Original German WWII MG 13 Blank Firing Attachment with Soaking Can
Original Item: Beautifully machined, complicated BFA replaces the normal front barrel bushing or flash hider for training exercises or public relations activities. Includes a machined metal case (the "soaking can") with a machined screw-on cap. Approximate size of the soaking can is 5 3/4" x 2 3/4". See Musgrave, pp. 163, 166.
The MG 13 (shortened from German Maschinengewehr 13) was a German general-purpose machine gun obtained by rebuilding a World War I water-cooled machine gun, the little-known Dreyse 1918, into an air-cooled version.
The MG 13 was introduced into service in 1930, where it served as the standard light machine gun. It was superseded by cheaper, faster firing models: the MG 34 and then later the MG 42. It was officially withdrawn from service in 1934; most of the MG 13s were sold to Portugal, where they were used into the late 1940s as the Metralhadora 7,92 mm m/938 Dreyse. Those MG 13s that were not sold were placed into storage, and these later saw use in World War II by second line German units. As it was easy to handle and reload, many second line troops could use the MG 13 with efficiency.
The MG 13 was designed to work with either a 25-round box magazine or a 75 round saddle drum. It was equipped with a folding butt stock and a carrying handle. It was used in the turret of the Panzer.
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