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 LOT 604
Soviet Russian Degtyaryov DTM Medium Machine Gun,
Machine Gun - Serial no. TA362, 7.62 mm
       Russian cal., 24 inch round bbl., blue finish, metal stock. A variant of the DP-27 infantry machine gun, the DTM was equipped for use on armored fighting vehicles as a mounted or coaxial gun, with altered sights, a different barrel profile and magazine shape and an integrated mounting collar at the front of the receiver. The front sight is absent, with an adjustable peep sight and raised optic mounting collar on the receiver, elevated to clear the drum magazine. The magazine has a smaller diameter and a greater height than the standard DP, though installs on the receiver in much the same way. A pair of ribbed pistol grips are installed, as well as a 10-position telescoping buttstock with canvas pad and metal shoulder rest. CONDITION: Fine as deactivated, with 40% of the arsenal blue finish, showing areas of brown and gray patina, mild scuffing and general wear. A few welded repairs are visible at the rear of the trigger housing, in the vicinity of the locking hardware for the buttstock. The grips show mild wear and scuffing, and the pad is stained and torn but still generally solid. The deactivation has been performed by welding the breech closed, but the bolt is still mobile and has not been welded over on the face. 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. Estimate: 6,500 - 11,000
 LOT 605
Spandau Maxim MG08/15
Belt Fed Machine Gun, Class
III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable
- Serial no. 4883, 8 mm cal., 24
inch round bbl., blue/green finish, hardwood stock, hardwood grips. Originally
This “1918” dated World War I Imperial German Army Model 1908/15 Maxim heavy machine gun was manufactured by the Spandau Arsenal.
developed by Hiram Maxim in the 1880s, the Maxim Gun is credited as the first true automatic weapon, using the energy generated by firing the
round to cycle the weapon, and was one of the most influential weapons of the 20th century, as it was the first self-sustaining, heavy machine gun
used by any country on the battlefield. Predating the idea of the air-cooled quick-change barrel, Maxim dealt with the technical challenge of the
massive heat generated by automatic fire by installing a water-filled jacket around the barrel, an innovation that would continue to be used for decades afterwards.
It was adopted by the British Army in 1895, with the Imperial German Army following suit in 1899, and then the Russian Army in 1905. It was used heavily by all three
of the aforementioned users throughout World War I as a ground mounted version in trench warfare. It earned the nickname the “Devils Paintbrush” due to its ability to mow down hundreds of men during the large scale assaults from the trenches. The large distinctive steel water jacket held seven quarts of water to cool the barrel which allowed it to have long sustained bursts of fire of up to 500 rounds before the water started to boil. At around 2,000 rounds of sustained fire the water would all boil off and the jacket had to be refilled. This was quite an astonishing feat in 1915.
 Features include the large steel water jacket, blade front sight, tangent rear sight graduated from 400-2,000 meters, crank-adjusted spring tension regulator on the left side of the frame, pistol grip mounted safety, and a solid hardwood buttstock. Matching serial number marked on various components. CONDITION: Very good (as incomplete), with 80% of the blue finish, showing areas of brown patina, scattered handling marks and mild edge wear. The water jacket has been painted green during period of usage, and retains about 70% of the paint, with dents present on the jacket and the tension mechanism. The wood is fair, with a broken off toe, chipping and dents overall and significant play in the buttstock. The bolt is absent from the receiver; while not a “DEWAT” on paper, it is not fireable as currently configured. 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. Estimate: 7,500 - 12,000

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