|VMG 1927 / MV 31|
|Type||Light Machine Gun|
|Place of origin||Nazi Germany|
|Barrel length||717 mm|
|Feed system||50 Round Drum Magazine|
In 1916 Heinrich Vollmer began working on a design of a light machine gun. At the end the weapon was known as a MG Vollmer, later also as VMG 1927.
It consisted of only 78 parts while the standard MG of those days, the MG 08/15 consisted of 383 parts. It operated on the principle of short recoil with a rotary locking mechanism for the bolt, carried by helical grooves. It was fed from a small drum magazine underneath the receiver.
In 1927 Vollmer also obtained a patent covering the breech mechanism of the weapon. Later on, Vollmer co-developed the gun with Mauser Werke as the MV 31 (Mauser-Vollmer 1931). It was offered for to the German ordnance board (Inspektion für Waffen und Gerät - IWG) but, after testing, it was not adopted for service. This guns had a quick-change barrel and used a drum magazine.
Two exemplars are known to exist, one is at the Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung Koblenz and the other at the Vojenský historický ústav Praha.
- "Pokusný kulomet MG 27". Vojenský Historický Ústav Praha. http://www.vhu.cz/exhibit/pokusny-kulomet-mg-27/. Retrieved 2013-17-8.
- Heinrich Vollmer (1885-1961) translation to English from Samopal M.P.38 a MP40 by Martin Helebrant, published in Czech by Nakladatelstvi Elka Press, ISBN 978-80-87057-02-5
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