A deactivated Czech made ZB-37 heavy machine gun with its tripod. The machine gun was produced for the Romanian army. fire
This model comes with tripod which incorporates a lateral traversing bar and elevating adjuster.
The cover is stamped ‘9037’ and with ‘AUTOMAT/FOC CU FOC’ which means ‘Automatic(fire)/Fire by Fire’.
On the left hand side of the frame, between the barrel and the cartridge ejection system, is stamped C.S. ZBROJOVKA, A.S. BRNO’.
Also, on the same side but between the cartridge ejection system and the trigger mechanism is stamped:
‘MITRALIERA ZB Md.37’.
Underneath is stamped serial no. ‘8949’
On the trigger mechanism is manually etched ‘8949’.
On the left side as well, on one of the metal parts of the ejection system is manually etched ‘9350’.
The ZB 37 comes with three green ammunition boxes, 6 empty cartridge belts and another belt with cartridges on it.
This machine gun comes with its deactivation certificate dated 03/09/2012.gun
~ Dimensions ~
The total length of the gun is 43.5 inches (110cm) with the barrel measuring 29 inches (74cm). The height of the gun (on the tripod) is 24 inches (61cm). The tripod width is 23.5 inches (60cm).
The total weight is approx. 21 kg.
~ Condition ~
The metalwork is in an overall good condition, with only some minor surface wear. The tripod is in decent order with some paint chipping and scratches. The gun can still be cocked and dry fired but it will have to go through the new deactivation procedures to be brought to the current standards if a special licence is not presented by the buyer. Please enquire for more.
~ History ~
The ZB 37 was manufactured between 1937 & 1941. The ZB-53 was a machine gun used by the Czechoslovak army designated TK vz. 37, by Romanian army as ZB Md. 37 and by German forces during World War II as the MG 37, often by the SS.
It was a gas-operated, belt-fed, air-cooled weapon that served both the infantry support and vehicle weapons roles. The British adopted a version of the ZB-53 as the Besa machine gun for their armoured forces.
The Chinese Nationalist Army also had 850 ZB-53s and used them to defense the castles along the Yellow River during the Second Sino-Japanese War.