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#1 Robert Henley

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 06:53 PM

I'm not familiar with an MG 40:

 

http://www.sturmgewe...5-cr-colt-mg40/

 

I think it has Browning patent marks on it.  Anyone know anything about these guns?

 

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:24 PM

IIRC, it was a fast-firing derivative of the M1919 designed for fixed or flexible use in aircraft. Also produced in 7mm Mauser.


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:26 PM

Hi,

 

I know nothing.  But maybe a bit.  IIRC, the MG40 is Colts commercial designation of the ANM2.  I could be wrong.  Others will correct me.

 

These share about nothing in the way of parts between it and the 1919.  BA also made these and they were often used in fixed and flexible mounts on very early WW2 aircraft.  Cyclic rate is quite high.  I hear numbers between 1000-1400RPM.  Parts are out there but dear.

 

A few of the ANM2's made it to some Marines that made Stingers out of them.  I'd like to build one up sometime with a Mk5 22RF conversion kit just for laughs.  I just have to talk someone out of their Mk5 kit :)  The Stinger was the Marine's version of a MG42 sort of.

 

Anyway.  They are neat little guns.  They are lighter than a 1919 and from what I understand take a bit more knowledge to set-up.  The barrel is a bit light for ground gun work as there isn't a blast of air over the gun as in an aircraft installation.

 

I'm sure others will jump right in.

 

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Edited by Grasshopper, 07 March 2018 - 08:29 PM.

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:36 PM

Robert: Google is your friend for the kind of bulk information that you are seeking. Better yet get a set of Dolf Goldsmith's extensive publications on Browning MGs. The first volume includes aircraft Brownings which will give you just about all the information available on these guns.

There are a fair number of original of Buffalo Arms, Brown-Lipe-Chapin and  Savage Arms ANM-2 .30 examples in the NFRTR as well as original Colt MG40s. Also, there are numbers of remanufactured sideplate examples of ANM-2 and MG40 types in the registry as well and also original and side plate examples of the Brit version of the ANM-2 in .303.

The ANM-2s are one of my favorite MGs, being basically miniature Browning .50 air-cooled guns, exciting to shoot and beautifully made. FWIW


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 11:33 PM

OK, thanks Bob and others.  I'll have to get Dolf Goldsmith's publications on Browning MGs just to learn about them when available.

 

https://www.amazon.c...on Browning MGs

 

The ANM-2s sound interesting.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 06:26 PM

My MG-40 is a DLO sideplate gun, originally manufactured by Colt in the 1930's in 7mm Mauser, and sold to a government in South America.  Here is a link to a webpage and pictorial my brother and I did on it in 1999.

 

http://www.biggerham...anm2/pictorial/

 

Here are some more Biggerhammer.net links that cover it, and the ANM2.

 

http://www.biggerhammer.net/anm2/

 

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 11:17 PM

i need some help i picked up one of the 7mm ones was told it was converted to 308 but it's not, does anyone know where i can get parts to convert or send off to have it done.. have shit load of 762 and one box of 7mm wont last but a sec lol


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 05:47 PM

Ive got a very nice early 1939 MkII BSA in .303, this one appears to have missed the upgrade to MKII* conversion.

On a bit of a side note, parts of the Brit .303 version appeared in Star Wars as part of Lukes light sabre
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Posted 08 April 2018 - 04:22 PM

i need some help i picked up one of the 7mm ones was told it was converted to 308 but it's not, does anyone know where i can get parts to convert or send off to have it done.. have shit load of 762 and one box of 7mm wont last but a sec lol

 

Ohio Ordnance is the only place that I know of that has worked on these.  They offered a .308 conversion in the past, but I don't know of they still have any.

 

Ive got a very nice early 1939 MkII BSA in .303, this one appears to have missed the upgrade to MKII* conversion.

On a bit of a side note, parts of the Brit .303 version appeared in Star Wars as part of Lukes light sabre

 

Yes, I had a MkII BSA parts kit that I bought around 1990, and sold the muzzle booster from it for $200 to a Star Wars fanatic about 10 years ago.  I found another one at a show, and sold it to him for the same price.  He still checks in with me from time to time to see if I've found any others, as I understand the going rate for an original is now about $500, and reproductions have been made for a while due to the scarcity of the MG part.

 

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