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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.
1919 to 1938
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.
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.
1939 to 1975
Vocabulary of Army Ordnance Stores, Section C1: Machine Guns, Mountings and Appurtenances for Ground Service Use
1942, United Kingdom
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.
Identification List – Gun, Machine, Vickers .303-in., Mk. I and Mounting Tripod, .303-in. M.G., Mk.IVB
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.
Vickers M.G. (.303-in.) Data Summary
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.
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.
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.
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.
Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Combined Maintenance Scale and Provision Schedule
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.
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.
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.
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