Lafette Mount Conversion

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Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby rgus48 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:57 pm

Is there a conversion or mounting block to convert the 42 Lafette to a 34 Lafette? Either the M3 or the earlier German Lafette.
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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby jbaum » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:07 pm

because the mounting systems for the two guns are completely different, the only way to "convert" the lafette is to completely replace the cradle. So, in short, no, there is no conversion, unless you buy an entire cradle, disassemble the lafette, and replace the cradle.
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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby rgus48 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:04 am

I was hoping for something quick and easy. Guess not thanks
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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby bmwr12 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:54 pm

The best mount for dual use would be the WW2 style AA tripod. You can use either, if you have both parts and only have to remove 2 bolts.
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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby rgus48 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:58 am

I bought one of the AA mounts. What parts will I need to accomadate both weapons?
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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby bmwr12 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:23 pm

http://www.oldtimergarage.eu/store/product_info.php?products_id=2698 and the mg42 adaptor.It is also the same part used on the Lafette AA extension and motorcycle MG mounts If it is one of the newer AA mounts some machining will be needed.
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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby junglewalk » Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:46 am

rgus48;..> Yeah there is a way to mount a 34 onto a 42 lafette, but you will have to permanently alter the trigger linkage with a dremel tool or file.
.......TNW has a $25.00 mounting block, that you screw onto the bottom rear of the barrel jacket, once you remove the two screws holding the spring clip. This steel little block will lock into the female mount in front on the lafette cradle...> The problem is the trigger linkage, it must be filed so it will fit around the trigger of the 34....but this will be a permanent alteration, and will work if you have no intention of ever mounting a 42 onto this lafette.
.....Here is a shot of a 34 on a post war 42 lafette, using the TNW mounting block;

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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby rgus48 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:13 am

Thanks so much for the info. I had seen that piece you are talking about but wasn't sure just what it did. I really don't want to modify my 42 Lafette, I would rather try and locate a 34 lafette or fire it off the AA mount or bypod before I tear up a perfectly good mount.
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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby junglewalk » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:05 am

Until you decide what you want, the post war lafettes are cheap & available, in that case the TNW adaptor would give you the ability to get the gun onto the lafette, until you find the war-time one.
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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby rgus48 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:17 am

That is an excellant idea. Iwill order one of the M3 mounts still around and convert itspecifically for the MG34. Been looking for an excuse to do just that. Thanks
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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby anjongni » Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:08 am

Allegheny has the upper rail section of an MG34 lafette, with the barrel flip-over mechanism. It's under "lafette parts" on their site, but won't let me copy the picture. It's not cheap, but I'm sure that you creative guys could mount it to a late-model lafette in no time. You might take a look at it....Phil
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Re: Lafette Mount Conversion

Postby rgus48 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:20 am

Thanks Phil, I will
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