Original German WWII MG 13 Display Light Machine Gun with Rare Brass Magazine Well, Magazine & Sling - Maschinengewehr 13

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice totally original German MG 13 Light Machine guns built on BATF compliant non-firing dummy receiver. It is made from an original demilitarized receiver, new made made material with 30% replaced with 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 multiple Waffenamt 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. The butt stock still locks into the open position, and an be folded back up along the right side of the receiver, though the retaining button is missing. It also features a rare early brass magazine well, which we have very rarely seen.

The display gun comes with a a carry handle, and also included with this lovely gun is an original magazine and sling. Deactivated magazine will be sent where prohibited.

A really nice deactivated example of this important development in German firearms history. Ready to display!

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 AH 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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