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This page contains some of the parts and information I regularly have for sale. Please use the PayPal payments system to order these. If you wish to order in any other way, then please contact me.

Some of the items are made to order and I will endeavour to get them to you without delay. Should there, for any reason, be a problem with getting them to you, I will email as soon as possible with an expected delivery date.

Spare Parts & Tools:

Firing Pin No. 1

These pins are made from white metal and are replicas that are not suitable for use in a real weapon at all. These are the type used up until the introduction of the lighter No. 2 type in the latter part of the Great War. They are not suitable for sale outside the UK.


Firing Pin No. 2

These pins are made from white metal and are replicas that are not suitable for use in a real weapon at all. This variant is the lighter type that was introduced towards the end of the Great War and is suitable for all Second World War impressions. They are not suitable for sale outside the UK.


Manuals and Handbooks:

These DVDs contain the high-resolution scans of the various manuals that I have available to download on this website.

There are five parts available. This has been increased as the number of files available no longer fits on four DVDs. They are:

  • Part 1: Vickers water-cooled guns 1908-1919
  • Part 2: Vickers water-cooled guns 1920-1938
  • Part 3: Vickers water-cooled guns 1939-1975
  • Part 4: The Rangefinder
  • Part 5: The Vickers Gas Operated (G.O.) / Class 'K' Gun

    Please select your destination from the drop-down box.

  • Part 1: Vickers water-cooled guns 1908-1919.

    Price inc. postage

    Part 2: Vickers water-cooled guns 1920-1938.

    Price inc. postage

    Part 3: Vickers water-cooled guns 1939-1975.

    Price inc. postage

    Part 4: The Range-finder.

    Price inc. postage

    Part 5: The Vickers G.O and Vickers-Berthier.

    Price inc. postage
    Also now available is the Machine Gun School Instructors' Manual.

    This is a product of the Machine Gun Corps History Project, which has now become part of the Vickers MG Collection & Research Association. It is a full copy of a very scarce manual from 1917 and is fully annotated by its previous owner. It's a massive insight into how machine gunnery was being taught at Harrowby Camp and Belton Park, Grantham and will be of interest to anyone related to the Vickers MG or the Machine Gun Corps.

    It's over 500 pages as a PDF file that's easily navigable.

    They will be produced on a disc in a case with an introduction to the Machine Gun Corps, written by the MGC History Project. Given the investment in copying and time that has been put into this unique product, they will be more expensive that the other DVDs the Association sells, yet still excellent value at £20 including postage.

    Anybody wishing to order other DVDs in the series (five in total) at the same time as the Instructors' Manual can do so at a discounted rate of £5 each.

    Here are some sample pages.

    The Machine Gun Corps History Project has for some years now been researching in depth the history of this short-lived but hugely important specialist corps of the British Army. In the process of gathering material and compiling a detailed history of the Corps, the Project Team was loaned The Machine Gun School Instructors Manual, a very rare document. Not only that, but the copy belonged to Major PHR Jephson, who commanded the Publications Branch and the Information Bureau of the Machine Gun Training Centre from early 1917.

    Thus not only is there the voluminous manual – over 600 pages of it, covering every aspect of machine gun warfare and the effective use of such guns and their positioning, but there are numerous pages of Jephson’s own handwritten notes and commentary on the course itself (the manual includes the detailed timetable for the ten week course). The manual also includes a section, over a hundred pages long, giving examples of the use of machine guns in different actions from 1914 to 1917, each one complete with accompanying sketch map. The manual is profusely illustrated and the reproduction is very good. Even for a student of the war who is not a machine gun specialist, this is a most desirable addition to any respectable Great War collection. The reprintis being produced as part of the desire of the MGC History Project Team to ensure that the legacy of the officers and men and their achievement is kept alive in modern memory.

    The modest price for a work of this importance is designed to cover costs; anything left over will be put towards the ongoing research expenses of the Project.

    Nigel Cave

    Series Editor, Battleground Europe book series

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