H024085 MG34/42 FIFTY ROUND AMMO BELT.

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 utilized the standard German 7.92mm ammunition and came equipped with a wide variety of accessories including assorted sized ammunition belts that were utilized in conjunction with the starter tabs.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Fifty round, 7.92mm blued, tooled, magnetic sheet metal construction MG34/42 ammo belt. Each of the fifty individual round links in the belt are attached to the next link by a five ring coiled wire. The first extended link was designed to fit into the starter tab.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $59.00

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