Object Title

Centrefire automatic belt-fed machine gun - Maxim MG 08

Centrefire automatic belt-fed machine gun - Maxim MG 08

Date

1900-1930

Object Number

XII.11212

Provenance

Purchased from Arian Trading, 25 May 2001. Upon inspection in July 2014, it became clear that the weapon is legally deactivated, with certificate inserted into the water jacket (JF).

Physical Description

A Maxim gun of standard World War One type comprising a blued steel receiver with hinged top cover and steel feed block. A tin fusee-spring cover is clipped to the left side of the receiver. The barrel water jacket is painted in field grey and is rounded, with a muzzle-booster/flash hider fitted. The grips are mounted behind the receiver and are wood, with the sprung trigger bar between them. The rearsight comprises a steel post, which can be raised to the vertical, on which 100 metre graduations are marked. The sight can be moved up the post to the required range. The foresight is a blade in between fixed protective wings. The mount with the gun is of the rare 'Trench' type being a much smaller and lighter version of the standard 'sledge' type. It comprises as hinged steel arm that is secured in place over the water jacket just forward of the receiver, by means of a quickly detachable wingnut. This clamps to a similarly curved lower arm which is fixed to a a swivel mount on a flat metal plate. This mount gives free lateral and slightly limited vertical movement for traverse and elevation. It is secured to a substantial piece of timber, all of which is green painted.

Dimensions

MountDepth12.6in.
MountDepth320mm
MountWidth8.4in.
MountWidth214mm
GunDepth7.9in.
GunDepth200mm
GunWidth5.3in.
GunWidth135mm
Barrellength28.3in.
Barrellength720mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 3192

Calibre

7.92 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

MG-08, 3192Atop cover
stamped

Associations

Places Germany

Notes

This gun is an early deactivation, with the barrel welded and the breech-face ground off. It has not been converted back to operational use, as it is currently a display item. It would however be very simple to co-convert should it be required. All the parts are held to undertake this.
Upon inspection in July 2014, it became clear that the weapon is legally deactivated, with certificate inserted into the water jacket (JF).