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by amafrank
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: German
Topic: MG08/15
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: MG08/15

I'd suggest Johns manuals too and I'm not connected in any way. His translations are top notch and quality of the manuals is excellent. Even if you can read German finding an original manual will be difficult and very pricy. At one time IMA sold the socket for the bipod as a separate piece for those...
by amafrank
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: German
Topic: MG08/15
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: MG08/15

Back a few years guys were using Bren tripods because they were cheap and everywhere. Now they're not. There are still tripods for the MG3s and some guys have made up adapters for them too. You can adapt to any tripod if you're handy. I had mine on a bren tripod. They work just fine on the bipods to...
by amafrank
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: HK marking on MG34
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Re: HK marking on MG34

There was an inspectors proof HK found on yugo or czech manufactured ZB26- and later guns. I've seen it on other guns as well. It is quite possible the MG34 had gone through a rework at one of the factories in one of those countries or had been built there. DOT was in Brno CZ of course. Hard to tell...
by amafrank
Sun Oct 16, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: 1934 MG34 BSW
Replies: 4
Views: 1170

Re: 1934 MG34 BSW

Its been faked up. Look at the fonts on the numbers in various locations. Also note the serial number on the bipod.....never seen one numbered like that. You're right, the guy hasn't got a clue about the trigger. They are all (normally) select fire, not full auto only. The MG42 has no semi setting a...
by amafrank
Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: How to Blank adapt a PM 1910 Maxim?
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Re: How to Blank adapt a PM 1910 Maxim?

the easiest way is to buy a blank adapter made for the gun. The Finns made them up and apparently used them. Northridge had some at Knob Creek a few years back. You might check their website along with numrich and sarco. If you can't find one it is possible to make a new orifice for your standard bo...
by amafrank
Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Crack in MG 42 Receiver and stuck cases
Replies: 7
Views: 1232

Re: Crack in MG 42 Receiver and stuck cases

As I said in the first post details will help a lot. As for the steel cased ammo that is not the problem and isn't a problem for the gun. It was designed to use steel cased ammo from the start. Steel is much more consistent in operation and at the speed the gun runs will have much fewer issues. The ...
by amafrank
Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Crack in MG 42 Receiver and stuck cases
Replies: 7
Views: 1232

Re: Crack in MG 42 Receiver and stuck cases

There was no pic attached to the post. It will help considerably to give more detail on the the sticking cases and chances are that the crack has nothing to do with the sticking. It is quite possible that the crack has something to do with a recuperator that is worn out and needs new springs. You sh...
by amafrank
Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Belts, 50, 150, 250..????
Replies: 5
Views: 773

Re: Belts, 50, 150, 250..????

There are huge differences in the MG53 belts. They are made from disintegrating links and are 50 cal. The MG53 is a US made commercial 50 cal built by colt. The M53 is the Yugo copy of the WWII German MG42. The M53 belts are identical to the German WWII 8mm belts but they have no markings on the att...
by amafrank
Wed May 25, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: Replacing Barrel Collar
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: Replacing Barrel Collar

What is a barrel collar? Are you putting a leash on your barrels? Are you talking about the Barrel Extension which is the piece the bolt locks into? If that is the case I'd not worry about it. If the gun is just a semi you'll likely never wear it out. If its a real 34 than you'll wear it out if you ...
by amafrank
Mon May 23, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG3 Bolt Head?
Replies: 2
Views: 585

Re: MG3 Bolt Head?

In addition the MG3 bolt head will take a different extractor retainer that won't work with the M53 bolt head. If you already have spares for the M53 bolts you're better off with them.

Frank
by amafrank
Mon May 23, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Belts, 50, 150, 250..????
Replies: 5
Views: 773

Re: Belts, 50, 150, 250..????

The belts used in the HK21 are DM1 belts and the ones RTG is selling are also. No difference between them. Standard length for field use belts are 50 rds and the segments of 50 can be linked together to make any multiple of 50rds. I have seen 100rd belts and 200rd belts which are used in vehicles an...
by amafrank
Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: MG08 barrel fit an MG08/15?
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: MG08 barrel fit an MG08/15?

Actually if its threaded it means its a german maxim barrel. I've seen a couple german proofed barrels with no threads but not for a long time. Almost all the barrels out there are threaded so they could be used for either gun. On the other hand most of the chinese and Swiss barrels I've seen are no...
by amafrank
Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: MG08 barrel fit an MG08/15?
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: MG08 barrel fit an MG08/15?

The barrels are the same other than the sleeve on the end of the 08/15. The 08/15 uses a somewhat smaller diameter booster piston which screws on the end of the barrel unlike the MG08 which has a piston that slips over the end of the barrel when the booster is installed. The piston in the MG08 is co...
by amafrank
Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: i am thinking about making a 7.62x54r m53
Replies: 79
Views: 10149

Re: i am thinking about making a 7.62x54r m53

Having chambered hundreds of 7.62X54R barrels I can tell you from experience that it doesn't matter where the shoulder is on the cartridge or the chamber as long as the rim is in the right place. Your headspace guages will only have about a half inch long spigot on the end of the rim because thats a...
by amafrank
Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: German Firearms
Topic: MG08 Bipod
Replies: 2
Views: 678

Re: MG08/15 not MG08 Bipod

and if that is very good condition I'd like to see what he considers poor. I've seen nicer ones going for that kind of money here in the states and no worries about importing gun parts from overseas. If you need one for shooting check IMA. They had some repros made that work and look great. If you w...
by amafrank
Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: MG Shroud part what is it?
Replies: 3
Views: 762

Re: MG Shroud part what is it?

Not much there to give any idea of size. Could be for an MG15, MG81, MG131........just about anything they used in the air or it could be for some tank or armored vehicle. With a Waffen Amt proof it is not likely Luftwaffe as they had their own procurement system and proofs. Good luck finding out an...
by amafrank
Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Newbie with a mg53 kit from apex
Replies: 6
Views: 807

Re: Newbie with a mg53 kit from apex

You might have more luck finding bits and pieces as well as info if you look for the right model. The MG53 is a Colt commercial variation of the 50 BMG M2. The yugoslavian copy of the MG42 is an M53. Even though a lot of guys can't tell the difference you'll find more with the right model than you d...
by amafrank
Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: i am thinking about making a 7.62x54r m53
Replies: 79
Views: 10149

Re: i am thinking about making a 7.62x54r m53

I'm not sure why you don't understand the headspace gauge for a rimmed cartridge. It does measure the distance between the boltface and the case head with the bolt locked. The no-go guage will hopefully prevent the bolt from locking due to the inability to close completely. Headspace is the distance...
by amafrank
Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: MG42 Accessories
Topic: .308 Loader Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: .308 Loader Issues

First thing is that the belt is not right.....you can't load them with the MG3 loader. That belt is actually for the MG74 to the best of my knowledge....it is not DM1. It is made from individual links interleaved. DM1 links are held together with little spring looking joiners. They'll run in the 42 ...
by amafrank
Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG42 Cyclic rate question
Replies: 3
Views: 698

Re: MG42 Cyclic rate question

Real life rates on the MG42 vary from about 1100 to 1300 in 8mm and around 1000 to 1250 or so in 308. As noted the springs can affect the rate but not as much as you'd think. They can slow it down when they get weak but new strong springs won't necessarily speed things back up. The recuperator sprin...

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