: Great Britain
Model: 1918
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 303
Barrel: 28 inch round
Finish: green/blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 401
Class: Class III
Description:

An evolution of the Maxim Gun, the Vickers was a well refined heavy machine gun, with a water cooling system that permitted long strings of automatic fire without overheating. Blade front and folding peep rear sight, with a blued recoil booster assembly on the green painted, ribbed water jacket, a pair of smooth wood handles and brass oiler covers on the spade grip assembly, and a checkered thumb trigger. Numbers are mixed overall, with "broad arrow" proofs on some components and "DP" drill purpose marks on others. Included with the item is a wooden ammo box, a metal oil can, steam hose, a length of non-disintegrating canvas cartridge belt and a brass and steel folding tripod with integral traverse and elevation adjustment.

Rating Definition:

Fine, with 95% of the refinished green paint and 80% of the dull refinished blue. A few dings are present on the jacket, and the blued parts show areas of covered pitting. Some of the screws and pins are oversized replacements, and the bolt face shows significant wear. The grips are good, with some dents and scuffs. Mechanically fine. 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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