Knob Creek ’13- A German MG 34

The Maschinengewehr (MG) 34 is a historic machine gun that was introduced to the German army in 1934. Recoil-operated and air-cooled, the MG34 shoots the 7.92×57mm Mauser cartridge.

Now, you have to be careful when shopping at the Knob Creek Machine Gun shoot because not every gun is full-auto:

There is a bad four-letter words listed here: "Semi"

There is a bad four-letter word listed here: “Semi”

That’s pretty much when I walked away…

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

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  • Doopington

    It’s a pity. It being a semi-auto takes away the reason why the MG34 is so unique with its dual-crescent trigger acting as its fire-control selector.

  • Or…

    when a machine gun isn’t a machine gun

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    What a pity this particular speciman wasn’t an original, fully-automatic MG34. But then again, not everyone can afford the costs associated with owning a true military-issue MG34.

    As outstanding as the later MG42 was, the MG34 was still a better-made ( some would say almost too well-made, with associated costs in time, materials and labor ) GPMG, with every major component machined from solid steel.

    Nice photos — thanks, Chris!

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    That tripod isn’t 100% original. If you look closely at the forwardmost leg, you’ll see that the owner appears to have added a small storage box ( maybe for small parts and tools? ) of sorts. The original MG-34 tripod ( also used for the MG42 ) had two flat cushioned pads mounted on that leg to provide the Assistant Gunner with greater comfort when man-packing the tripod in the folded position. They are clearly missing from this example.