H002684 SPARE MG34 BOLT. (Verschluß für MG34)

BACKGROUND: Among other restrictions, the Treaty of Versailles banned Germany from developing any type of heavy machine gun. To circumvent this German development of an all purpose machine gun were 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 Wehrmacht Ordnance department and deliveries of the MG34 began in 1936. From 1937 ongoing development resulted in the introduction of the cheaper production, fully automatic, MG42 in late 1941. Both the MG34 and the MG42 were manned by a three person crew with one individual being designated the "#1 gunner". The gunner was equipped with a specific gunners belt pouch which carried special tools and accessories for the weapon including a spare bolt. The bolts were slightly different for both weapons and were not interchangeable.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Finely crafted, multi-piece, tooled, polished, natural steel construction spare bolt for the MG34. The bolt is roughly 17cm long, with a roughly, 25mm diameter. The bolt features raised sleeves with semi-circular cut-outs to both the top and bottom edges, extended circular knobs and diagonally angled raised ribs, to each side near one end and angular cut-outs to each side panel. All the internal components appear to be intact. The bolt is profusely marked with no fewer then five stamped waffen-amt marks and hand etched serial number, "S330/2". The bolt is in overall very good, clean condition and all the components appear to function. Great for an MG34 tool kit display.

Please note, due to Postal Regulations. De-activated firearms and Inert Ordnance may not be shipped outside of Canada.

GRADE ****                                                         PRICE $388.00

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