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VMG 1927 / MV 31
Type Light Machine Gun
Place of origin  Nazi Germany
Production history
Designed 1927
Specifications
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.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Pokusný kulomet MG 27". Vojenský Historický Ústav Praha. http://www.vhu.cz/exhibit/pokusny-kulomet-mg-27/. 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
  3. http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Waffen/maschinengewehre-R.htm

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