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Query re Yugo M53 Machine Gun

Article about: Hi guys! I have been offered a nice M53 and have been told that it is dated 1944. I know that Yugoslavia produced the M53 under licence copying the German M42 but I thought that this was wel

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    Hello guys, here you can see the main differences between the MG42 and the MG53 receiver:

    http://warrelics.eu/forum/firearms-o...receiver-5791/

    Ive allready updated my small comparison and it is available as a pdf-file. Write me an email and you get it:
    christian.kada@parabellum.at



    Also a very interesting thread:

    A lot of MG42 fakes around... - Wehrmacht-Awards.com Militaria Forums

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    Hello, I've done a lot of looking here, but this is my first post!
    My deactivated M53 has WaA610 stamp on the reciever and the bipod is marked dfb 44. (Gustloff-Werke, Waffenwerk Suhl)
    If I had the money I'd have bought a German MG 42, but the differences are so small I figured why worry.
    It's still a very nice piece of history.
    Mine came with a filthy carbon blacked recoil booster and bizarrely had rice stuck in the rear sight!

    Ian

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    Hi Ian. Sounds nice! Do you have any pictures???

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    Quote by irbailey View Post
    Hello, I've done a lot of looking here, but this is my first post!
    My deactivated M53 has WaA610 stamp on the reciever and the bipod is marked dfb 44. (Gustloff-Werke, Waffenwerk Suhl)
    If I had the money I'd have bought a German MG 42, but the differences are so small I figured why worry.
    It's still a very nice piece of history.
    Mine came with a filthy carbon blacked recoil booster and bizarrely had rice stuck in the rear sight!

    Ian
    Hi Ian,
    All the early m53's I have seen with WaA stamps carry this particular code. Its for Mercedes Buromaschinewerk - not to be confused with the carmaker! They made typewriters (and maybe still do) So perhaps they used to stamp out receivers as well.

    Harry.

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    Blondi, I've just got a new camera, so as soon as I've got it all set up I'll post some for you.

    Harry, thanks for the info regarding the waffenamt stamps. I've never been able to find that one before. I've got George Markham's 'Guns of the Reich' and Folke Myrvang's 'MG34-MG42' books which are a good source of info and I've also googled it before. Never had any luck though! Nice one.

    Regards,

    Ian

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    OK where do I get an M53 from and how much we talking ?

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    Hi Waggy, welcome to the forum!

    If you are in the UK here:

    Ryton Arms

    375.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Unfortuantely this brit now on the other side of the pond....guessing shipping would be a bit much lol... any ideas on places to get one over here??

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    If you are in the States rather than buy a deact, which will be expensive, why not go for a parts kit and build a semi auto gun?

    This is a specialised US forum just on the MG42/M53. Most of the guys there are building live firing guns. Interesting site and I am a member there:

    http://www.mg42.us/index.php

    You will find some links there to US dealers.

    Cheers, Ade.

  10. #30

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    Try the website of BRP Guns, but they ARE shooters!

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