VSM VICKERS MG WITH FLUTED BARREL JACKET.
Bbl. 28”. 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. They were at one time available w/ two different water jackets, the more common smooth side Maxim type, & a corrugated style. This example is of the latter design. They were available in both ground gun & in aircraft gun variants. All exposed steel surfaces are finished in a nice matching dark black. The dark hardwood spade grips have steel oil caps that include conceal oil brushes. 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 2600 with a flip-up battle sight for close range combat. Several parts w/ numbers matching the sideplate including barrel jacket & lower front trunnion. Multiple parts stamped “VSM”. Paperwork indicated the caliber as .303 though the feed block is marked “Cal. 7.9” w/ a chamber appearing to be 8mm Mauser as well.
STATUS: MODERN CLASS III.