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Original German WWII MG 13 Display Light Machine Gun with Magazine - Maschinengewehr 13

Regular price $2,995.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a stunning totally original German MG 13 Light Machine guns built on BATF compliant non-firing dummy receiver. It is made from a portion of original demilitarized receiver, with more than 40% reproduction new made material as well as 2 inches of solid steel bar stock.

The MG 13 was the standard light machine gun of the Wehrmacht from 1930 through 1934. The design, which was adapted from the Dreyse machine gun of World War One, is simple and rugged. From the tactical point of view, the Germans considered that the LMG they wanted had to be belt fed with a quick barrel change feature, which led to the MG 34 being adopted. Nevertheless, the MG 13 saw widespread use as a second-line light automatic weapon. Some countries, for example Great Britain, had fine success using a magazine-fed gun as their basic LMG (the BREN gun), and the United States had good success with the BAR in a similar role.

The MG 13 did have a relatively rapid barrel change feature, which permitted sustained firing over longer periods of time, but it was a little more involved and time consuming than the MG 34 and BREN. The BAR, of course, did not feature a quick-change barrel at all. In order to support the MG 13 in the sustained-fire role, each fire team was supplied with extra barrels. 

This example bears 1938 dates and Wafffenamt proofs on various components. It features all original parts (with the exception of a 2 inch portion of the dummy receiver) including a foldable butt stock and functional bipod. 30 Round magazine included where permitted, otherwise deactivated magazine will be sent.

Weight 13.3 kg (29 lb)
Length 1,443 mm (56.8 in)
Barrel length 718 mm (28.3 in)
Cartridge 7.92×57mm Mauser
Feed system 25 round box magazine, or 75 round saddle drum, 5 round stripper clip

The MG 13 (shortened from German Maschinengewehr 13) is a German light machine gun developed by converting the Dreyse Model 1918 heavy water-cooled machine gun, into an air-cooled version.

Dreyse Model 1918 Machinegun: In 1907 Louis Schmeisser of Erfurt patented a machinegun named in honor of the inventor of the needle gun by the heads of the factory where it was made which was founded by Dreyse. The Dreyse machinegun was a heavy, usually tripod mounted, belt-fed and water cooled machinegun.

The 1907 model was succeeded by the 1912 and later 1918 models. On ascending to power Adolf Hitler immediately ordered the Model 1918 to be modernized by the company Simson in Suhl. It became the MG13.

The MG 13 was introduced into service in 1930, where it served as the standard light machine gun until 1935. It was superseded by the MG 34 and then later the MG 42.

MG 13s were sold to Spain where they retained the designation of MG13 and to Portugal which used them into the late 1940s as the 'Metralhadora 7,92 mm m/1938 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.

On later examples a 75-round saddle drum was also used. It was equipped with a folding butt stock and a carrying handle It was used in the turret of the Panzer I tank.

The Chinese Nationalist Government also imported the MG 13 with the Panzer I Ausf A. tanks from Germany in 1936. The MG 13 was also used against the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Portugal used it as squad automatic weapon during Portuguese Colonial War, under the name m/938.

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    New Jersey, Washington

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Legal Information

  • This item is completely legal within the USA. International Military Antiques, Inc observes all Federal, State and Local laws. Everything for sale on is completely legal to own, trade, transport and sell within the United States of America. Every display machinegun and machine gun parts set and gun sold by IMA, Inc is engineered to be inoperable according to guidelines provided by the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF).
    Deactivated magazine will be sent where live magazine is not permitted.
    High Capacity Magazine Laws & Restrictions
    Due to State & Federal law we do not ship magazines that exceed the following capacities to the following locations, and a deactivated magazine will be sent:
    California - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
    Colorado - 15 round maximum for all magazines.
    Connecticut - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
    Hawaii - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
    Illinois - 15 round maximum for Chicago and Aurora. 10 round maximum for Oak Park and Cook County.
    Maryland - 20 round maximum for all magazines.
    Massachusetts - 10 round maximum for all magazines
    New Jersey - 10 round maximum for all magazines.
    New York- 7 round maximum for all magazines.
    Washington, D.C. - 10 round maximum for all magazines.

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