Parabellum M1913 [2nd issue] (IWM) & Parabellum l.MG 14

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  • FIR 9243
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: Parabellum M1913 [2nd issue] (IWM) & Parabellum l.MG 14
  • SIMPLE NAME: medium machinegun, short recoil, belt feed
Object Type
machine gun
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The Parabellum l.MG 14 was the standard flexibly-mounted machine-gun used in German aircraft between 1916 and 1918. It was a development of the Maxim machine-gun, in which a redesign of the internal mechanism offered a lighter overall weight, coupled with an increased rate of fire. The 'l' in the designation indicated that the weapon was air cooled (luftgekühlte) - the original Parabellum MG, which saw some use on airships, was water cooled. This is a mid-production Parabellum which has been fitted with a recoil intensifier to enhance the rate of fire. Parabellums were fitted in single or double mounts in the rear of German two-seater aeroplanes, and as defensive armament in bombers.

Physical description

abberant, circular top-cover catch, long drum bracket fitted (for 200 round drum?), foresight missing, auxiliary belt release lever fitted, unidentified device attached to trigger, fitted with recoil intensifier

1. stamped on left of receiver 2. stamped on top of receiver

1. S.M.GEW.MOD.PARABELLUM 1913 BERLIN 2. DWM monogram with pendant H in fleur-de-lys

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