42rocker wrote: 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.
That's stupid. Why would we not want to undertake a study of German MG codes and occurance? Right now it's all in the heads of 60+ year old long-time collectors.
bpr = Grossfuss, 1942-1943
clc = Rich. Herder
963 = unknown
I'll have to look at the Waffenampt to establish dates. The clc for example was used (reportedly) in 1940, 1941, and 1944. If that's the case, a 1940 or 1941 would probably be quite rare, since most of those went to the Eastern Front.
Of course, it's not unlikely that clc was used 1940 through 1944, and that the '42 and '43 manufacturing hasn't been confirmed.
More likely, clc made MG34 top covers in 1940 and 1941 (maybe '42) but after that everything went to "dot" so any 1944 clc MG34 parts would be spares.
When I look at the Waffenampt I'll get one data point. If we could record more, then the answer to the above would be more conclusive.