H031180 MG34 ANTI-AIRCRAFT RING SIGHT. (Fliegerabwehr Kreiskorn)

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. The MG34 was 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 an anti-aircraft ring sight. When used in the anti-aircraft role the MG34 would be mounted on the Dreifuß 34, (Tripod 34) or the Lafette 34, (Gun Mount 34), with a special adaptor. Of Note: The MG34 anti-aircraft ring sight was not adaptable to the MG42.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 11cm diameter, blued, finely tooled steel construction MG34 anti-aircraft sight used in conjunction with the standard tripod (Lafette 34) or the anti-aircraft tripod, (Dreifuß 34). The sight consists of three concentric rings with a central vertical and horizontal bar running through all three rings and creating the crosshairs at the center. The sight also has four diagonally angled retaining bars that pass through the two outer rings. The bottom center of the sight has a attachment clip to attach the sight to the MG34. Nice Wa marking.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $455.00

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