Chris Boonzaier

Grips of DEATH ! German Machine Guns...

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OK, the title is corny.... sue me.... tell your lawyer I am hiding behind the woodpile.....

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Just kidding folks.... I would have to bash his head in with the entrenching tool... all weapons on this thread can no longer fire.... they are legally altered according to german law, which are alterations that are (thank god) hidden, not like the US destructive way of cutting up the reciever.

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Here is the Optical site and its case. This one was used by the Germans in WW1 then sent to Finland and used by them.

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DWM gun 4472 was made mid-late 1915, which means 90% of the 08s you see were made later in the war.

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Up until 1917 the maker and year were on the Fusee cover, then they started stamping them on the top cover. This Spandau Fusee cover never had the full date on it (19..) so I assume it had landed in Waffenmeister box and was used to replace the one the gun got in the factory (due to damage I suppose)....

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These newly repatriated Maxims were captured by the Canadians in WW1 and taken home. The 08/15 in private hands the 08 to a Canadian Veterans association.

After nearly 90 years they are now back home ;-)

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ID: 18   Posted (edited)

:jumping: WOW!!! :jumping: That is BeautifulHardware :love:

Thanks for sharing a glimpse of these beauties!!!

:beer: Doc

Edited by Riley1965

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Chris,

Great pictures. A great restoration as well :beer: Good job.

Mf wife objected when I tried to briing home a M1 Gerand. I can't

even imagion what she would say if I brought home a MG. :o

I can't complain too much--I do get away with hanging my daggers

and swords on the bedroom wall.

Thanks for sharing your MG with us.

Greg

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Mf wife objected when I tried to briing home a M1 Gerand. I can't

even imagion what she would say if I brought home a MG.

You know what.... when you come through the door with an MG... they tend to run and hide in the bathroom.... :P

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Soooooooooo ........ is the neighbor over the logs (in the direction the guns are pointed) a friendly person or not? :rolleyes:

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grips of DEATH.....

i was expecting a Kung-Fu orgy....

this was VASTLY superior,chris!!!

very nice!

joe

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Chris,

That is a beauty!! :jumping::jumping: Wow. I just love the early ones, I would love to get a shot at one of those someday. Even if it was just a demill. Think of where it has been :love: and what it has done :( . My gun was made in mid 1918 and it has the D barrel in it. Each gun was issued with 4 barrels stamped with the serial number and an added A,B,C or D. Each barrel was good for over 10,000 rounds. So even my late gun has fired over 30,000 rounds in anger(and worn out three barrels) during it's short service life in WW1. I would hate to think of the hundreds of thousands of rounds that have passed through that one. I am glad to see the original finish on it has not been messed with, a weapon like this should show its heavy use. The sled is early as well (maybe 1915 or earlier), the brass plate on yours is zinc on my 1917 dated one. Did the water jacket come painted that color? :unsure: Never mind that, you really got a great piece. I am green with envy. :cheeky:

Dan

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