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    Posted: 18 Jul 2012 at 17:51
I have a Spandu machine gun for sale, came off a German WW1 air craft.
It has been decommissioned and is missing the bolt. Barrel welded up at breech.
All other parts look great, also have the interuptor for it.
I hope these pics work, if not please PM me with your email and I can send some pictures.

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For  information ,...... Both the "Top Cover with its back sight"  & also the"Feed Block" , both engraved / stamped with # 2343 , have come off a GROUND , MG 08/15 version of the gun .
These parts therefore do NOT belong to the same gun as the basic LMG 08/15 Breach / barrel jacket & rest of the assembly .

The parts , coming from a MG 08/15 , and not LMG 08/15 ,......The serial # 2343 would also  be  Too Low for it to have applied to a  Spandau  LMG , of 1917 date ..... I may be mistaken , but I do not see a Letter suffix to the number 2343 ?

The "Style of Feed block" is correct in that it is the later , second type , with upper hand grip lip & the ammo belt feed pawl , but  that would only have been used on the Spandau  LMG 08/15 , from serial # about 4000  ,  early 1917 onwards .
What is the serial # of the main breach part of the gun , as stamped on the side plate ?
This is likely of a late manufacture , as it has the later style of charging handle (Durchladehebel)

Production of LMG 08/15 commenced at the Spandau arsenal in May 1916 , and almost 25,000 were manufactured during the war .

I would be interested to know the asking price for this item ....(PM me if you like to ).

John M

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