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by Abominog
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: SA M53 cycling issues
Replies: 13
Views: 277

Re: SA M53 cycling issues

Springs. The answer to 90% of feed problems is worn out springs.
by Abominog
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Bolt will not fit
Replies: 11
Views: 1625

Re: Bolt will not fit

Note to restorers: when torch cut it is very common for receivers to warp. Also to be “sprung” meaning taking a shape due to metal memory. Make sure your bolt slides through each cut section BEFORE you reweld. Then of course you can also have warp during the reweld too. But start and check even befo...
by Abominog
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG42/53 Markings
Replies: 35
Views: 2338

Re: MG42/53 Markings

I'm reviving this old thread, and bringing it back on track. The topic is primarily Yugoslav markings as indication of whether a part is German MG42 or Yugo M53 SARAC. Having handled a number of MG42 and M53 kits, including excellent condition complete (including receiver parts) kits, matching numbe...
by Abominog
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: MG34 Photos and Video
Topic: Mg34 and son.
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: Mg34 and son.

Lucky kid! The only kid in his school with a Lafette 34 at home.
by Abominog
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: WTB Mg34 Feed Tray.
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Re: WTB Mg34 Feed Tray.

If you are patient you can prolly get one off eBay for $250 plus shipping. I’d need closer to $400 for one of my spares. I have some that were or are rust covered and pitted. Would be functional if cleaned up with belt sander. I can do $150 on one of those. Will make trades for stock cup or top cove...
by Abominog
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: WTB Mg34 Feed Tray.
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Re: WTB Mg34 Feed Tray.

Gunbroker and eghay. Going rate $400


What are you willing to pay for VGC or restored pitted examples?
by Abominog
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: MG34 Build It Yourself
Topic: MG34 BLUEPRINT
Replies: 43
Views: 7341

Re: MG34 BLUEPRINT

It’s too bad he disappeared they are great prints. Only complaint is no drawing for positioning the cam. I tried to track him down without success. I wouldn’t sell my set for $300 and even then I’d have to think twice.
by Abominog
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: MG42 Photos and Video
Topic: Mg42 canvas sling
Replies: 7
Views: 372

Re: Mg42 canvas sling

IIRC Bergflak says they are post war.

You yourself used the word faked so the question is how to prove it’s original.

And how do we know the wartime buckle wasn’t reused for a web sling?
by Abominog
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: My Musings
Topic: And you think your having a bad day??
Replies: 2
Views: 991

Re: And you think your having a bad day??

Darned +P loads.
by Abominog
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: Mg34 Wartime Finish
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Re: Mg34 Wartime Finish

I believe all wartime 34 were blued

Many 42 were finished with a clear phosphate of dubious value.
by Abominog
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Semi automatic and full automatic in one receiver?
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: Semi automatic and full automatic in one receiver?

Salt6 lives! Welcome home, friend. Conversely to the above possibility, it could have been a registered machine gun, and the guy made a semi auto kit that works in the MG receiver. It's perfectly legal to do that, just not the other way around. Yes, and no. Yes, one can use semi parts in a register...
by Abominog
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Introductions (or one way to increase your post count).
Replies: 308
Views: 82894

Re: Introductions (or one way to increase your post count).

I have two copies of HDv 241, one to read in bed, the other to get filthy while working on projects. I highly recommend that volume.
by Abominog
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: MG42 Accessories
Topic: Paint codes
Replies: 7
Views: 842

Re: Paint codes

JBaum wrote:take a paint chip to the paint store and have them put it in their machine to match it.



Would they be more accurate if I took the whole twin mount?
by Abominog
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: MG42 Accessories
Topic: Paint codes
Replies: 7
Views: 842

Re: Paint codes

Do you mean the WW2 colors or post war? You'll find paint codes for WW2 dunkelgelb which is total rubbish because the actual paint varied so much. Do a search on WW2 ordnance (ebay or GB) and compare shades- it isn't all in the lighting. I have been searching for post-war green to touch up a MG42 tw...
by Abominog
Tue May 22, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: MG34 Accessories
Topic: mg34 trigger actuator lafette
Replies: 10
Views: 1612

Re: mg34 trigger actuator lafette

Where are you located?


The early MG34 trigger assembly is unique. It allows users to select between single-fire and automatic fire.

I don't have one to show you.
by Abominog
Tue May 22, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: New Run of MG74 Profile Barrels?
Replies: 4
Views: 1130

Re: New Run of MG74 Profile Barrels?

Ravenna Armory makes them from chrome lined Izzy 1919a4 barrels, complete and blued for under $300.

https://www.ravennaarmory.com/gun-parts ... e-b-clone/
by Abominog
Wed May 16, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: MG34 Accessories
Topic: mg34 trigger actuator lafette
Replies: 10
Views: 1612

Re: mg34 trigger actuator lafette

42rocker wrote:You did a nice job on that.

Later 42rocker



Thanks. Took a bunch of photos last week with the hope of doing a book on the Lafette reassembly.
by Abominog
Mon May 14, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: MG34 Accessories
Topic: mg34 trigger actuator lafette
Replies: 10
Views: 1612

Re: mg34 trigger actuator lafette

Here is what the mechanism set looks like. Do NOT remove the levered assembly from the rails; this is the same assembly for both Lafette 34 and Lafette 42.

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by Abominog
Mon May 14, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Bolt will not fit
Replies: 11
Views: 1625

Re: Bolt will not fit

If rails are .01 thicker each that’s .02 which can be a lot. Filing isn’t very accurate. Make sure they aren’t bowed too. A twist to the rewear will also cause binding. Coat the bolt and carrier in dychem to see where the wear is. The 42 is far more forgiving than the 34. That receiver takes hours o...
by Abominog
Mon May 14, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Build finishing help
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Re: Build finishing help

Looks to me like original finish was phosphate not blue. Every city has a company that can phosphate.

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