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Spare parts and tools:

The tools and equipment of a Machine Gun Section were carried in different methods depending on the likelihood of breakage or frequency of maintenance. Therefore, items commonly needing repair or cleaning would be carried with the gun team - usually by the No. 2 - while those less common, and as replacements for the gun teams, were carried within the Section transport.

The first item of carrying equipment used was the wallet, which was contained within the case, which was carried at a scale of 1 per gun. Initially the case (with the wallet inside) was carried in the box at a level of 1 per gun but as the Great War progressed, the box was designated on a scale of every two guns, and therefore a Section or Sub-Section item.

The references for the photographs shown below are period Manuals and labels within containers.

A comparative table of the different spare parts carried is available to download as an MS Excel file.

For futher information on a particular part or tool, if available, click on the relevant part of the image or in the list.


1914 1917 1918
1930 1939 1951

1914

The Spares Wallet - carried one per gun within the Spare Parts Case.

Wallets, Spare Parts & Tools Cork, for plug Cup, Muzzle Attachment Flannelette Fusee, with chain Gib Pin, Firing Pin, Tumbler Pin, Trigger Pin, Split, Keep, 1/8 by 2 1/2 inch Protector, Muzzle Sear, with spring Spring, Gib Spring, Lock Trigger Tumbler Washers, No. 1 Washers, No. 2 Reflector, Mirror Pliers, Side-Cutting, 6-inch Pullthrough, Double Screwdriver, Small, M.G. Punch, M.G., No. 3 Punch, M.G., No. 5


1917

The Spares Wallet - carried one per gun within the Spare Parts Case.

Wallet, Spare Parts & Tools Bush, Axis, Side Levers Gib Pin, Split, Bush, Axis, Side Levers Pin, Firing Pin, Tumbler Pin, Trigger Sear, with spring Trigger Tumbler Spring, Gib Spring, Lock Cork, for plug Disc, Muzzle Attachment Cup, Muzzle Attachment Fusee, with chain Pin, 'T-Fixing', Rear-Crosspiece Pullthrough, Double Punch, M.G., No. 3 Punch, M.G., No. 5 Tools, Combination Screwdriver, Small, M.G. Reflector, Mirror Washers, No. 1 Washers, No. 2 Wire Gauze

The 'First-Aid' Spare Parts Case - carried one per gun by the No. 2 of the MG Detachment.

Case, Spare Parts & Tools Can, Oil, M.G. Level, Spirit, M.G. Blocks, Feed Wallet, Spare Parts & Tools Lock, Breech Pliers, Side-Cutting, 6-inch Balance, Spring Plug, Clearing, M.G. Funnel


1918

The Spares Wallet - carried one per gun within the Spare Parts Case.

Wallet, Spare Parts & Tools Cork, for plug Cup, Muzzle Attachment Disc, Muzzle Attachment Fusee, with chain Gib Pin, Trigger Pin, Tumbler Pin, Firing Sear, with spring Spring, Gib Spring, Lock Trigger Tumbler Pin, Split, Keep Pliers, Side-Cutting, 6-inch Pullthrough, Double Punch, M.G., No. 3 Punch, M.G., No. 5 Reflector, Mirror Screwdrivers, Small Washers, No. 1 Washers, No. 2

The 'First-Aid' Spare Parts Case - carried one per gun by the No. 2 of the MG Detachment.

Can, Oil, M.G. Flanellette Wallet, Spare Parts & Tools Lock, Breech Balance, Spring, M.G. Tools, Combination Pliers, Side-Cutting, 6-inch Spring, Fusee Level, Spirit, M.G. Plastecine Funnel Case, Spare Parts & Tools Plug, Clearing, M.G.


1930

The Spares Wallet - carried one per gun within the Spare Parts Case.

Wallet, Spare Parts & Tools Cork, for plug Cup, Muzzle Attachment Disc, Muzzle Attachment Fusee, with chain Gib Protectors, Muzzle Pin, Trigger Pin, Tumbler Pin, Firing Spring, Gib Spring, Lock Trigger Tumbler Sear, with spring Pin, Split, Keep Pliers, Side-Cutting Pullthrough, Double Punch, M.G., No. 3 Punch, M.G., No. 5 Reflectors, Mirror Washers, No. 1 Washers, No. 2 Screwdriver, Small, M.G.

