A late stage refinement of the Colt-Browning 1895 "Potato Digger" machine gun, the Marlin 1918 discarded the signature toggle arm gas mechanism in favor of a more conventional piston running parallel to the bore. Reasonably light for a belt-fed weapon of the era, the 1918 was a success as an aircraft weapon, where it could be used in both flexible defensive mounts as well as fired forward through propellers with a synchronization gear. Often fitted with an aluminum cooling shroud, the shroud has been removed from this example, with the 5-line address and inspection marks on the receiver, matching serial number on the barrel, and the partial synchronization hardware on top of the receiver with "U.S. CAL..30" prominently marked on the side. A charging handle is mounted to the right side of the receiver, with a smooth pair of hardwood panels on the pistol grip.
Fine as deactivated, with about 70% of the original dark blue finish, showing a number of scuffs and dings, areas of gray and brown patina, and scattered spotting. The barrel has been welded to the receiver, the chamber welded closed, and a filled-in cut made on the right side of the chamber; the bolt has not been welded to the breech face, and can be cycled, though the hammer fails to catch at full cock and the pistol grip assembly is not secured to the receiver. NOTE: This is a registered DEWAT weapon with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), as a National Firearms Act (NFA) weapon, that is fully transferable. It has been classified as a Curio 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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