Original U.S. WWII Fairchild CG-16 Camera Machine Gun

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an extremely rare Fairchild CG-16 Camera machine Gun from WW2. These were developed and built by Fairchild Aviation Corporation for the U.S. Military. The Fairchild CG-16 Camera machine Gun is of similar appearance to the standard American service machine gun (the .50 caliber Browning), weighs the same, may be mounted on regulation mounts and is operated in the same manner. The gun is basically a motion picture film camera which "shoots" 16mm film so long as the trigger is depressed. For fighting training the guns are attached to standard flexible mounts, when they are to be operated by a gunner other than the pilot, and on fixed mounts, with remote control from the pilots' control column for fixed-gun  training.


This is a very difficult item to find for sale. Note that one in the James Julia Auction Spring sale 2014, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. As with our example, the actual camera unit was not included. With so few Fairchild camera guns on the market; it leads one to the conclusion that these items may have been mostly destroyed following WW2.


This example remains in excellent condition with the trigger device fully functional. The exterior shows its original finish and its original manufacturers plate and markings. This piece come mounted on a reproduction 30 caliber US M2 tripod. In some of the literature we noted that these camera guns could also be used for ground training. This item is a truly unique piece of WW2 militaria that was used by most branches of the U.S. Military and some Allied Nations. A very scarce piece for the militaria, machine gun or the camera collection.


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