The Spare Parts Case - carried with the gun at all times when in action, by the No. 2 of the Sub-Section.

Lock Tools, Combination Wallet, Spare Parts & Tools Flanellete (for binding Luting) Luting Balance, Spring Spring, Fusee Can, Oil Funnel Plug, Clearing Case, Spare Parts & Tools

The Spare Parts Box. Carried one per section.

Box, Spare Parts & Tools Blocks, Feed Tool, Belt Repairing Boxes, Small Parts Bush, Axis, Side Levers Collar, Roller Cork, for plug Cup, Muzzle Attachment Discs, Muzzle Attachment Eyelets, Long Fusee, with chain Gib Gland, Packing Lever, Extractor, Left Lever, Extractor, Right Packing, Asbestos Hammer Pin, Trigger Pin, Tumbler Pin, Firing Strips, Long Strips, Short Case, Spare Parts & Tools Pins, Fixing, Crank Handle Pins, Split, Collar, Roller Pins, Split, Keeper, 1/8 by 2 1/2 Pins, Split, Bush, Axis, Side Lever Pins, Split, Check Nut, Long Pins, Split, Muzzle Attachment Plugs, Belt Plugs, Cork, Complete Plugs, Screwed Plug, Front Cover Catch Plungers, Front Cover Catch Roller Screws, Clamp, Checking Traverse Pins, 'T' Fixing, Rear Crosspiece Screwdrivers, Large Sights, Night, Fore and Back, Complete Sights, Fore Sights, Tangent Spanner, Adjustable Springs, Bottom Pawl Springs, cover lock Springs, Front Cover Catch Spring, Gib Springs, Lock Springs, Safety Catch with Piston Springs, Sear Springs, Shutter Catch Springs, Tangent Sight Springs, Top Pawl Springs, Trigger Bar Wire Gauze Washers, Packing, Nut, Elevating
Key #ItemQuantityNotes
1Blocks, Feed2
2Boxes, tin for Small Parts3
3Bushes, axis side levers1
4Case, spare parts and tools1For contents see above "spare parts case"
5Collars, roller1
6Cork1
7Cup, muzzle attachment1
8Discs, muzzle attachment4
9Eyelets, long1/2oz.
10Fusee, with chain1
11Gib1
12Gland, packing1
13Hammer1
14Lever, extractor, left1
15Lever, extractor, right1
16Packing, asbestos45-yd. pieces
17Pins, trigger1
18Pins, tumbler1
19Pins, firing2
20Pins, fixing crank handle1
21Pins, split collar roller2
22Pins, split keeper 1/8 by 2 1/26For Mk. IV tripod mounting
23Pins, split bush axis side lever1
24Pins, split check nut long3
25Pins, split muzzle attachment1
26Pins, "T" fixing rear crosspiece2
27Plugs, belt1In one box only in each limber
28Plugs, cork, complete1
29Plugs, screwed1
30Plugs, front cover catch2
31Plungers, front cover catch2
32Roller1
33Screws, clamp, checking traverse1In one box only, in No. 1 limber of each section
34Screwdrivers, large1
35Sights, night, fore and back, each1Issued and indented for separately, not part of the Spare Parts Box when issued
36Sights, fore1
37Sights, tangent1
38Spanner, shifting1
39Springs, bottom pawl1
40Springs, cover lock2
41Springs, front cover catch2
42Springs, gib1
43Springs, lock4
44Springs, safety catch with piston2
45Springs, sear2
46Springs, shutter catch2
47Springs, tangent sight1
48Springs, top pawl2
49Springs, trigger bar2
50Strips, long25
51Strips, short25
52Tool, repairing belt1
53Wire gauze2pieces
54Washers, packing nut elevating6Tripod Mk. IV


1939

The Spares Wallet - carried one per gun within the Spare Parts Case.

