H038184 MG34/42 M41 AMMUNITION CASE CARRYING STRAP. (MG34/42 Trägriemen für Munition)
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. 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, including a quickly detachable barrel, resulted in the introduction of the MG42 general purpose machine gun in late 1941. When issued the MG34 was accompanied by assorted accessories including the M41 ammunition carrying cases. The M41 ammo cases were originally developed for use with the MG34, and held up to three hundred rounds of the 7.92mm ammunition. The early cases were constructed of aluminum and later manufactured cases were constructed of steel. The M41 cases were used through-out the war with minor construction variations and were adopted for use with the MG42 on its introduction. Along with the M41 ammo cases was a special bag with shoulder strap that was designed to carry two of the M41 ammo cases distributing the weight to the carriers shoulders.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Heavy canvas construction M41 ammo case carrying strap with large, field-grey painted, steel friction clips to each end. The strap has a field-grey painted, sliding, steel, length adjustment buckle, two, sliding, canvas loops and an integral, field-grey painted, bent, steel wire attachment hook. The strap has no visible manufacturer’s marks. Scarce.
GRADE ****1/2 PRICE $299.00
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