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    Strange ZB 26 bipod

    Note the strange half sleeve.... seems to be an original part but not to put on zb26.... any suggestion?











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    Looks spot on for MG 34.
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    Thank you very much Jim!!

    MG34 with ZB26 bipod????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis Bren View Post
    MG34 with ZB26 bipod
    Looks like it was built specifically for it, maybe later during the war under forced labor and using what was on hand...?
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    Mg34 Brünn made

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    May be Israel MG34 buy to Czechicon post WW2 ...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis Bren View Post
    May be Israel
    Certainly plausible...
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    It IS an Ex Israeli Bipod for an MG34. I have had a few of these guns in the past, nearly all of them dated 1945.
    They produced these bipods themselves, I assume as stocks of the original spares they must also have taken in to service. Eventually Dried up.

    I spent a lot of money sourcing original Nazi pattern Bipods, to convert them back to their original pattern!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tankhunter View Post
    It IS an Ex Israeli Bipod for an MG34. I have had a few of these guns in the past, nearly all of them dated 1945.
    They produced these bipods themselves, I assume as stocks of the original spares they must also have taken in to service. Eventually Dried up.

    I spent a lot of money sourcing original Nazi pattern Bipods, to convert them back to their original pattern!
    Thanks for the info Mike. I remember reading some years ago that a rather shadey US (could have been Frenchicon) arms dealer "procured" MG34's from Eastern Europe and shipped them to the newly fledged state of Israel. No doubt in crates marked tractor parts!

    I think they were in an incomplete condition and taken from the factory (CZ manufacture) "DOT" was it???

    For the life of me I can't remember the book, but it would explain the requirement for bipods.

    Right of the starting blocks in 1947 Israel had the capacity to modify, adapt, adopt and improve just about anything. Amazingly​ adaptable people...

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    My Collector Friend MG34 with this bipod.

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