H001079 MG34/42 GUNNER'S BELT POUCH. (Werkzeugtasche 34/42)

BACKGROUND: Among other restrictions, the Treaty of Versailles banned Germany from developing any type of general purpose machine gun. To circumvent this, German development of an all purpose machine gun was secretly being done in Switzerland in the early 1930's. By 1934 designer Louis Stange of the Rheinmetall armaments factory had made improvements to the secret machine gun developed in Switzerland and the MG34 was introduced as an all purpose selective fire weapon. In spite of the relatively high production cost, the MG34 was accepted by the HwaA, Heereswaffenamt, (Army Ordnance Office), a subsection of the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), that was responsible for testing, evaluation and eventual issue of all ordnance, and deliveries of the MG34 began in 1936. In 1937 due to the high cost and manufacturing time of the MG34 development began on another general purpose machine gun which utilized stamped and pressed components making it cheaper and quicker to produce. Further developments resulted in the introduction of the MG42 general purpose machine gun in late 1941. Of Note: With a rate of fire of roughly nine hundred rounds per minute, the MG34 was a formidable weapon with automatic and semi-automatic firing capabilities and production continued even after the cheaper and higher rate of fire, (1,500 rpm), MG42 was introduced. Both the MG34 and the MG42 came equipped with a wide variety of accessories.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Grained, simulated blackened leather, Presstoff construction MG34/42 gunners pouch with leather, steel and alloy fittings. The pouch has a fold over top flap (stitching is coming undone) with a stitched, horizontal leather hinge to the reverse and a stitched on, vertical, leather closure strap with a single cut-out stud eyelet to the obverse. The closure strap affixes to a steel stud situated on the bottom of the pouch. The pouch has eight, small puncture rivets in a circular pattern to the front body designed to secure the internal frame panel. All of the interior components have been removed from the pouch. The reverse of the pouch has two, stitched on, vertical leather belt loops and a central, leather reinforced steel "D" ring. Comes with an MG wrench and a ruptured cartridge remover.

GRADE ***                             PRICE $439.00

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