Prewar WW2 Czech ZB-30 LMG Display w/ Extras!

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10/20/2019 8:06 PM
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Offered is this excellent Czech ZB-30 inert Display Light Machine Gun complete with a load of scarce original goodies included to sweeten the pot! This fascinating weapon platform is still considered by many to be one of the more innovated designs in the history of world arms development and the best overall LMG of WW2! The ZB-26 / 30 were universally respected and put to deadly use on all front throughout the entire span of WW2 by multiple national armies and irregular partisans fighting for both the Allies and Axis…a true “universal soldier” if ever there was!! (see combat photos 46 - 62)

ZB-26 and ZB-30 display guns have become almost impossible to find available for sale, but here one comes to you not only very nicely done with original factory markings but with an comprehensive array of primo original pre-WW2 Czech military accessories - very cool! Made several decades ago, using original ZB-30 parts, this display is totally inert with an original receiver rebuilt BATF compliant with the internals modified and welded solid in place. The inert charging handle is detached internally so it can be worked back and forth for display purposes. The receiver is very nicely marked at the left rear side with the much desired “ZBROJOVKA BRNO” for Ceskoslovenská zbrojovka, akc.spol., the famous Czech arms manufacturer based in Brno (Pronounced BUR-no). The left side is marked with a very early serial number, 00833-Br. The barrel is not intact being welded and non-removable. The carry handle swivels correctly and can be locked into the outthrust “assault” position. The bipod works perfectly and locks in position, correctly staying in place. It appears that the original gun, prior to demilitarizing, had several arsenal mixed components with post-factory “00833” serial numbers scribed on these (see photos). These hand numbering are scribed lightly and IMO doesn’t detract much from the overall presentation. The butt stock and pistol grip are in good shape with 90% of so of varnish remaining. The butt plate is missing the folding shoulder stabilizer at the top of the comb (combatants routinely remove these). An original ZB-30 magazine is included (Not supplied where prohibited) but regrettably does not have the internals Overall this is a great example of a ZB-30 constructed from a once active “battle-ready” LMG using all original parts with the original receiver re-welded to BATF specifications.

Just as outstanding as a rare ZB-30 Display LMG are these scarce original pre-WW2 Czech military accessories! This is a complete display ready to enhance your WW2 collection with the following original Czech accessories included: ZB26/ZB30 Leather Sling; ZB26 /30 Machine Gunner Tool Kit; Magazine Carry Box Case; Spare Barrel Case; ZB-26 Gun Cover Case; two – Leather Magazine Belt Pouches and Leather Load-Bearing “Y” Strap Suspenders.

Accessories: ZB26/ZB30 Leather Sling, made of heavy harness leather, each end provided with a steel heavy-duty snap clip for attachment to the gun. A sliding steel buckle allows the length to be adjusted to the user; The Machine Gunner Tool Kit comes with a heavy duty canvas and leather folding case with belt loops on the backside to be worn on the gunner’s person. The kit includes all of the tools required to clean and maintain the LMG in the field. Contents: ZB-26/30 Blank firing adapter; Combination tool; Combination reamer; Brass Oil bottle; Brass Solvent bottle; Ruptured case extractor (7.9 mm); 3-Piece cleaning rod; Pin punch; Slotted cleaning rod tip; Jag-type cleaning rod tip; Spare extractor; Spare ejector; Spare firing pin; Various springs (give or take an item – please see photos 39 -44 – these are what you'll receive); The Magazine Box Case is heavy duty, made from reinforced stiff canvas and leather and provided with a leather and canvas shoulder strap. The cover secures with two leather straps with buckles. The Case holds six magazines (not supplied); Spare barrel case is made of heavy canvas and leather and features an internal pocket to carry a spare cleaning rod; Gun Cover Case is made of heavy canvas and leather and covers the entire barrel and receiver, but not the wooden butt stock and is retained on the gun by a leather buckle and strap. The LMG sling attaches on the gun loop projecting through a leather reinforced hole on the right side of the cover, allowing the sling to be attached outside the cover. Heavy wear areas inside the gun cover are protected with extra leather; Leather Magazine Belt Pouches are constructed to hold two magazines each (not included) and are provided with a belt loops that accommodate belts up to 2.75 inches wide. Each pouch has a steel ring for attachment to the ZB “Y” load-bearing strap. Folding pouch covers are held closed by a leather strap and brass stud; Leather Load-Bearing “Y” Strap is a simple affair that attaches to the top of each pouch at the front of the gunner’s waist belt and to the middle belt at the rear.

