H032183 MG34 BI-POD. (Zweifussgestell MG34)

BACKGROUND: Among other restrictions, the Treaty of Versailles banned Germany from developing any type of general purpose or 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 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. Both the MG34 and MG42 were issued with a wide variety of accessories including a removable bi-pod for use in static positions as a light machine gun. 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Blued, machine tooled steel construction MG34 bi-pod with brazed fittings consists of two roughly, 33cm tall legs, with outwardly angled feet to the bottom and a central, spring loaded joining hinge to the top. The bottom edge of the spring loaded hinge has a central, vertical, adjustment screw that would adjust the expanding angle of the legs for height adjustment and a level standing on uneven terrain. The very top edge of the bi-pod has an opened, semi-circular sleeve designed to secure it to the forward barrel of the MG. Positioned just below the attachment sleeve is a horizontal, cylindrical, swivel bar that permitted the bi-pod to be placed in either the down position for usage or the upper positioned for transportation or storage. The interior edges of the legs are hollow with a inset spring loaded clip near the bottom of each and corresponding, extended metal tabs with central, vertically oval, cut-outs. The spring loaded leg clips and corresponding, extended metal tabs were designed to be attached to an extended locking nut positioned on the bottom edge of the barrel sleeve to secure the bi-pod in the upward closed position.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $476.00

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