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34 lafette bracket

Postby Franz20 » Sun Apr 12, 2015 3:28 am

I've recently acquired a Yugo 42 lafette (Yugo lafette with a mix of 42 lafette parts). I own an MG-34 though. I've seen another member on here convert a yugo lafette to a 34 lafette with great success. But the crucial piece is the front bracket/clamp/system.

Has anyone tried to reproduce that piece? Would anyone be willing to venture and try to? I've spoken to several machinists and showed them photos. They doubt it would be difficult, but they all pose the same question. "Do you have an original I can copy?". If I had an original, I wouldn't be there!

So are there any highly skilled machinists with a 34 lafette that would ever consider such an undertaking?

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Re: 34 lafette bracket

Postby Franz20 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:01 pm

Shot in the dark, does anyone have a Lafette 34 near indianapolis? Theres a company called Indianapolis Ordnance that does top quality custom work. He's looking into possibly doing this project. If someone nearby would be willing to donate a few hours of their time and their lafette for him to measure, that would help this project along.

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Re: 34 lafette bracket

Postby Franz20 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:32 pm

C'mon there are no 34 owners who want to own a 34 lafette?

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Re: 34 lafette bracket

Postby Franz20 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:33 pm

Or if anyone has an original 34 lafette bracket they'd like to sell?

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Re: 34 lafette bracket

Postby anjongni » Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:47 pm

AS I follow the listings on G/B for "MG34 parts", there are a couple of folks in So CA that typically advertise. One in particular has a ROOMFULL of MG34s on Lafette-34s. He just sold a latch, inexpensively.
I would get to know him by purchasing some random part...then breach the question.
The clamp is a mechanical answer to a simple math problem. Being lousy at math, I would solve it with cardboard cut-outs and tracings of the end of a shroud...and a thumbtack.
I did notice that the "latch" is similar to the clamp-on panzershroud accessories. The clamps are available from AAS Sniper98.
If you get them made, let me know. Good luck....Phil

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Re: 34 lafette bracket

Postby anjongni » Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:54 pm

http://www.ima-usa.com/original-german- ... -1943.html
Couple close-ups of the bracket. I see that it pivots on the same center as the receiver pin.
Those brilliant Germans!....Phil

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Re: 34 lafette bracket

Postby anjongni » Sun May 03, 2015 9:37 am

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =481095938
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This unloved MG34 "Lafayette" looks to be in a junkyard in OK. Hope somebody talks the owner into sanity and gets it to restore.....Phil

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Re: 34 lafette bracket

Postby Blanksguy » Sun May 03, 2015 12:19 pm

Just remember if you copy the MG34 Lafette-front-mounting-bracket (to weld into an MG42-Lafette-Rail-system) that when the MG34 Barrel-Jacket pivots to the right, it also "cams" forward about 3/8" in that front mount.

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Re: 34 lafette bracket

Postby anjongni » Sat May 16, 2015 8:37 pm

Richard, I didn't realize that it also cammed forward. Makes sense. Thanks for the info....Phil


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