Some History: The ZB-26 was developed only a few years after the post WWI formation of the Czechoslovakian state and officially enter service with the Czech military in 1928 with over 45 thousand LMGs used for equipping infantry as well as providing armament for light armored vehicles. However, many foreign governments’ were supplied years earlier with the ZB factory turning out an estimated 120,000 ZB-26 guns between 1926 and 1939 in a variety of calibers, the most popular being the original 7.92×57mm Mauser. ZB LMGS were exported to twenty-four European, South American and Asian countries, both in the original ZB-26 form and in the slightly improved ZB-30 version offered here. Large batches of ZB light machine guns went to Bolivia, Bulgaria, China, Romania, Turkey and Yugoslavia. Lithunia and Yugoslavia were the first users to adopt the gun, before the Czechoslovak Army. Exports continued up until 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded and occupied Czechoslovakia, after that the ZB production went straight to 3rd Reich use. The design spawned the related ZB vz. 27, vz. 30, and vz. 33 and influenced many other light machine gun designs including the famous British Bren light machine gun and the Type 96 Light Machine Gun. Quickly recognized for its reliability, simple components, quick-change barrel and ease of manufacturing, the ZB platform LMG quite simply it is one of the best combat firearm designs ever made! The ZB-26 / 30 saw abundant use on all fronts and from all sides throughout World War II!. For me, the multi- national use of ZB Light Machine Gun is the most intriguing part of the ZB story! Having a ZB-30 in your collection allows for numerous display potentials such as: Czech (photo - 46) pre-WW2 and WWII proper as well as German Army and SS police and Waffen units (photos, 47-51). German troops used the Zb-26 / 30 extensively as seen in the combat photo of aftermath carnage of the Battle of Moscow (photo -50). Asian armies loved the ZB LMG as seen with WW2 and pre-war Chinese National Revolutionary Army (photo – 52). Both the WW2 Nationalist and Communist Chinese Forces fighting the Japanese used the ZB-26/30 extensively in rural mountain and urban combat (photos, 53 -56). Notice the huge grins on the Japanese Imperial Forces sporting their captured ZB LMGs…they sure don’t appear to think they are ill equipped? (photo – 57) as well as their lackey Nanjing Chinese puppet government infantry (photo – 58)! Yugoslav Partisans of the 1st Proletarian Brigade obviously loved their ZB LMGs (photos, 59-60). Finally post WWII during the Korean War, both Czech and Chinese made ZB LMGs were employed extensively by Chinese Communist forces against UN forces and later by the Viet Minh guerrillas against the French in Viet Nam (photo – 61) as well as later with Viet Cong guerrillas against the Americans. The ZB-30 is a very manageable piece and considered gracile when compared against the later robust BREN gun, but notice how huge the ZB LMG placed in the makeshift Anti-Aircraft wooden tripod looks when commanded by these early 1960s Viet Cong young women (photo -62). In short, the ZB-26 / 30 are some of the more prolific LMGs in the history of world combat! A true “war-horse” loved by the men and women required to depend on it. Instead of the belt-fed Mg34…many WW2 German SS units were originally issued ZB-26 (designated Mg26) regarded as “cast-offs” by the old school Prussian Army Brass who didn’t approve of the formation of the Waffen SS and therefore tended to not allocate SS units the most current equipment and arms. However, it didn’t take those same SS and police soldiers long to realize they’d come out ahead with their issued magazine-fed ZB LMGS! ZB-26 / 30 were also favored by both German Army and SS elite mountain troops and they would have no other! Both the WW2 Chinese Nationalists and Communist Forces loved the ZB LMGs and not only did the pre-war Chinese National government import huge numbers but ultimately ended up with license to manufacture them!

Like so many of my offerings – this ZB-30 display set may be currently the only one available as such world-wide? Don’t hesitate and pass up a chance to own this fine display as pre-WW2 marked ZB-30 display guns rebuilt in this “choice” of condition are very seldom offered for sale! This truly is a fabulous and comprehensive display group that will enhance any WW2 collection! Please see all of the photos as they are regarded as a portion of the description. I have described this item to the best of my ability and offer it “as is” with no returns unless some gross error was made in the listing. I realize these days many potential buyers continually cruise the market place for spare parts for their pet project or obsolete LMG. So...for those of you so inclined - please don’t buy this display piece expecting it to miraculously transition into a parts kit and please don’t email me asking if “such and such” a part is still functional! Again, please accept that the majority of the original primary components utilized in the construction of this display piece have been altered and re-welded permanently in place and CAN NOT be removed for reuse as spare parts etc., nor can original parts such as a functioning bolt or intact barrel ever be installed. No sir, this is a true dummy gun created for display or historical play and offered for sale for those intended purposes only and as offered, this stunning WWII era display piece and original accessories are completely inert and in accordance with all federal law. As such this display grouping is legal to purchase to most USA buyers without any restrictions. Sorry, domestic USA no sales to Washington State due to strict rules for MG parts (Washingtonian's if I am incorrect on how your state rules apply to display/dummy guns please email documentation otherwise - thanks!). It is the buyer’s responsibility to determine if his or her state and/ or local laws prohibit the purchase and/or ownership of such a display piece. Furthermore, the seller does not assume any liabilities resulting from the purchase or subsequent usage once sold. Full payment must be received by the seller (in hand) not more than ten days after auction’s end – thank you!

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