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1908 to 1919

Instructions for Armourers, 1912, Reprinted with amendments

1916, United Kingdom

This manual provides the armourers’ instructions for small arms maintenance, bicycles, carriages and machine guns; however, it doesn’t cover the Vickers or the Lewis as they were not yet included, even by the 1916 amendments which only included the Maxim.

6,874 KB – Free low-resolution PDF download

1919 to 1938

D.D.(E). 871

1927, United Kingdom

Instructions to guide local adjustment and repair of Mountings, Tripod, .303-inch M.G., Mk. IV – from Instructions for Armourers.

1,306 KB – Free low-resolution PDF download

D.D.(E). 1000

1928, United Kingdom

Mounting, Tripod, .303-in. Mk. G. Mk. IV., Wheel, Elevating, B. – Instructions for the Modification of Wheels, Elevating, A. to B. Pattern – from Instructions for Armourers.

964 KB – Free low-resolution PDF download

Instructions for Armourers, 1931

1938, United Kingdom

This is the book of Instructions for Armourers that contains details on all the weapons in service at the time, and bicycles.  Includes the rifle, revolver, sword, bayonet, Lewis light machine gun and, of course, the Vickers MG.  It has been updated to 1938 with pasted in amendments.

13,852 KB – Free low-resolution PDF download

Small Arms Identification Drawing 2062

1931, United Kingdom

Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303-in., Mk. I – from Instructions for Armourers. It’s a scaled drawing so suitable for simple design and construction.

3,195 KB – Free low-resolution PDF download

Small Arms Identification Drawing 2041

1931, United Kingdom

Mounting, Tripod, .303-inch M.G., Mk. IV; Mount, Field, Lewis, .303-inch, M.G. Mk. III; Mounting, Tripod, Hotchkiss .303-inch, Mks. II* and II** – from Instructions for Armourers. It’s a scaled drawing so suitable for simple design and construction.

3,118 KB – Free low-resolution PDF download

1939 to 1975

Small Arms Identification Lists, C.1. American: Guns, Machine, Vickers .30-in. U.S.A., Mk. I and Mountings

1941, United Kingdom

The illustrated parts list for the M1915 Vickers that was supplied to the UK Home Guard under the lend-lease scheme.

3,538 KB – Free low-resolution PDF download

Vocabulary of Army Ordnance Stores, Section C1: Machine Guns, Mountings and Appurtenances for Ground Service Use

1942, United Kingdom

The mid-war catalogue of all items relating to machine guns in British service, including the spares and accessories for the Vickers, as well as the Bren and Lewis in ground service.

3.59 MB – Low resolution PDF download

Priced Vocabulary of Royal Air Force Equipment, Part 5, Machine Guns, Ordnance and Small Arms

1942, United Kingdom

A full list of the machine guns and small arms of the Royal Air Force in mid-Second World War. It includes the spares and accessories for those weapons as well. The sections covered are 7A – Lewis and Vickers machine guns, 7B – Small Arms, 7C – Ordnance and Ordnance Sights, etc., 7D – Hispano Guns, 7E – Browning Machine Guns, 7J – Vickers Gas Operated Machine Guns, 7K – Apparatus A.D.

12.4 MB – low resolution PDF download

Identification List – Gun, Machine, Vickers .303-in., Mk. I and Mounting Tripod, .303-in. M.G., Mk.IVB

1945, Australia

An illustrated parts list, that has been reproduced commercially (available from Amazon), and shows the components of the gun as well as the accessories in use in 1945 by the Australians.

5,372KB – Low resolution PDF download

Vickers M.G. (.303-in.) Data Summary

1945, Canada

A summary of the characteristics of the Vickers Mk I as used in Canadian Service. Printed for the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers – the Canadian equivalent of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers – who provided the armourers to overhaul and repair the guns.

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Identification List For Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303-in., Mark 1 On Mounting, Tripod, .303-in., M.G., Mark 4B

1949, United Kingdom

An illustration list for identifying components and accessories in post-war British service.

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Vocabulary of Army Ordnance Stores, Section C1, Machine Guns, Mountings and Appurtenances for Ground Service Use

1949, United Kingdom

A full list of all machine gun equipment in service in 1949, including the Vickers, Bren, Lewis, Besa and other ground service guns and their accessories.

5.99 MB – Low resolution PDF download

Vocabulary of Army Ordnance Stores, Section Q1, S.A.A. and Machine Gun Ammunition, Shell Fuzes, Tubes, Primers, Fireworks (Explosives)

1950, United Kingdom

The catalogue for ammunition in the immediate post-War and Korea period showing the diversity of ammunition supplies at that time.

3.08 MB – low resolution PDF download

Armourers’ Wing Precis – Volume II

1950s, United Kingdom

A comprehensive armourers’ training manual for the REME Technical Training School in the British Army of the Rhine, Germany, from the late 1940s or early 1950s. It includes the Vickers GO as well the Lee-Enfield rifles, Sten machine carbines and various pistols.

15.2 MB low resolution PDF download

Gun, Machine, .303-inch, Vickers, Mark I

1954, United Kingdom

An Amendment issue for the 1949 Illustrated Parts List, it includes exploded diagrams of the gun and tripod showing the component parts.

4,427 KB – low resolution PDF download

Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Combined Maintenance Scale and Provision Schedule

1958,  Australia

This document details the number of items and components needed to keep the Vickers Mk I in service. The quantities are tabulated depending on the number of guns for which the unit is responsible. It’s written for the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers – the Australian equivalent of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

6,129 KB – low resolution PDF download

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Instructions

1963, Australia

Detailed instructions for armourers for maintenance and alterations to the Vickers Mk I. It’s written for the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers – the Australian equivalent of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

6,593 KB – low resolution PDF download

Identification List For Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303-in., Mark 1 On Mounting, Tripod, .303-in., M.G., Mark 4B

1975, Iraq

An Arabic print of the 1949 Illustrated Parts List, issued to Iraqi troops and recovered by the British Army in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. It was found in a bunker near Basra and donated to the VMGCRA.

9,629 KB – low resolution PDF download

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