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by Abominog
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: MG34 Barrel Marking Survey
Replies: 0
Views: 11

MG34 Barrel Marking Survey

Looking over some MG34 barrels I thought it would be interesting to track some of the markings and history. IMG_3421 cs.jpg I'm no expert on codes, so those I couldn't find quickly I noted as "unknown" Si unknown O unknown bys Ruhrstahl AG, Guss-stahlwerk, Witten 936 unknown dfb Gustloff D...
by Abominog
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: Check your MG34 "booster cone" ...a possible warni
Replies: 78
Views: 18942

Re: Check your MG34 "booster cone" ...a possible warni

There are at least four cone sizes from 9.5 to 11.5. Not withstanding the evidence that the 9.5 was to specific ammo, that multiple sizes exist may be indicative that the cones could be used to tune for conditions. For example a gun heavily used in running battle (eg Kursk) could have been made to r...
by Abominog
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: Tiger MG34 turret part
Replies: 2
Views: 196

Re: Tiger MG34 turret part

Good luck finding the rest LOL!
by Abominog
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: MG42 Accessories
Topic: Überschießtafel for the Lafette 34 & 42
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Überschießtafel for the Lafette 34 & 42

Thanks for that, great study!

There is one more Tafel, that being the one I have, also known as "The reproduction that will not fit in the alloted space."
by Abominog
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: MG34 Stickies
Topic: Restoring 34 Lafette
Replies: 4
Views: 3076

Re: Restoring 34 Lafette

An update. Folke Myrvang, the author of the MG34/42 book, recommends that the Lafette not be disassembled. It is, in my experience, a chore. So when I restored mine I didn't have a FCG. I did get a Lafette 42 FCG, so finally decided it's better than nothing. In test fitting, it looks like the Lafett...
by Abominog
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: MG34 Accessories
Topic: Mg34 Lafette Holder - Interesting I want one!
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Re: Mg34 Lafette Holder - Interesting I want one!

I saw those for sale.

Totally awesome, even if reproduction!
by Abominog
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: Odd MG34 bipod
Replies: 0
Views: 96

Odd MG34 bipod

Hi gang,

Got this bipod today. No screws...some other dohickey instead.

The entire thing has but one marking, on the head (WaA 813).

Side reinforcements on legs are the long variety.

Late war? Post war?

Thanks.

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by Abominog
Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: M53 bushing replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: M53 bushing replacement

I did somewhat change the subject, but it's still on topic since it involves all the same parts. Yes, it appears that the MG3 bushing threaded section is longer than that of the M53. It does indeed bottom out on the booster cup/ nozzle. I'm surprised nobody has complained about this before. I assume...
by Abominog
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: M53 bushing replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: M53 bushing replacement

I procured a M3 bushing from RTG. Combined with the M53 flash hider and recoil nozzle, the FH won't screw onto the M3 bushing all the way because the recoil nozzle prohibits it from doing so. It would appear that the M3 bushing threaded area is likely longer than that of the M53.
by Abominog
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: M53 bushing replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: M53 bushing replacement

I was hoping to weld in the bushing on multiple shrouds for resale (and also my own semi M53). In looking at the RTG ad again, it is quite clear that the used Rhinemetall bushings are MG3. So my original request to avoid MG3 in the discussion is void. Duh. So with the M53 kit comes the MG42-style sh...
by Abominog
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: M53 bushing replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: M53 bushing replacement

Thanks Richard.

OK, I can readily tell the difference between MG42 and M3 barrel bearings....how do I discern between bushings?
by Abominog
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: M53 bushing replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 333

M53 bushing replacement

There are discussions about measuring the location of the bushing for replacement which leave me wondering "why"? Forget about long vs. short bearing. For the sake of this discussion I'm talking about an M53 that was cut through the bushing and a replacement used Rhinemetall bushing from R...
by Abominog
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: Which top cover is less common?
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Which top cover is less common?

Here's what I have so far. Note the manufacturer and inspectors (WaA) are not the same facility, even on the same piece! Top cover, clc (Richard Herder), WaA519 (Eichorn 1941, 1942) Top cover, bpr (Grossfuss) no WaA Top cover, 963 (mfg code unidentified), WaA4 (DWM), WaA407 Bipods: keep in mind thes...
by Abominog
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: Which top cover is less common?
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Which top cover is less common?

I tried to start something on different maker marks a while back but it was shot down by a mod, who is not a mod anymore. So it would be great to start going forth with getting data and info on this site. r That's stupid. Why would we not want to undertake a study of German MG codes and occurance? ...
by Abominog
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: The Lafette wrench - What does it do?
Replies: 7
Views: 738

Re: The Lafette wrench - What does it do?

JBaum wrote:I have a Norwegian lafette wrench for sale. I do not have a German one for sale.



I saw that on your website. Will you bring it to KCR for me?
by Abominog
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: Which top cover is less common?
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Which top cover is less common?

I haven't seen published a list of quantities manufactured by firm, so at this point I suspect the rarity of marked parts is based more on survival than number manufactured. With nothing published, it then falls to collectors who have the experience of observation of a long time. So- please see atta...
by Abominog
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Way fast firing MG42
Replies: 7
Views: 292

Re: Way fast firing MG42

Did you try a heavy bolt? Are the rollers undersized maybe so premature unlock?
by Abominog
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Receiver and shroud source
Replies: 5
Views: 380

Re: Receiver and shroud source

Shooter, have you seen the SELLING prices of 34 and 42 stuff lately? Assuming it continues this stuff isn’t inflated it’s an incredible investment!! Barrels I paid $100 for three years ago are topping $400!! Too bad I sold them at $300!! Duh. The only thing I can see that’s down is mg34 cut receiver...
by Abominog
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Review of John Baum's German Manuals
Replies: 31
Views: 12907

Re: Review of John Baum's German Manuals

I have long relied on John Baum's MG translations for restoration and troubleshooting. But I recently found that John clearly goes well above and beyond translation. While disassembling the Lafette 34, I referred to his Lafette manual since it wasn't clear how the FCG could be removed. Upon reading ...
by Abominog
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: MG34 Accessories
Topic: Converting Lafette42 trigger for Lafette 34
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Converting Lafette42 trigger for Lafette 34

Thanks Richard. This is for a semi 34, so it's one pull of the handle per shot. So either way, it's release the handle for the next shot. I was at Greg's (Allegheny) last week picking through his parts. The PITA is figuring out how to reshape the 42 trigger to work with the 34. The sled has to be re...

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