The real McCoys.....from Fox Studios

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heckinohio

New Member
These are live guns in my gun collection. I am never sure of the order the pictures will appear in the thread.......so....The bigger black gun on the shelf, with bipod, and boxy telescope, is a US Military Benet-Mercie. I am not sure why that designation. It was very early in machine gun use. The name implies French involvement. Not many were made by Springfield Armory in Mass., this one is #337. It is marked Model of 1909. It is also stamped Fox Studios.

The next gun is a Russian PPd 40. Used early in WW 2, replaced by the PPsH 41. (Gun below in the picture). It came from Strembridge Movie Prop. rental (?? not sure I have that name correct) and is marked "OK for 9mm blanks". I took the blank device off and replaced the 9mm barrel with an original 7.62x25 version.

The next one with the conventional length stock is an Italian M-38. It also came with a blanks firing adapter. This one required only the removal of the device that was threaded onto the front of the barrel jacket. That was replaced by the normal anti-flash device you see. While I know this gun came from Strembridge Rentals, it is not so marked.

These guns are now fully functional & Donna and I have shot them on occasion over the past several years.

A bit of movie history for those who appreciate such.!!!!

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Mach

Active Member
Nice collection! The 1909 is a Hotchkiss M1909 Benét–Mercié.

"It was adopted by the US in 1909 as the "Benét–Mercié Machine Rifle, Caliber .30 U. S. Model of 1909" firing the .30-06 cartridge. The name comes from three sources: Hotchkiss, the name of the American Benjamin B. Hotchkiss who started the company in France; the two main designers, Lawrence Benét and Henri Mercié; and the US designation system at time which label arms with "Model of Year"."

 

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