H028481 MG34 SLING. (MG34 Trägriemen)

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 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 Wehrmacht Ordnance department and deliveries of the MG34 began in 1936. When issued the MG34 was accompanied by assorted accessories including a carrying sling. The carrying slings for the MG34 and later the MG42 were of almost identical design and were somewhat interchangeable, although the trigger attachment clip on the MG42 was slightly wider making the MG34 sling difficult to attach or remove.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 29 3/4" long, 7/8" wide, dual, age and usage darkened, brown leather straps machine stitched together at each end with an opened center. Each of the straps have a roughly, 6" long, dual ply, internal padded, central section for added comfort when carrying the MG. One end of the straps has a steel friction attachment clip, while the other end of the straps has an opened center, rectangular, steel, push release clip with a side swivel bar. The push release clip is well marked with a stamped Waffen-amt.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $369.00

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