Vickers WW1 MG (UK-EU regulations)

Just in case it may be of interest.

“A man who bought a World War One machine gun 20 years ago for £1,000 has been told it is now worthless by BBC Antiques Roadshow experts.”

But Sam3, thats exact the case…same here in Germany…all this “old” deactivated guns (even with proofhouse OLD certif´cates) are worthless, because this EU-idiots havent given “grandfathering”…
Only newly -more or less- completely welded with no moving parts anymore, are allowed…but than, they are also worthless, because nobody wnats them.
Its better to buy a japanese TOY-Gun than…
This EU should be sued for compensation, because the local govs had previous allowed the buying and sales of this type of Deko-Guns.with Special goventment papers…and only EU-Regulations and subsequent the EU-Countries had to follow the EU Regulation in force since 2018., which made them worthless…

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What a shame.
One gentleman (a former Royal Marine) who sometimes frequents the forum is the last man to fire the Vickers in anger.
Getting a bit political, this makes it very easy to undersand why the British voted for BRIXIT


The Brits got lucky at least to be able TO VOTE for something. All others were not asked before joining the EU and are still beeing not asked about remaining - as almost all would leave this fascist madhouse (or would not have joined in the first place). Nice lesson about “democracy”!


Love your language really there is no other name for these twisted up
idiot crap heads.

Let‘s wait and see until when these devices will be forbidden in the EU too ;-)

Unfortunately no Vickers…


Spot on, However it would be really nice if they got their finger out and actually got us out but hey ho that is another story.

The process, which in various forms, has been applied to countless other items, processes, freedoms, etc., is known as “EUthanisation” not to be confused with “euthanisation” as there is absolutely is no element of altruism, just pure self-serving.

For US forum members, the problem is that up until the EU laws, certain machine guns could in the UK could be rendered “deactivated” while still retaining some moving parts. This only applied to guns with a bipod or tripod. Sub machine guns and assault rifles have been required to be welded solid in the UK since 1995.

This process involved slotting and plugging the barrel, as well as modifications to the major components of the gun. The mechanism could still be operated and dry fired. The guns could also still be field stripped.

As of April 2016, machine guns now have to be welded completely solid as well. Bolt-action rifles, pistols and revolvers can still have moving parts, but cannot be stripped or dry fired.

Owners of the previous types can still keep them. However they have to be brought up to current standards if they want to trade or sell them. As of now there is no registration system for these deactivated guns.