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V02219 Instructions for Armourers, 1912, Reprinted with amendments (low resolution free download)
1916 United Kingdom 6,874 KB
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.

High resolution manual: 1916-UK-InstructionsforArmourers

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£3.50

DDE871 D.D.(E). 871 (low resolution free download)
1927 United Kingdom 1,306 KB
Instructions to guide local adjustment and repair of Mountings, Tripod, .303-inch M.G., Mk. IV – from Instructions for Armourers
DDE1000 D.D.(E). 1000 (low resolution free download)
1928 United Kingdom 964 KB
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
V04439 Instructions for Armourers 1931 (low resolution free download)
1938 United Kingdom 13,852 KB
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.

High resolution manual: 1938-UK-InstructionsForArmourers1931-Amds(V04439)

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SAID2062 Small Arms Identification Drawing 2062 (low resolution free download)
1931 United Kingdom 3,195 KB
Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303-in., Mk. I – from Instructions for Armourers
SAID2081 Small Arms Identification Drawing 2081 (low resolution free download)
1931 United Kingdom 3,118 KB
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
V00429 S.A. Identification Lists, C.1 American, Guns, Machine, Vickers .30in., U.S.A., Mk. 1., and Mountings (low resolution free download)
1941 United Kingdom 3,538 KB
The illustrated parts list for the M1915 Vickers that was supplied to the UK Home Guard under the lend-lease scheme.
V00083 Vocabulary of Army Ordnance Stores, Section C1: Machine Guns, Mountings and Appurtenances for Ground Service Use (low resolution free download)
1942 United Kingdom 3.59 MB
V00430 Identification List – Gun, Machine, Vickers .303-in., Mk. I and Mounting Tripod, .303-in., M.G., Mk.IVB (low resolution free download)
1945 Australia 5,372 KB
V00432 Vickers M.G. (.303-in.) Data Summary (low resolution free download)
1945 Canada 340 KB
V00427 Identification List For Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303-in., Mark 1 On Mounting, Tripod, .303-in., M.G., Mark 4B (low resolution free download)
1949 United Kingdom 6,711 KB
1949-UK-VAOS-C1 Vocabulary of Army Ordnance Stores, Section C1, Machine Guns, Mountings and Appurtenances for Ground Service Use (low resolution free download)
1949 United Kingdom 5.99 MB
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.
Page001-001 Armourers’ Wing Precis – Volume II (low resolution free download)
1950s United Kingdom (British Army of the Rhine) 15.2 MB
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.

V00424 Gun, Machine, .303-inch, Vickers, Mark I (low resolution free download)
1954 United Kingdom 4427 KB
V02710 Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Combined Maintenance Scale and Provision Schedule (low resolution free download)
1958 Australia 6,129 KB
emeaust_zps5cc9b178 Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Instructions (low resolution free download)
1963 Australia 6,593 KB
V00428 Identification List For Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303-in., Mark 1 On Mounting, Tripod, .303-in., M.G., Mark 4B (low resolution free download)
1975 Iraq 9,629 KB

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