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World War One German 08/15 Maxim portable machine gun.
This 08/15 Maxim was the “portable” machine gun used by the Germans in WWI, along with the heavy 08 Maxim. Both guns functioned the same and used the same barrels, the same locks, the same belts and 8mm Mauser ammunition. Yet this machine gun could be carried and operated by a single soldier. Because of its portability, it proved a lethal enemy for US soldiers, so each captured Maxim quickly became a cherished war relic. This Maxim was registered in the 1968 Amnesty as serial number 9824-5020, using the 9824 serial number on the receiver and the 5020 serial number on the lock. See photos below. As the photos show, it is in very good condition with much of its original bluing. It fired flawlessly, using an original 250 rd Swiss Maxim steel belt, which will be included. Swiss Maxim belts are very easy to load by hand, unlike the German Maxim cloth belts. A video is available of this gun shooting, just email firstname.lastname@example.org for it. It fires 8mm Mauser ammunition, the same cartridge used in the German 98 Mauser bolt-action rifle issued to most of that nation’s soldiers in WWI and WWII. This ammunition is easy to acquire and easy to reload if you choose to do so. The history and operational instructions of these Maxim water-cooled machine guns are well presented in Dolf Goldsmith’s book: The Devil’s Paintbrush. A copy is included, as is a Russian 1910 Maxim Gunner’s Kit, which has several useful tools and a spare Maxim mainspring for the lock. $12,500. Visa/MC acceptable. Class 3 dealer since 1978. Trades considered, even non-functioning or DEWAT machine guns.
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