Object Title

Centrefire automatic belt-fed machine gun - Vickers Mk. I

Centrefire automatic belt-fed machine gun - Vickers Mk. I

Date

1931-1970

Object Number

XII.11468 A

Provenance

Given by Northumbria Police, July 2003.

Physical Description

A WW2 production Vickers with plain water jacket, the receiver, feed block and spade grips are all standard production type, and are blued. Rear sight is a long post type, foresight has an wide angle attachment. the jacket has a heat cover in place, made of green woven material, and secured by tie straps. The tripod is a standard MkIV, painted green and is on PR.182. Upper receiver pin at rear missing.

Dimensions

Barrellength28.5in.
Barrellength723mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number B203

Calibre

.303 in

Inscriptions and Marks

B203, British commercial proof marks, deactivation proof marksreceiver
stamped
lock
stamped

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

Filmed at The London Studios by Talkback Thames for BBC Q.I. television quiz, Series 'I', regarding use of urine as field expedient coolant .
Upper receiver pin at rear missing - replaced by M Sterry with spare pin April 2011.