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Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:31 am
Anyone have experience with the MG08/15?
A new toy, 1917 Erfurt,
It comes on a bipod with the the 100 round drum, one, belt and a hose, I have a bit of a wait. I ordered the "Devils Paint Brush" book. I have a few original WW2 manuals. Any thoughts on other stuff, books, accessories that I may need? Any tips on shooting it? I saw that at one time, a tripod adaptor was made? I was wondering if I had an adaptor made, what would be the best tripod to use (MG42 Lafette, Mg3, Mg3AA or 1919?)
Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:30 am
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 too.
You'll need belts. Most of us have been using vickers belts because they were available and worked well. They're not so available anymore but you can still find them if you look.
The locks are something you'll want to stock up on. Having 2 or 3 working locks can save you a lot of pain and heartache when you're at shoot and something breaks. Its a lot easier to swap out a lock than to try and swap out a firing pin or spring.
The firing pin springs aren't really strong so ammo with hard primers probably won't work. The romanian stuff worked really well in mine and so did the Portuguese.
Once you get the thing in your hands you'll have more specific questions.
If the gun was ever a Dewat its likely the feed lever on the feedblock has been broken off and either replaced or fixed. The fixed ones can be a source mysterious issues. Guys tend to weld them back together at a 90 deg angle which looks good but keeps the feedpawl from pushing the round over far enough.
You should enjoy the gun if you like tinkering and fiddling. If you're more an M16 type who likes an MG that just works without effort it will be a good way to suffer.
Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:21 am
Thanks, that is great info, I have an MG3AA tripod and and I adpted a 1919 pintle to work with an Mg3. If I adapt that, I will have a couple of options. Does anybody have recommendations on manuals, which ones?
Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:35 am
The single best operating manual for the MG 08/15 would be HDv 368. There is also a parts book with everything listed and named, and a very well illustrated picture book. See www.Germanmanuals.com
for details and pictures of each.
Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:08 pm
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 who wanted to adapt the guns to other mounts. I don't know if they still do but its worth looking into. I've seen more than one gun sitting on an AA mount with one of the IMA sockets.
Hope that helps
Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:15 pm
I contacted IMA to and ask about buying the socket for the bipod as a separate piece or a complete BIPOD.
They replied promptly telling me that the Bipods were out of stock.
Maybe my local gunsmith can fabricate an adaptor that will fit onto where the Bipod attaches on the MG08/15 and then to my MG3 AA tripod?
Any thoughts or advice is appreciated,