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    Trying to contain myself until 6:00pm on Friday!!! After almost a year waiting for ATF approval and after offloading around 40% of my previous collection to pay for it, I was just notified that I can pick up my new-to-my collection FG 42 tomorrow. Comes with its very own original bayonet, sling, scope and mount. Before I pulled the proverbial "you bought it" trigger, Ken Keilholz in Cincy reviewed the bona fides of all of the items and gave me a short history of this particular gun. It's on his list of all known original FG42s in the latest version of the FG book, Death From Above, and he graciously promised to give me a history of this particular gun, where its been, and how it got there, from the first time he became aware of it to now, ending up with me.

    Can't harldy wait, I feel like a 6 year old again on Dec 24th pestering my folks as to why Santa Claus can't show up right now!

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    Wow. Congratulations! Was this the one being offered by OOW sometime ago? Or was this a private sale?

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    Congrats! I'm excited to see it posted!

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    sold less than half of your collection to buy a $80k+ gun!? Im excited to see the FG42, but I want to see the rest of your collection!!

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    Please.... post ... pictures !!!!!

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    Here are some pictures. As some of you suspected, It did come from Bob Landies at OOW. The two full size pictures are from him, the others I took this afternoon. I was particularly pleased to see that the ZF4 is "L" marked. Notice the reweld picture, I queried several of the FG42 collectors that i know and they told me that most of the FG42s in private hands came back as a duffel bag cut individual bringback. Just to check, I measured this one against a WWII GI duffel and it looks like this was the height it needed to have it fit in the bag. They also indicated that capture papers are extremely rare with these as most of these were confiscated if they came to the notice of the Army authorities and suggested most FGs in private hands have a similiar duffel cut somewhere. I'd never heard this before, but upon rerflection, it makes sense to me. According to these references, our Army was extremely interested in examining these and supposedly, the M-60 incorporates some of the features. Anyone ever hear anything similiar to this?

    Anyway, this one at least has found a happy home next to its Luft buddies, the Drilling and the MG15 w/ground mount and AA tripod. In two weeks, its going to a private range to see how smoothly it works so that should be interesting enough, correct?
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    Luft1,
    What can I say but "WOW". You made a good decision, although I am not sure what you sold from your collection. I wasn't even aware of the Drilling until now, maybe you should start a thread and post about that as well.
    "Cincy Ken" is about as straight shooter as they come. He never ceases to amaze me what he digs up as far as rarities go. Good guy to deal with too. I always enjoy seeing him at the Knob Creek show where he has a table. I like your "L" marked Zf4 scope, blue triangle for cold weather too. Looks as if you have found a real gem there. Thank-you for posting pictures of this, it is a real treasure.
    CaptMax

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    Words can't describe that piece!!!! Thank you for showing - now we can all be envious.

    p.s. Bob is a good man to deal with too...
    WANTED TO REPURCHASE!! WALTHER PISTOL MODEL PP - AC CODE - Ser. No. 382000P
    REWARD FOR INFO ABOUT THIS PISTOL!!

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    NOT a hard choice to make im sure.. Sometimes its best to have a few than many. Im sure you know you made the right choice. Great item and the others are great as well.. Congrats !!!!

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    Fantastic, what a beauty! You are a very lucky, and no doubt very happy man.
    Green with envy,
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