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MG-34 Ammunition Drum

Article about: Hello! I've found a gentleman who has an MG-34 Ammunition drum. He picked it up from an antique shop in Tallinn, Estonia and wants to sell it for 150 USD. It is marked "WC 43". I w

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    Hello!

    I've found a gentleman who has an MG-34 Ammunition drum. He picked it up from an antique shop in Tallinn, Estonia and wants to sell it for 150 USD. It is marked "WC 43".

    I wanted to verify it's authenticity before buying and ask if this is a fair price - It seems a bit steep to me!

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    Welcome to the forum!

    It is original.

    Sorry I cannot advise on value.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thanks so much Ade!

    I suppose the value would be based on the rarity/condition of the drum. Any idea how often people come across these?

    In return: In the next few days I'll try to post some nice pictures of my German belt. There's a good short story to go with it.

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    Way to expensive they are still very common.
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

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    you can still find the double drum carriers and drums for around $300

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    Hello,
    Due to its condition, i would advice you not to buy this MG drum for $150.
    Thanks
    PREUSSENS GLORIA

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    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    I agree with the others. It's a very common piece and over priced for it's condition.

    rgds, Ty

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    Thank all of you for replying!

    Would you say that $50 is a more appropriate price?

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    The 'wc' mark gives me pause- by October 1944, the Heereswaffenamt had only 'issued' maker codes up to 'ozz' so 'wc' in 1943 doesn't make any sense to me...

    Edit- that was from Pawlas' reprint of the original Heereswaffenamt book of 1944, but just checking elsewhere, someone says 'wc' was HASAG Muselwitz Plant, Thuringia; apparently it appears on some casings, so I suppose a drum magazine isn't that far away from actual munitions metal bits...
    Ohhhhh- pillage then burn...

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    The gentleman with the drum gave me this explanation:
    "WC is the code for the manufacturer ' Hugo Schneider AG in Meuselwitz/Thueringen Germany"

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