Rare WW2 CRA Mg42 fully Automatic machine gun
Manufactured by CRA (Alkett / Maget ) in 1943 at its Rheinmetall-Borsig AG
This is a rare find, an early manufactured MG42 with fully matching numbers and in very good condition for an early manufactured MG42.
This is a UK Spec deactivation and is fully dry firing and fully strippable it also has a nice dry firing action.
The serial number is in the late 1942 serial number range 2916 (107-3605a)
but the 'GH' nazi factory code is for early 1943 and has the factory production code 'CRA' for Maget as does the factory Waffen stamps WAa11, the waffern code for Maget which was a subsidiary of Rheinmetall-Borsig AG.
Very easy to strip down and the whole gun can be stripped down into more parts than in the photo above.
All information below was obtained from Folke Myrvang Mg42 Collectors Grade Book
From Top to Bottom
GH : is the Nazi factory date code for 1943 for MAGET.
Model : Mg42
2916 e for third week in March (1943) , the serial number indicates a
late 1942 production number as in late 1942 the factory was renamed MAGET from ALKETT. The serial number of this Mg42 2916 appears to be in the 1942 serial number range 107-3605a.
CRA: is for Maget (ra - ALKETT - Altmaerkische Kettenwerke GmbH, Werk II, Berlin-Tegel the factory was renamed MAGET - Maschinenbau und Geraetebau GmbH 1942-43) subsidiary of Rheinmetall-Borsig AG.
Waffern stamp on reciever WAa11 for ALKETT and MAGET as the factory just changed name. It was still a subsidiary of Rheinmetall-Borsig AG
Anyone interested in buying this Mg42 will know about its general history and would be more interested in 'its history' rather than a general history of the Mg42 otherwise we would be writing a very large book !