Hello lallop, Have a look at my post again, I have added a picture that could help you out. Your 42 was made between mid 1943 and late 1944. The serial number is too high for it to be any earlier, and if it were made after late 1944 it wouldn't be manufacturer coded 'bnz' because Steyr changed to 'swj' late in 1944. Have a really close look above the serial number (they can be very faint at the best of times) for 'GZ' 1943' 'PJ' 1944 to pin point the year of manufacture if you can still see it. The picture I posted will give you an idea of what and where you are looking for. After all that may I say a very nice 42 you have there, and we like a bit of that! Jonathan.
oook,i will search for those codes tomorrow with the sun : )
thank you for informations
i have a last answer for you,in your opinion is better if i clean the mg or i leave it like that?!
Hello lallop, Most, if not all collectors would say leave it in its original condition, and I understand why. But if it were my 42 I would clean it and try to get her looking her best. At the end of the day it's your call and it's up to you. Jonathan
Jonathan is wright but in my opinion rust has to be removed because if you do not remove the rust the quality of the gun becomes worse.
From the receiver characteristics itīs definitely a PJ gun (1944). no holes - short step - long tripod mount
See here: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru....php?p=3657965