Wallet, Spare Parts & Tools Trigger Tumbler Gib Pin, Trigger Pin, Tumbler Pin, Firing Spring, Lock Spring, Gib Sear, with spring Washers, No. 1 Washers, No. 2 Wire Gauze Pullthrough, Double Cork Cup, Muzzle Attachment Disc, Muzzle Attachment Fusee, with chain Pin, Split, Keep Pliers, Side-Cutting Protector, Muzzle Punch, M.G., No. 3 Punch, M.G., No. 5 Reflector, Mirror Screwdriver, Small

The Spare Parts Case - carried with the gun at all times when in action, by the No. 2 of the Sub-Section.

Case, Spare Parts & Tools Balance, Spring Tool, Combination Can, Oil Flanellette Luting Lock Plug, Clearing Wallet, Spare Parts & Tools Spring, Fusee

The Spare Parts Box. Carried one per section.

Box, Spare Parts & Tools Blocks, Feed Plugs, Front Cover Catch Plungers, Front Cover Catch Springs, Bottom Pawl Springs, Front Cover Catch Springs, Top Pawl Washers, Packing, Nut, Elevating Pins, Split, Keep Screw, Clamp, Checking, Traverse Bush, Axis, Side Levers Gib Pin, Trigger Pin, Tumbler Pin, Firing Lever, Extractor, Left Lever, Extractor, Right Pin, Split, Bush, Axis, Side Levers Spring, Gib Spring, Lock Spring, Sear Pin, Split, Check Nut, Long Wire Gauze Sight, Tangent Sight, Fore Spring, Tangent Sight Sights, Night, Fore and Back Plugs, Belt Pin, Split, Muzzle Attachment Cup, Muzzle Attachment Discs, Muzzle Attachment Gland, Packing Collar, Roller Pin, Fixing, Crank Handle Pin, Split, Keep Roller Fusee, with chain Cork Plug, Cork, Complete Plug, Screwed Screwdrivers, Large Spanners, Adjustable Packing, Asbestos Boxes, Small Parts Springs, Trigger Bar Springs, Cover Lock Pins, 'T-Fixing', Rear-Crosspiece Eyelets, Long Strips, Long Strips, Short Tool, Belt Repairing Hammer
Key #ItemQuantityNotes
1Blocks, Feed2
2Boxes, tin for Small Parts3
3Bushes, axis side levers1
5Collars, roller1
6Cork1
7Cup, muzzle attachment1
8Discs, muzzle attachment4
9Eyelets, long1/2oz.
10Fusee, with chain1
11Gib1
12Gland, packing1
13Lever, extractor, left1
15Lever, extractor, right1
16Packing, asbestos45-yd. pieces
17Pins, trigger1
18Pins, tumbler1
19Pins, firing2
20Pins, fixing crank handle1
21Pins, split collar roller2
22Pins, split keeper 1/8 by 2 1/26For Mk. IV tripod mounting
23Pins, split bush axis side lever1
24Pins, split check nut long3
25Pins, split muzzle attachment1
26Pins, "T" fixing rear crosspiece2
27Plugs, belt1In one box only in each limber
28Plugs, cork, complete1
29Plugs, screwed1
30Plugs, front cover catch2
31Plungers, front cover catch2
32Roller1
33Screws, clamp, checking traverse1In one box only, in No. 1 limber of each section
34Screwdrivers, large1
35Sights, night, fore and back, each1Issued and indented for separately, not part of the Spare Parts Box when issued
36Sights, fore1
37Sights, tangent1
38Spanner, shifting1
39Springs, bottom pawl1
40Springs, cover lock2
41Springs, front cover catch2
42Springs, gib1
43Springs, lock4
44Springs, safety catch with piston2
45Springs, sear2
46Springs, shutter catch2
47Springs, tangent sight1
48Springs, top pawl2
49Springs, trigger bar2
50Strips, long25
51Strips, short25
52Tool, repairing belt1
53Wire gauze2pieces
54Washers, packing nut elevating6Tripod Mk. IV


1951

The Spares Wallet - carried one per gun within the Spare Parts Case.

