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by JBaum
Thu May 26, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: Auction Sites, Good Deals, etc.
Topic: MG34-MG42: GERMAN UNIVERSAL MACHINEGUNS
Replies: 8
Views: 1061

Well!!!!!!!!!!!! I like the book. It's missing just enough information, that people have to buy my translated manuals. Myrvang is working on another volume. When they sell out of the first volume, they may print another one. If I remember right, he said it was about post war variants. And for my nex...
by JBaum
Thu May 26, 2005 5:46 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Now or never
Replies: 19
Views: 1833

I went insane 6 years ago and bought one for $15,000. boy was I nuts, huh?

hahahahahaha most of what I have, I couldn't afford to buy.

Anybody want to buy a deckungswinkelmesser? I have an extra that's for sale.
by JBaum
Thu May 26, 2005 5:43 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Bolt marked "BK"
Replies: 8
Views: 758

The spring plunger inside the bolt is called the bolt catch. For full auto, it prevents the bolt rollers from bouncing out of the grooves in the barrel extension and causing an out of battery explosion. It's a must have for full auto, but I don't think it's used for semi. If used for full auto, and ...
by JBaum
Tue May 24, 2005 12:16 am
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: About the MG34 bipod
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

I just scanned in all the pics for the next MG 42 manual tonight. 93 pages in the original, and it will likely be very close to that for the translation. This is the manual with the exploded parts views, showing all the pins and spring and each little part. Should be the perfect thing for somebody w...
by JBaum
Mon May 23, 2005 12:50 am
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: About the MG34 bipod
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

Thanks, what they said makes sense the way I read it then. Sometimes when translating, the same word can mean several things, and without the item in front of me, it's impossible to know exactly what is correct. Considering that people pay money for my work, I think it's only fair to make sure it's ...
by JBaum
Sun May 22, 2005 11:01 pm
Forum: Auction Sites, Good Deals, etc.
Topic: ---->Gun Broker, German MG42 Armorers Kit
Replies: 6
Views: 843

the round extractors don't fit the square extractor bolt head, either. I got my kit for $20. I figured the firing pins and ejector rods were worth that. Without a modern bolt head, the extractors are a great decoration on a keychain - nothing more.
by JBaum
Sun May 22, 2005 10:59 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Beautiful 42 @ gun show
Replies: 6
Views: 752

a good belt sander with finer and finer paper does wonders for polishing off welds. After that, a car buffer makes it shine so the blue looks like it glows. I had a buddy with a body shop who cleaned one up for a guy.... couldn't tell a thing when he was done.
by JBaum
Sun May 22, 2005 10:53 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: About the MG34 bipod
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

About the MG34 bipod

I don't have an MG34 and I'm finishing up a manual for it..... can the bipod spin completely around while attached to the MG? In other words, when it's on the barrel housing, will it rotate 360 degrees? From what the manual says, it sounds like the bipod will fold and hook on the mount, but when it ...
by JBaum
Fri May 20, 2005 12:55 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: red paint on the ground tripod?
Replies: 8
Views: 1003

In the manual for the Lafette, it is suggested to remove the deflector when shooting blanks, and that's about all. It makes no sense to have it red for a combat situation.... my deflector is red too. Maybe since the Germans train with blanks a lot, they were red so that they would be spotted if left...
by JBaum
Tue May 17, 2005 2:09 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Recuperator Tube Loacation
Replies: 14
Views: 2263

Ahem..... The recuperator holds the barrel toward the front. When the powder gas is trapped in the muzzle booster (between the nozzle and muzzle of the barrel), it acts like a piston and cylinder, pushing the piston (barrel) rearward. The recuperator first slows the rearward motion. At the max rearw...
by JBaum
Tue May 17, 2005 1:42 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: German Translation anyone?
Replies: 9
Views: 824

I don't have the series, and probably wouldn't be much help anyway. I taught myself to read German, but once you get past "Ya" and "Schnell" (from Hogan's Heros) I'm lost. I don't speak German, I just read it and translate it to English. Someday maybe I'll save up enough spit in the back of my throa...
by JBaum
Fri May 13, 2005 9:58 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG42 Twin Mount Pictures?
Replies: 7
Views: 1298

zwillinssockel mount

Some of the information for it is in the MG34 manuals I've already translated. The actual Zwillingssockel manual was being translated by Ryan Schnee: http://www.zwillingssockel.com He has a real zwillingssockel in the IF5 trailer. He brought it in from Belgium, I think. It's an interesting site. I d...
by JBaum
Fri May 13, 2005 1:40 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG42 Twin Mount Pictures?
Replies: 7
Views: 1298

The zwillingssockel twin mount for the MG34 (above) is the same as the one made for the MG42. The trigger mechanism and sights are a little different, that's all. The surplus twin mounts for the MG3 (same mount fits the MG42) that are often seen for $1,000 or so, are about $200 in Germany. Shipping ...
by JBaum
Fri May 13, 2005 1:34 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Legal eagles take note, help needed.
Replies: 8
Views: 874

If you want an answer to your question that's worth more than the paper it's written on, you'll have to write ATF with what you propose to do, and if it's OK, they'll say so. Anything less than that is just howling at the moon. Of course, with a commercially available solid block of steel dummy rece...
by JBaum
Mon May 09, 2005 12:27 am
Forum: MG42 Accessories
Topic: ground tripod
Replies: 6
Views: 1291

MG34.com sells wartime Lafettes that were reworked post war. They look nice, but have a bucket of kerosene to wash off the preservative grease when you get it. The ones I saw had the data plate on the searching fire device (repro plate, I think).
by JBaum
Mon May 09, 2005 12:23 am
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: still popping primers
Replies: 21
Views: 2381

There's an easy way to test headspace with an MG42 without guages. First, make sure the chamber is SPOTLESS. I suggest a big bore brush and an electric drill on the end of the cleaning rod to make sure the chamber is perfectly clean. Dirty chamber = tight headspace. When the dirt falls out, the head...
by JBaum
Sun May 08, 2005 11:51 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Barrel return spring measurement??????
Replies: 4
Views: 797

By "barrel return spring" do you mean the recuperator or recoil spring? According to the manuals, the strength of the recuperator springs can be checked by removing the recoil booster and putting the weight of the gun on the nozzle (hold it vertically, butt up). The recuperator should support the we...
by JBaum
Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:03 am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: mg 42 sling
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Split slings are frequently on ebay, and I often see the cloth slings, which have the same hardwear on the ends as the leather slings. Expect to pay $50 or so for a split sling that's not waffenamt proofed, double that for one that is. The split sling is made to go around your shoulder or around you...
by JBaum
Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: Suppliers, Manufacturers and Refurbishers
Topic: English Language Manuals
Replies: 1
Views: 1651

Thanks for the plug. Right now I'm working on a manual for the RPD communist block belt fed. I also have an Austrian StG58 manual sitting here that's next in line. I have a few MG42 manuals that I haven't translated yet. One of them has some great exploded views of the MG42 with every spring and riv...
by JBaum
Wed Apr 27, 2005 10:15 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Yugo MG42 2/box with mounts like new 17,000 euros-Link
Replies: 11
Views: 1126

17,500 in Czeck money is $747.90 US. Two MG42s (more likely MG53s) for under $750... makes ya sick, doesn't it? I paid 20 times that for my ONE MG42, and that was 6 years ago. For anyone who needs to convert money, like euros to dollars, yen to ducats, stuff like that, go to http://www.xe.com for cu...

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