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by Abominog
Wed May 22, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: We are taking MG42 work, Limited and Picky. Pls read
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: We are taking MG42 work, Limited and Picky. Pls read

Jared is well respected. He’s a long time member on FAL Files. I spent some time speaking with him at KCR and he definitely knows the mg42. Clearly what he knows is that the 42, despite claims, has specifications and won’t work if it’s out of spec. New guys should read between the lines: 1. Don’t pl...
by Abominog
Sat May 18, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: MG-34 belt pull strength is weak - normal?
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: MG-34 belt pull strength is weak - normal?

Feed springs are a wear item and always the first suspect for problems. That includes the main recoil spring.

But as you identified the mg34 feed is not as strong as the Uber powerful mg42.
by Abominog
Wed May 01, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: M53 Production numbers
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: M53 Production numbers

Most of the early MG42s are in the ground around Stalingrad and the route back to Berlin. Same with mg34s. Anything before 1944 is less common. Iirc folke put the Sarac production at 170,000 or so. Export was very limited, probably only surreptitious events. I believe Rheinmatall numbers are compreh...
by Abominog
Wed May 01, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Mg42 wood stock ww2 german
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: Mg42 wood stock ww2 german

I’m not sold on the number of wraps. I have German shaped stocks with more than six wraps. Ok maybe early yugo stocks were copies of the German shape. I doubt we will ever know.
by Abominog
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: A Quick Guide to Machine Gun Maintenance
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: A Quick Guide to Machine Gun Maintenance

Way to go Glenn! You are now an immortal. But I will wait for the hardcopy...impatiently
by Abominog
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: M53 Production numbers
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: M53 Production numbers

That the Serbian factory used the German production machinery is documented. They did make some changes to reduce production costs in the M53, case in point the useless AA front sight mount. That they changed the buffer makes no sense minus the assumption that the drawings or equipment was damaged, ...
by Abominog
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Ladder sight install directions
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Ladder sight install directions

Ironically enough, I saw this an hour after removing for the first time two L-Kimme sights!

Now, if we can find an easy way to assemble the entire rear sight (without a tool).
by Abominog
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Mg42 adjustable front sight
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Mg42 adjustable front sight

I'll get a photo John. In the mean time, the airsoft was clearly modeled after something (or they used surplus military sights) maybe somebody knows? With it, the FH catch is interesting, though obviously it's stamped, the surface is striated with ravines, if I didn't know better I'd say it was a po...
by Abominog
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Mg42 adjustable front sight
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Mg42 adjustable front sight

Got a few kits that came out of Yugoslavia. One has an adjustable front sight. I did a search on it, and the only image I can find of an mg42 adjustable front sight is on airsoft! https://www.evike.com/products/55741/

Thoughts?
by Abominog
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: MG34 Photos and Video
Topic: Restored Mg34 feed tray's.
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Restored Mg34 feed tray's.

Any decent tray is going to run $250 plus.
by Abominog
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: M53 Production numbers
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: M53 Production numbers

I’ve not seen production number but clearly Yugoslavia would not need the 700,000 units produced by Germany during WW2 These are mg42 in all but name and a couple minor details. They were made on German MG42 machinery provided following the war. The AA sight base, missing on the M53, is useless agai...
by Abominog
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Grip stick FCG not working
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: Grip stick FCG not working

IMHO for any restoration, when using semi replacement parts/ assemblies plan on hand fitting. Especially the TNW MG34 semi parts. It's not just the aftermarket semi stuff. The factory original MG34 and MG42 exhibit significant tolerance variation. I've had to match bolts to recievers on the MG34, an...
by Abominog
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Flash hider: German v. Yugo
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Flash hider: German v. Yugo

Conventional wisdom right now is that FH with thin rings are German, and those with fat rings are Yugo. I found one old thread that agreed with this, though note that "anything BK was made by Yugos" is now known to be untrue, since the Yugos restamped German parts. http://mg42.us/viewtopic...
by Abominog
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Is there such a thing as a “dfb MU” Bipod?
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Is there such a thing as a “dfb MU” Bipod?

Bipods may be marked "dfb" but will not be marked with "MU". That's only the receivers.
by Abominog
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG42 Value
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Re: MG42 Value

The MU DFB that recently sold looked like a Dangola kit. Tracking sales, it appears that a "typical" MG42 kit runs about $2500-$2600. Given that a kit w/o any of the receiver aft of the trunnion recently sold for $2600, and the recent MU DFB went to $2500 before the third party quit biddin...
by Abominog
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG42 Value
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Re: MG42 Value

Complete MU DFB kit tops $4000. Two bidders drove it from $2500 to $4185

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/807003041
by Abominog
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: MG34 Photos and Video
Topic: Restored Mg34 feed tray's.
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Restored Mg34 feed tray's.

Phosphate is the way to go. I did likewise with two but I blued them and they look worse than when I got them.
by Abominog
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Politics and Your Rights.
Topic: BATF private letters
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: BATF private letters

1984
by Abominog
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Flash Hider Latch Lever WW2 & German
Replies: 8
Views: 469

Re: Flash Hider Latch Lever WW2 & German

I’ll take number 2
by Abominog
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: M53 REceiver?
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: M53 REceiver?

German front ends w/ uncut bearing sell for $800 - $1000. Yugo w/ cut bearing about $150, maybe $180. Uncut bearing probably double that. Complete German kits $2600+ and going up fast. Complete Yugo $1200-$1800, though I doubt we'll see any more at $1200. There is a one saw cut Yugo on GB for $2600....

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