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Lot 1540: Steyr "bnz/41" MG34 DEWAT Machine Gun with Accessories

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

World War II Steyr "bnz/41" Code World War II MG34 Medium Machine Gun, Class III/NFA DEWAT, with Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000

World War II Steyr "bnz/41" Code World War II MG34 Medium Machine Gun, Class III/NFA DEWAT, with Accessories

Manufacturer: German
Model: MG-34
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 8 mm
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: wood
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 405
Class: Class III

Developed prior to World War II by Heinrich Vollmer of Mauser, the MG34 machine gun was a mainstay tool of German infantry forces through the full duration of the war. A machined steel beast, the 34 was a very versatile weapon, suitable for vehicle use, support fire from a sturdy folding tripod, or in rapid tactical movement from a bipod or fired by the shoulder. While later models were more efficient, banking heavily on stamped components and simplified designs to speed production, the MG34 was never fully retired. This example has a receiver and barrel housing manufactured by Steyr in 1941, wartime code "bnz", with mismatched number parts from multiple sources. Folding blade front and ladder rear sights, with an adjustable flash hider at the muzzle, a folding bipod, and "bnz/41/4837" on the rear of the barrel housing. A pair of ribbed grip panels are installed on the grip, which is fitted with a safety switch and a dual-mode trigger unit. The buttstock is wood, and a leather sling is attached. Also included with the grouping is a double drum "saddle" magazine (note: not compatible with the installed top cover), a pair of side-mount belt carrier drums with transport frame, and a length of canvas feed belt, along with a 1943 dated German language manual, a set of 1968-vintage sales/shipping paperwork from noted NFA dealer J. Curtis Earl, and 1968 vintage transfer papers.

Rating Definition:

Very good as deactivated, with 60% of the dull arsenal refurbished blue finish, showing areas of gray and brown patina and scattered handling marks. The grips and stock show some scuffing and dents, with the latter showing some chips and light cracks. The deactivation consists of the barrel being welded closed and welded to the barrel housing, the barrel housing being braised to the receiver, and some of the internal components removed; the bolt has not been welded closed/welded over. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), Class 3 DEWAT that is fully transferable, 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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