Wallets, Spare Parts & Tools Bottle, oil, Mk. 4 or 5 Cork Cup, Muzzle Attachment Disc, Muzzle Attachment Fusee, with chain Lever, Top Lever, Bottom Packing, Asbestos Pins, Split, Lever, Feedblock Pin, Trigger Pin, Tumbler Pin, Firing Pin, Split, 1/8 x 2 1/2 Pliers, Side-Cutting Protector, Muzzle Pullthrough Punch, M.G., No. 3 Punch, M.G., No. 5 Screwdriver, Small Sear, with spring Spring, Lock Trigger Tumbler Washers, Adjusting, No. 1 Washers, Adjusting, No. 2 Wire Gauze Washer, Leather

The Spare Parts Case - carried with the gun at all times when in action, by the No. 2 of the Sub-Section.

Case, Spares Parts & Tools Extractors Lock, Breech Balance, Spring Wallet Spring, Fusee Tool, Combination Plug, Clearing Can, Oil

The Spare Parts Box. Carried one per section.

Box, Spares Parts & Tools Blocks, Feed, RH Box, Patches, First-Aid, Complete Box, Small Parts Brush, Can, Oil, M.G. Hammer Bush, Axis, Side Levers Gib Lever, Extractor, Left Lever, Extractor, Right Pin, Firing Spring, Lock Spring, Gib Spring, Sear Pin, Trigger Pin, Tumbler Pin, Split, Bush, Axis, Side Levers Chains, Crosshead, M.G. Washers, Nut, Elevating Pin, Elevating Joint Pin, Crosshead Joint Screws, Clamp, Checking traverse Pin, Split, Keep Plug, Screwed Plug, Cork, Complete Cork, for plug Pins, Split, 1/8 x 1-inch Plugs, Front Cover Catch Plungers, Front Cover Catch Roller Collar, Roller Washers, No. 1 Washers, No. 2 Pin, Split, Keep Springs, Front Cover Catch Springs, Safety Catch, with plunger Springs, Shutter Catch Springs, Trigger Bar Pins, 'T-Fixing', Rear Crosspiece Springs, Cover Lock Springs, Bottom Pawl Springs, Top Pawl Packing, Asbestos Fusee, with chain Cup, Muzzle Attachment Disc, Muzzle Attachment Pin, Split, Muzzle Attachment Sights, Tangent Spanner, Adjustable Sights, Fore Springs, Tangent Sight Wire Gauze
Key #ItemQuantityNotes
1Blocks, Feed, RH2
2Boxes, Patch, First - Aid, complete1
3Boxes, Small Parts1
4Brushes, Oil, MG1
5Bush, Axis, Side levers1
6Chains, Crosshead joint1
7Collars, Roller1
8Cork for plug2
9Cups, Muzzle attachment1
10Discs, Muzzle attachment4
11Fusee, with chain1
12Gib1
13Lever, Extractor, Left1
15Lever, Extractor, Right1
16Packing, Asbestos85-Yard pieces
17Pins, Crosshead joint1
18Pins, Elevating joint1
19Pins, Split, Keeper, 1/16-in X 1-in3
20Pins, Trigger lock1
21Pins, Tumbler1
22Pins, Firing4
23Pins, Split, Collar, Roller2
24Pins, Keep split, 1/8 X 2½ inches6For Mark 4 tripod mounting
25Pins, Split bush, Axis, Side lever1
26Pins, Muzzle attachment1
27Pins, T fixing, rear crosspiece1
28Plugs, Cork, Complete1
29Plugs, Screwed1
30Plugs, Front Cover Catch1
31Plungers, Front Cover Catch1
32Roller1
33Screws, Clamp, Checking traverse1
34Sights, Fore1
35Sights, Tangent1
36Spanner, Adjustable1
37Springs, Bottom pawl2
38Springs, Rear cover lock4
39Springs, Front cover catch2
40Springs, Gib2
41Springs, Lock8
42Springs, Safety catch with piston4
43Springs, Sear2
44Springs, Shutter catch2
45Springs, Tangent sight1
46Springs, Top pawls feed block4
47Springs, Trigger bar4
48Washers, Adjusting, No. 14
49Washers, Adjusting, No. 24
50Washers, Elevating Nut6Tripod Mk. 4
51Wire Gauze8Pieces


Sources:

  • War Office, 1918; 1930; 1939a; 1951a

    Specific source references can be provided if required.

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