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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 14:07 pm 
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A Vickers MG i am interested in has a serial number B 231, I am not an expert on these things, but can anyone help me with this number, what date does it indicate?

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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 14:13 pm 
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Probably Australian 1944 :wink:

Check out Richards site = http://www.vickersmachinegun.org.uk/

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 20:29 pm 
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If the 'B' is above the number, it is definitely Australian WW2. If it is in front, it is likely to be British WW1.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 14:34 pm 
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hmmm the B is above and below are the numbers 231. So i am assuming then this is an Aussie gun that this guy believes to be a late WW1 gun. It has a dove tail sight bracket also. Is £1100 reasonable and thats without the transit chest. If it is an Aussie made one then surely it should be worth a lot less as im sure i have seen Aussie made ones in the past for under a £1000 and thats with the transit chests?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 14:40 pm 
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Rather overpriced for WW2 :shock:

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yes theres been a lot of WW2 aussie guns, but not seen a ww1 one.

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Prices are creeping up but £1100 without any accesories is at the top of the price range.

95% of the guns in the UK are of Australian manufacture because that is where the large consignment came from during the 1980's. The majority of the British guns in this batch were WW1 manufactured DP models.

Before that Vickers were practically unknown in private hands.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:32 pm 
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So it would be wise to step away then really? Perhaps wait until Beltring and see whats about there.

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So it would be wise to step away then really? Perhaps wait until Beltring and see whats about there.

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Australian smooth jacket guns are not exactly rare so you may see others for sale.

Keep an eye out on Milweb and visit Beltring if within travelling distance.
Its the accessories which are hard to come by now.


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