~ A New Specification German MG 15 (ST 61) Aircraft Light Machine Gun ~
It was made by Rheinmetail Borsig and has all the major parts stamped with the Waffen eagle.
The designation 'ST 61', stamped on the top of the chamber along with the maker's stamp and serial number '1360', was given to a series of aircraft machine guns made for the Romanian Air Force. They were delivered to Romania between 1930's and 1944.
The year of manufacture of 1941 is stamped on the right side of the chamber, underneath the rear sight, along with the maker's mark.
The weapon comes with its MG15 75 round saddle drum magazine, as used in most German/Romanian bombers and dive bombers during the Second World War.
A further marking is the 'BAL' inspection stamp within a hexagon, branded into the bakelite stock.
The barrel and the barrel safety catch are stamped with the serial number '39738-402' and a pair of Waffen stamps.
It is fitted with two AA sights to the top.
The saddle drum is stamped 'awt 40, D-T 15 Nr. 54600F, FI 46300'. The serial number '54600F' is stamped again on the side facing the gunner.
The magazine comes with its original carrying strap.
It comes with its deactivation certificate dated 16/07/2013.
~ Dimensions ~
The MG overall length is 43 inches (109cm), with the barrel measuring 23.5 inches (60cm). The total weight is 9.3kg.
~ Condition ~
The MG15 is in fair used condition. The paint is worn, the left side of the bakelite rear cylinder has a long crack and a sliver missing to the fore.
It cocks and dry fires.
The drum magazine's left cylinder has a big dent damaged, as seen in the pictures.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £25 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.