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Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by DSerruya, Oct 19, 2010.
It appears to be an old MG-34 and that is NOT how one usually shoots it.
Yup. German beltfed. Appears to be missing one rather important part.
Doesn't have a barrel installed.
Good catch Bill. No barrel. Looks intimidating but keeps the tyrants safe from the troops.
Damn, good eyes bill.
I guess it could likely fire, but the kind of damage you would do to the front of the weapon is going to start at bad and quickly approach catastrophic.
Hmmm---I think it is actually a MG-42. The 34 didn't have those oval
holes in the barrel shroud.
It doesn't have a barrel installed in the picture, but for those that don't know,
the barrel on a MG-42 (or 34) can be changed in seconds. REALLY neat
feature on a aircooled beltfed, especially one with the cyclic rate of the 42.
Scroll down a bit, there is a pic of the barrel swung out for changing. Flip[
it out to the right, jerk the old one out, slam a new one in, latch it back
Modern Firearms - MG 42 and MG 3 machine gun
It also looks like it is missing the front sight.......
Unless that model just doesn't have one.
'34,'42 whats the difference!
42 is the evolution of the 34. Easier/faster/cheaper to manufacture,
higher cyclic rate, better able to function in the dirt/dust/mud of the
battlefield. They pretty much got it right---it's still in service as the
Front sight. Folding. It's down in the OP's pic.