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SN 8415813. Cal. 7.62 x 39mm. 16-3/8″ bbl. Amnesty registered Curio & Relic eligible Chinese type 56 machine gun with two slings, bayonet, and two 30 rnd mags as well as signed and notarized history from U.S. Airforce pilot who acquired this gun during his combat tour in Viet Nam, and subsequently registered it during the Amnesty of 1968. The orig Amnesty registration form is included with this lot which indicates he acquired this gun in August of 1966 when this rifle was only 2 yrs old. Provenance states in part that he traded a wrist watch for this machine gun to an RVN Major who wanted the watch for a present for his girlfriend. In a classic understatement he goes on to state “It made a nice trade”. In every way a stellar specimen of its kind, the gun was made in Chinese factory 56 as indicated by receiver markings as well as safety markings. Visible external SNs match and removable of top dust cover reveals bolt and spring guide also match. Orig cleaning kit in buttstock. This is a National Firearms Act item and requires BATF approval for transfer. This item is fully transferable on an ATF form 3 or 4 as Curio & Relic eligible. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is very fine orig blued finish turning a pleasing gray patina with a few faint spots of brown patina on left side of receiver. Right side retains extremely fine deep lustrous finish with a strike to the selector lever 1-1/2″ to the rear of the safety markings which although perceptible is not noticeable except on very close inspection and did not damage the receiver or retaining pin in any way. Mechanics are crisp. Chrome lined bore is brilliant, bright and shiny. Both included slings, are completely serviceable, one of which has a bullet hole through both straps sides with blood staining which truly illustrates the battle history of this gun. Bayonet is extremely fine, near mint. As true and authentic as these rifles can ever be, the condition is just fantastic with wear pattern to the inside of the forward sling swivel and one can even see the ghost of the orig slings crosshatching on the receiver at the rear sling swivel point. This gun cries out “I was there, and I was carried”. This machine gun combines the best of the best elements, great orig condition, great shootable design, Amnesty registered, Curio & Relic, and documented and notarized Historical provenance. 52626-13 JWK (70,000-100,000) C&R – Lot 2093

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Auction: Firearms - October 2017
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