I am trying to make a M53 look more MG42 like. The M53 top cover has the big Yugo crest on it. Since finding a real MG42 top cover has proven to be impossible, can anyone tell me if an available MG1 top cover is compatible to be mated to a M53? Will all the top cover internals switch over no problem? Externally, do they look the same? Thanks for your input.
MG1 Top Cover Compatibility
Posted 29 July 2020 - 04:33 PM
Plenty of genuine WW2 MG42 top covers can be found on GB and at gunshows.
Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:47 AM
Correct you are sir. However, I would like to avoid those much higher costs. If a MG1 cover will give me the "look" of an MG42, I can be satisfied. So, my original question remains - Will the MG1 top cover form and fit on a M53 with the M53 top covers internals installed on the MG1 top cover? Thanks
Posted 10 August 2020 - 04:56 PM
I wouldn't know.. but I know there are 2 experts on Sturmgewehr.com's forum that might be able to tell you.
Definitely the prices on GB is nuts..
I would keep a eye out.. I know one FFL dealer sold $20k worth of parts for the MG34/MG42 to a big dealer 2 weeks. I don't know which dealer he sold it to.. but some of the stuff was mint condition (ie complete bolt assemblies that never seen the inside of the firearm). I just wish I caught him before he sold since there are minor parts I really need to find, (ie replacement MG34 top cover latch screw)