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VMG 1927 / MV 31
Type Light Machine Gun
Place of origin  Nazi Germany
Production history
Designed 1927
Weight 11.48 kg[1]
Length 1550 mm[1]
Barrel length 717 mm[1]

Cartridge 8x57mm IS
Caliber 7.92x57mm
Action short recoil[1]
Feed system 50[citation needed] Round Drum Magazine
Sights Iron sights

The VMG 1927 is a light machine gun designed by Heinrich Vollmer.

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.[2]

It consisted of only 78 parts while the standard MG of those days, the MG 08/15 consisted of 383 parts.[3] It operated on the principle of short recoil with a rotary locking mechanism for the bolt, carried by helical grooves.[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Two exemplars are known to exist, one is at the Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung Koblenz and the other at the Vojenský historický ústav Praha.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Pokusný kulomet MG 27". Vojenský Historický Ústav Praha. Retrieved 2013-17-8. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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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