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Today's Moment of Collector Zen...

 Just a reminder - everything shown here that I own is legal to own, Federal, State, and Local, where I live.

That may not be true in your particular Borg Collective. Don't have a hissy fit just because my overlords trust me to behave and yours don't.

That's your problem.

If you don't like it... move. Or get new overlords by tossing out the sanctimonious know-it-alls that hold high office in your area.

But don't whinge at me.



If you had been motoring up to the Castle yesterday, it would have looked pretty normal.  First Union and Gadsden flags aloft, the current historical flags whipping from the trucks.  But something would have looked different.  

Wazzat to the left of the rock? Izzat a machinegun?

Why, yes, it is.



A Maxim M1910 to be precise. On the wheeled Sokolov mount with shield. Later model shield, no provision for the long-range sight. With several ammo cans, water can, and some other stuff over by the rock.  That's a Finnish belt of dummy 7.62x54R in the feedblock.  It was time to pull some long overdue maintenance on Max and his associated kit, and I decided to do it in the nice morning air, since the temps are now unseasonably cool (meaning very nice) and Max could use some air and sunshine.  You know how those Russians and Finns are about sunlight...



That gleam of copper in the other ammo can indicates a soviet belt, with live ammo.  The spare firing lock is peeking out from its carrier on the trail of the Sokolov mount.  Ooo - looky! Gunners pouch, with tools, sitting there in that leather case just outside the trails. And, looks like Finnish spare barrel carriers - one wood, one leather - the leather one with it's barrel pulled partially out. The wood carrier is open, but you can't really see the barrel that is in there.  That odd looking thing on top of the rock? Soviet infantry range finder. Its canvas case is leaning up against the rock.  Korj 1944. There's our confirmation this is an ex-Finnish gun. That marking means it was rebuilt in 1944.

Looks like Max started out a Czarist soldier in 1914. Perhaps long-time reader/commenter and Soviet emigre Baroness Ophelia Kensington-Gore can tell us what the rest of the markings mean.This is the fusee spring cover, and should have a serial number. The covers were prone to damage and easily replaced. All we really know is the fusee cover was made during the reign of Big Nicky the Second. The star marking on the serial numbered piece indicates a Soviet era part. This gun was likely captured by the Finns during the Winter War or the Continuation War, and turned against its orignal operators.

One of those ammo cans pictured earlier was holding out. More accurately, holding these. Oil and solvent cans, and some extra tongs for clearing jams.  



The solvent and oil cans are shaped to fit the contours of the ammo box. As the little oil can is intended to be kept out and available when firing the gun, it has a flat bottom.

Last, but not least, all three basic types of ammo belts for the Maxim. 1917 dated cloth on the right. Finnish late model in the center, and standard soviet on the left. The left belt has live rounds. The other two have armorer's dummy rounds.

Yanno what's the best part about Max?  He was a Christmas present.  From SWWBO.  For our first married Christmas together.

Neener neener neener!



13 Comments

That's awesome.
I'd have added three more "neeners" on that.
 
 URR, I think he's rubbing our noses innit.

I shant, however, be going "over the top" this evening.

Unseasonal temps? Now if we could just get you some rain to go along with it.
 
Better add your "legal where I am" disclaimer before anyone spots this and gets the vapors.

Lots of idiots out there.
 
SWWBO is truly a lady to be cherished... :)
 
Sigh! would that it were functional! The Armorer is one of the people I trust to keep a functioning belt-fed machine gun. Without an ammo assembly line, I am afraid the cost of shooting it might be prohibitive.
 
Paint me green with envy.  VERY nice. 

In the long range shot that thing blends into the background quite well.
 
That is a very good way to remember that first Christmas togather, and the new machine gun helped also! Good women are to be cherished, they are rare and have great dividends!
 
 J(NTA) - I did include the disclaimer.  I was just sneeky about it.
 
I should note that SWWBO bought the gun and mount.  I sourced the shield, cans, belts, gunners kits, spare barrels, rangefinder and such on my own, taking several years to do so.   The most recent part of the Maxim kit is the soviet ammo can with copper-washed steel ammo.  Interesting markings on the can, although I have zip nada zilch idea what information they convey.
 
Okay, I'll give you your neener-neener. You have cool toys and a way-awesome wife. HOWEVER! I got to spend the weekend with Boq and Fishmugger and Instapinch, assaulting the next village in our tanks, and blowing things up with mortars, and firing the turret guns, and, and.... okay, so only part of this is true. But we had a blast. Literally.
 
Okay, I'll give you your neener-neener. You have cool toys and a way-awesome wife. HOWEVER! I got to spend the weekend with Boq and Fishmugger and Instapinch and the Baroness, assaulting the next village in our tanks, and blowing things up with mortars, and firing the turret guns, and, and.... okay, so only part of this is true. But we had a blast. Literally.
 
Yeah, I'll give ya the neener's for the toys.  However, I still win for Best View.
heh
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Yes, we all have our crosses to bear.