Mystery MG 42

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Mystery MG 42

Post by BramMeijer » 23 Jul 2023 15:52

Hello everybody, can someone give me some information about this MG 42? The deactivation papers say its manufactered by Mauser with serial number 01. But there are almost no stamps or marks to be found. Also bipod and buttstock do not look right to me.
Can anyone help me out here?
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Re: Mystery MG 42

Post by BramMeijer » 23 Jul 2023 19:35

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Re: Mystery MG 42

Post by BramMeijer » 23 Jul 2023 19:36

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Re: Mystery MG 42

Post by Poot » 25 Jul 2023 03:45

I believe that at least the butt stock is from a post-war Yugoslavian MG53. That style of numbering (including the number size and location) are consistent with serial number placement on post-war reworked Mauser rifles.
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Re: Mystery MG 42

Post by BramMeijer » 27 Jul 2023 19:59

Thank you for the info! Can you tell me where i can get more info on post war serial numbers?
Thanks.
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Re: Mystery MG 42

Post by Poot » 29 Jul 2023 01:55

I seriously doubt those even exist anymore. The serial number placement is consistent with post-war Yugoslavian numbering on reworked Model 1924 rifles, which were thereafter marked 'M.24/47,' and the new made (1950's) M48 Mauser rifles. The numbers didn't necessarily correspond to numbers of M48's produced, though.

Regarding the records and documents themselves, I have been told that a lot of those were destroyed in the NATO bombing campaigns against Belgrade in the 1990's.
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