H052981 MG42 SPARE BARREL CARRIER. (Laufschützer 42)

BACKGROUND: Among other restrictions, the Treaty of Versailles banned Germany from developing any type of general purpose 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. Due to its high cyclical rate of fire of up to fifteen hundred rounds per minute, the MG42 had the capability of actually melting its barrel and came equipped with replacement barrels and a specific spare barrel carrying case.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 63.5cm long, 5cm diameter, cylindrical, magnetic sheet metal construction spare barrel carrier for the MG42. The carrier has a staggered hinge with an internal retaining rod to the reverse and a rivetted and brazed on swivel, hinged, locking clip to the center of the obverse. The obverse opening has staggered, overlapping, scalloped edges. Each end of the carrier has a small brazed on metal loop for securing a carrying strap. The woven olive drab canvas web carrying strap with a sliding sheet metal length adjustment buckle is intact. The carrying strap is folded over and sewn to each of the metal securing loops. The interior of the carrier has two, small, spot welded on, semi-circular cut-out panels and a single extruding tab to the other end to secure the barrel in place. Of Note: The shade of the paint appears to indicate it was applied by the Norwegian army. The original ordnance tan paint can still be seen to the interior. One of the exterior ends of the carrier is well marked "Lauf Schützer 43" and "bhm", for Gustav Auerwald Besteckfabrik.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $295.00

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