The real McCoys......retired & resurrected movie props

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heckinohio

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These are all live functional machine guns in my collection at this time. It would be interesting to know what movies they might have appeared in.

The first is a US Military Benet-Mercie. It the one on the shelf with the taller bipod. The name implies some French influence. It is number 337 of those made in the 1909 era by Springfield Armory in Mass.. It is also stamped Fox Studios.

The next one is a Russian PPd 40, used in the early stages of WW2 by the Russians. It was replaced by the PPSh 41, one down in the picture. This one is stamped "OK for 9mm Blanks" . I have replaced the restricted 9mm barrel with an original 7.62x25 barrel, making the gun fully functional again.

The longer gun with the more normal stock configuration is an Italian M-38, also in 9mm. It had a blanks firing device threaded into the original thread of the barrel jacket. I simply replaced that with an original flash suppressor using the same original threads. It does not seem to be marked for a studios, but I know it came from Strembridge.

Donna and I have shot these gun on various occasions over the past many years.

PJH

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Richard Baker

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You might wish to edit your post. In most areas I know of, owning fully functional live fire machine guns is prohibited without extensive special permitting...
 

Sluis Van Shipyards

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You might wish to edit your post. In most areas I know of, owning fully functional live fire machine guns is prohibited without extensive special permitting...

You're assuming he doesn't have those? There are quite a few members with fullly legal "machine guns". If you have money, no record, and can jump through all the hoops, it's really not that hard to own one.
 

Lear60man

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You're assuming he doesn't have those? There are quite a few members with fullly legal "machine guns". If you have money, no record, and can jump through all the hoops, it's really not that hard to own one.
Yup! Nice pics OP. Shot a few brrrrr'ts over the years. Oldest one is a Tommygun, hardly any recoil but still liked to walk up when the fun starts.
 

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Richard Baker

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Didn't mean to imply illegality, just had some family complications in a similar area. My brother in law has a fondness for WWII German weaponry and a collection of them. These were ones which were nonfunctional, different pieces cut up, but he got several and used the best pieces to make a flawless looking display one. In total he had about a dozen units, some with tripods. Someone saw him sharing photos of his collection and things got real complicated for a while...
 

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