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by Abominog
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: M53 bushing replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

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: 1305

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: 1305

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: 1061

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: 1061

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: 9
Views: 2607

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: 1061

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: 1250

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: 1419

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: 19370

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: 1233

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...
by Abominog
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Increasing MG42.us traffic and value
Replies: 3
Views: 612

Re: Increasing MG42.us traffic and value

Thanks John. I didn't mean to sound critical, I'd just love a more active board here. There is so much interest in the 34/ 42.

You looked pretty good at KCR! Well rested, etc.

ps. How about a forum just for the Lafette?
by Abominog
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: MG34 Accessories
Topic: Converting Lafette42 trigger for Lafette 34
Replies: 4
Views: 1233

Converting Lafette42 trigger for Lafette 34

Howdy gang, I have a jalopy Lafette 34 with no fire control parts and want at least something sort of functional. So I took the entire FCG out of a Lafette 42. What a task! Three rivets/pins are end-peened. Looking at John Baum's D124/2 "MG34 Lafette" it appears that the 34 and 42 FCG are ...
by Abominog
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Increasing MG42.us traffic and value
Replies: 3
Views: 612

Increasing MG42.us traffic and value

I read recently somebody (John?) wrote something like the traffic on the site is low since interest in the MG34 and MG42 is past peak. I disagree. More M53 kits have been imported than MG42. Look at the MG34 and MG42 activity on GB and Ebay- it's crazy. Interest is very high- I just think the diffic...
by Abominog
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: MG34 receiver question
Replies: 3
Views: 1786

Re: MG34 receiver question

Member "Matt" was looking for one of these.
by Abominog
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: The Lafette wrench - What does it do?
Replies: 9
Views: 2607

Re: The Lafette wrench - What does it do?

OMG I could have used one of those! Never seen one in real life, where is the best place to find one?
by Abominog
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: HK marking on MG34
Replies: 2
Views: 1294

HK marking on MG34

I was looking at a front receiver stub. On the top front left there is a marking about 1/4" HK in a circle.

I don't recall any HK marking on the MG34. And I can't imagine it would be Heckler Koch because I'm unaware of any MG34 refurb programs.

Any ideas?
by Abominog
Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: Re painting a lafette mount
Replies: 3
Views: 1375

Re: Re painting a lafette mount

Cover it with a clear matte.
by Abominog
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: MG34 Stickies
Topic: Restoring 34 Lafette
Replies: 4
Views: 3923

Re: Restoring 34 Lafette

Thanks for the insights. I contacted Greg who claimed he did not have a correct MG34 end cap, but cut me a deal on a 42 Yugo complete upper which was OK since I needed some of those parts anyway. This "kit" I bought is mostly reject parts, and missing lots of parts. Now I have everything I...
by Abominog
Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: MG34 Stickies
Topic: Restoring 34 Lafette
Replies: 4
Views: 3923

Restoring 34 Lafette

I got a 34 Lafette partial kit to restore! Yeah! Another project! The rear end cap is sadly gone, so no markings there. However, the lower assembly is marked ECY. And, the original color was dunkelgelb. Now, if I read Bergflak's website properly, this would only be the second known ECY in dunkelgelb...

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