H095685 MG42 COCKING HANDLE ASSEMBLY. (MG42 Laden Handgriff)

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. 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: MG42 cocking handle. Approximately 20cm in length, blued, tooled steel construction. Attached to the side is a 7.5cm handgrip. Nicely "bpr" marked. Retains a good portion of its original bluing.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $395.00

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