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Phosphate finished bolt

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:23 pm
by schmisser
I acquired a war time mg-42 bolt that has parkerized or green finish.Are these war time original
Say late 1944 or45 production? The bolt is marked bhy.

Re: Phosphate finished bolt

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:22 pm
by JBaum
It is a very early bolt, before they started hard=chroming them. Like any bolt from WWII, I recommend not shooting with it, as its wartime quality is not known, and old steel that has been stressed will crystalize and then shatter under more stress.

M53 or MG3 bolts are fine, but with wartime shortages of certain ores and slave and unskilled labor, the dependability of a wartime bolt certainly is questionable at best.