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.

Reproduction parts:

Firing Pin No. 1

A white-metal reproduction of the first pattern firing pin used with the Vickers MG. These were carried in the spare parts wallet and the small parts tins in the spare parts box. Originals are not available due to being a component part but this is a replica not capable of firing as it is from soft metal. Not available outside of the UK.

£8.00

Firing Pin No. 2

A white-metal reproduction of the second pattern firing pin used with the Vickers MG. These were carried in the spare parts wallet and the small parts tins in the spare parts box. Originals are not available due to being a component part but this is a replica not capable of firing as it is from soft metal. Not available outside of the UK.

£8.00

Manuals and Handbooks:

These discs contain the high-resolution scans of the various manuals that I have available to download on this website and are from the archive of the VMGCRA.

There are five parts available. 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

They will be posted around the world but please make sure you select the correct option for your destination.

United Kingdom only:

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 1: 1908 to 1919 (UK ONLY)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£10.00

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 2: 1920 to 1938 (UK ONLY)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA's archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£10.00

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 3: 1939 to 1975 (UK ONLY)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA's archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£10.00

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 4: The Rangefinder (UK ONLY)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA's archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£10.00

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 5: The Vickers Gas-Operated and Vickers-Berthier Guns (UK ONLY)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA's archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£10.00

Europe:

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 1: 1908 to 1919 (EUROPE)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£12.50

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 2: 1920 to 1938 (EUROPE)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£12.50

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 3: 1939 to 1975 (EUROPE)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£12.50

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 4: The Rangefinder (EUROPE)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£12.50

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 5: The Vickers Gas-Operated and Vickers-Berthier Guns (EUROPE)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£12.50

Worldwide:

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 1: 1908 to 1919 (WORLDWIDE)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£15.00

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 2: 1920 to 1938 (WORLDWIDE)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£15.00

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 3: 1939 to 1975 (WORLDWIDE)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£15.00

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 4: The Rangefinder (WORLDWIDE)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£15.00

Vickers MG Manuals Disc – Part 5: The Vickers Gas-Operated and Vickers-Berthier Guns (WORLDWIDE)

Containing high-resolution images of all of the manuals that are held in the VMGCRA’s archive of material. Everything available is included, such as official publications, foreign language items and drawings.

£15.00

The Machine Gun School Instructor’s 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.

It is 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 discs the Association sells, yet still excellent value at £20 including postage.  It will also include a copy of a 1919 version of the information that isn’t available either by download or on any of the other discs.

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

Machine Gun School Instructor’s Manual (UK ONLY)

This manual is an example of all of the information available to teach the students of the Machine Gun School in 1917, and a later example in 1919. Includes Battle Actions and other key information on what was taught and how it was delivered.

£20.00

Machine Gun School Instructor’s Manual (EUROPE)

This manual is an example of all of the information available to teach the students of the Machine Gun School in 1917, and a later example in 1919. Includes Battle Actions and other key information on what was taught and how it was delivered.

£22.50

Machine Gun School Instructor’s Manual (WORLDWIDE)

This manual is an example of all of the information available to teach the students of the Machine Gun School in 1917, and a later example in 1919. Includes Battle Actions and other key information on what was taught and how it was delivered.

£25.00