Beautiful Vickers machinegun with perfectly-duplicated VSM side plate. Fully Transferable. An exceptional example of the British belt-fed machine gun that helped win both World Wars (and many movies). This Vickers has the desirable corrugated steel water jacket. Includes an exceptional example of the MK.IV brass tripod mount, see photos, with matching serial numbers on the Cradle and the Tripod Base. One of the included accessories is an original wood Transit Case. Most Transit Cases were made to house both the Vickers and the Lewis Gun. Uniquely, this Transit Case was made only for the Vickers machinegun. Also, it has excellent felt on the top of the Case; this is missing from most Transit Cases.
This Vickers comes with the following original accessories:
a. Jungle Package ammunition chest with MK III ammunition belt box carrier
b. White No. 10 Vickers belt box (not in photo)
c. Original Dunlop rubber steam hose
d. MK I flash and blast deflector
e. Vickers clearing plug (broken shell extractor)
f. Original two way broken shell extractor tool
g. Leather spare parts case with carrying strap and oil can
h. Original Vickers wooden transit chest
i. Original white 250-round ammunition belt with brass tabs
j. Half ammunition belt-Green, Australian, with steel tabs
k. Two ammo belts without tabs
l. Two extra Vickers barrels, one in excellent condition and the other appears unused
m. One Russian Maxim metal belt (which works with 303 ammo in the Vickers and is easily hand-reloadable), in ammo can
Over eleven years after World War One, Portugal ordered 88 Vickers machineguns from Vickers Ltd. starting with three Vickers purchased in 1925. This exact Vickers, serial number 81874, is one of the three from that first order! See the Portuguese Vickers section of Dolf Goldsmith’s book: The Vickers Machinegun for verification!
The seller recently discovered that the Vickers functions with the 303 British cartridge using economical, and readily-available Communist PKM metal-link belts! Not only does it function with the 303 ammunition in these belts, but the PKM belt loader will operate using 303 ammunition. Email for video of this Vickers using PKM and standard cloth belts.
Vickers Ltd. Made these machine guns in 303 British and 8mm Mauser. Vickers collectors and shooters have converted their guns to shoot 7.62x54 Russian ammunition as well. Consult the internet to find out who does these conversions.
$24,500 To discuss this Vickers, email email@example.com or call (575) 405-0911
If you’re thinking of buying a Vickers, buy Dolf Goldsmith’s magnificent book, The Vickers Machine Gun, recently reprinted into an expanded and improved version. Fully-transferable.
There are many reasons for people to be interested in machine guns. But if the guns, themselves, just fascinate you, find an opportunity to shoot some of the World War I machine guns. They are utterly intriguing and have so much more personality than modern machineguns, many of which were derived from these century-old designs. The Communist PKM belt-fed machinegun operates on the same design as the 1908 Maxim machine gun and the Vickers. And, contrary to what everybody believes about the World War I French Chauchat machine gun, its bolt is of the same basic design as the M-16! “There’s nothing new under the sun.” Investigate World War I machine guns. You will be fascinated with them, as you learn more about how they function, and have more opportunity to interact with them.
The thrill is in shooting a machine gun that is one hundred years old. You don’t just stick in a magazine, cock it and pull the trigger, like it’s an M11-9. You have to know how it works. You have to have studied it, taken it apart and put it back together, read about it. You have to understand that machine gun that has lasted a century,… waiting for you to bring it back to life.