Premier Firearms Auction
May 12, 13, 14, & 15, 2023
FULLY TRANSFERABLE VICKERS MKI WATER COOLED MG
Vickers MK-I Heavy MG built around a fully transferable Wilson Arms side-plate. Originally referred to as the Vickers Maxim, this gun was adopted by Great Britain in 1912. It remained a principal machine gun through WWI & WWII until being replaced by the “L7A1 GPMG” in the 1960s. Though they were at one time available w/ two different water jackets, a corrugated style & the more traditional smooth side Maxim type, this gun is of the latter. They were available in both ground gun & in aircraft gun variants. All exposed steel surfaces are finished in a nice matching dark black, pleasantly accented by the traditional brass parts including the water jacket plugs, the feed block and the left-side scope mount. The beautiful hardwood spade grips have oil caps that include a brass cap on the left side while the right cap, storing the oil brush is matching black steel.
This particular firearm comes w/ a standard ground tripod. Tripod has steel legs w/ the rear most measuring 26” in length and the front legs measure 22” in length. All three legs are adj. for height and/or configuration and places the bottom of the receiver to rest at approximately 29” from the ground. The tripod’s steel cradle locks into the 360° marked brass portion of the tripod, which is elevated an additional 7” above the legs of the tripod. The elevation mechanism utilizes a steel wheel for micro adjustments while traversing freely. The entire tripod is currently painted green, aside from the brass traverse portion, which retains its natural finish with degree marks and numbers painted black. This Vickers is equipped w/ iron sights which consist of a protective blade front sight forward of the water jacket & an elevation adj. rear peep sight marked in meters from 0 to 2,000 with a flip-up battle sight for close range combat.
MAGS: 1 cloth belt with steel tabs and starter measuring approximately 8’ in length.
NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT MG REQUIRING BATF TRANSFER BEFORE TAKING POSSESSION. FULLY TRANSFERABLE.
STATUS: MODERN CLASS III