MG 13 Display Gun with Anti-Aircraft Mount & Rare Double Trommel Magazine

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. Well this is really rare! The German MG 13 Machine Gun was adopted in 1931 and was designated the MG 13 to confuse the Allied League of Nations that forbade Germany to rearm after WWI. AH, of course, came to power in 1933 and history tells us the rest of the story. The MG 13 was the forerunner of the famous MG 34 that did not really come into serious production much before 1938, basically the same year that the MG 13 ceased production. Both weapons fired the same 8mm German round (7.92mm x 58mm). The MG 13 was magazine fed, either by a 25 round box or a 75 round double trommel reminiscent of the Luftwaffe double trommel for the MG 15 Machine Gun. The MG 13 trommel mag, however is a "figure of eight" design unlike the "saddle bag" design of the MG 15. This display MG 13 Machine Gun has been constructed from all original parts on a legally drilled MG 13 receiver completely re-welded so as not to accommodate any of the internal parts making this display weapon non-functional and officially classed by BATF Technical Branch as a "NON GUN. It is completely legal to own without any federal restrictions or licenses. The weapon comes with a folding butt stock and bipod and is mounted on an original Anti-Aircraft Tripod commonly referred to as the "Music Stand" (for obvious reasons). This mount was also used with the early MG 34 Machine Guns.

Best of all, this display comes with the ONLY MG 13 Double Trommel Magazine we have ever owned, as these magazines are exceptionally rare. The magazine itself is in rather matured and somewhat pitted condition and appears no longer to function. It is however, possibly the most rare German machinegun magazine of WW2. This is an amazingly hard to find example of an early German WW2 era MG 13 Display Machine Gun which we have been very fortunate to have purchased from a former IMA customer's estate.

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