H81455 MG34 MAIN SPRING CONTAINER. (Büchse für MG34 Sprengen)

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 resulted in the introduction of the MG42 general purpose machine gun in late 1941.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 13" tall, 7/8" diameter, blued tooled sheet metal cylindrical carrying/storage container with a vertical brazed side seam and a removable, friction fit top lid. The top lid has vertical grooves at its top edge for ease of handling and a small raised loop with a small "L" shaped cut-out to secure it to the container’s body. The top edge of the container’s body has two small, evenly spaced, raised pins which would slide under the raised loop and fit into the "L" cut-outs on the top lid. The container only retains about 35% of its original bluing with wear to the base sheet metal with light surface spotting. The container is well marked with the stamped manufacturers three letter code and date, "euh 42", indicating manufacturer by C.u. W. Meinel-Scholer Metallwarenfabrik of Klingenthal in 1942. Nice MG34 accessory.

GRADE ***                             PRICE $295.00

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