H079378 MG34 DOUBLE SPARE BARREL CARRIER. (Laufbehälter 34)

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. Due to its high cyclical rate of fire of up to nine hundred rounds per minute the MG34 had the capability of actually melting its barrel and was designed with a quickly detachable barrel and came equipped with replacement barrels and specific spare barrel carrying cases. The spare barrel carriers for the MG34 came in at least two models with one designed to carry a single spare barrel and another model to carry two spare barrels. Of Note: 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 66cm long, 50mm tall, 10cm wide horizontally oval, magnetic sheet metal construction dual spare barrel carrier for the MG34. The carrier has two, evenly spaced, raised reinforcement ribs running lengthwise to both the top and bottom edges and an additional five, evenly spaced, raised reinforcement ribs running width-wise. The top edge of the carrier has an olive drab canvas carrying strap with a rectangular, sliding, magnetic sheet metal length adjustment buckle. The carrying strap is secured to the carrier by a brazed on rectangular swivel ring positioned near each end. One end of the carrier has a fold back lid with a brazed and riveted on swivel hinge to the bottom and a swivel pressure closure clip to the top. The interior of the carrier has an inset bakelite panel to the reverse of the fold back lid and dual, sheet metal opened cylinders brazed in place to secure the barrels in position. Retains 90% original feldgrau paint. Maker marked "brc 43". The locking clip is broken off (Is included) and will have to be re-attached/welded back to the carrier. Rare to see with the original paint.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $750.00

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