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Lot 1667: Russian Model RM-38 Field Mortar

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Russian Model RM-38 Field Mortar, Class III/NFA Destructive Device

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Russian Model RM-38 Field Mortar, Class III/NFA Destructive Device

Manufacturer: Russian
Model: RM-38
Type: Destructive Device
Gauge: 50 mm
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: bright
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 336
Class: Class III

A man-portable infantry mortar in the pattern of the Stokes Mortar, the RM-38 was designed to use gas venting instead of angle of fire to control range; while this gave the advantage of being able to fire through tighter apertures, it also introduced greater mechanical complexity to the mortar, and was abandoned in later models. The main tube is fitted with a gas restriction collar at the base and a leather handgrip just below the folding bipod. The bipod is fitted with a shock absorber assembly, adjustments for traversing the mortar and leveling the legs, and a mounting point for a sight (not included), and marked "1940r". The baseplate is spiked on the bottom.

Rating Definition:

Good overall, with mild spotting and handling marks on the bright steel tube and bipod assembly. The baseplate has turned a dark brown patina with traces of what may be a black enamel finish. The adjustment mechanisms appear to be in good order. NOTE: This Destructive Device is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, 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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