The MG13 is in service with the Wehrmacht as a belt-fed machine gun for platoon, company level and vehicles, though in the latter role it is superseded by the MG34. The MG13 you tested was an aircraft gun, the version for the infantry has a quick change barrel*. That leaves the lack of parts compatibility with the M1930 LMG. And I doubt ZB will care who makes the LMG as long as the royalties are paid. That will cut into our machine carbine production but Spanish production has increased very much over the last six months and with all the interest on so called sub machine guns we’ll see a lot more competition on the international market.
The shortage of domestically produced pocket pistols is a result of the war in Spain. We stopped making the Liberator**. It never sold well here and the makers of the simpler singe action, single stack magazine pistols more often than not made their guns with some parts purchased from us. We can no longer keep them supplied to the usual levels and of course they too sell to Spain what they can. That being said, the Liberator will be back should the police choose to buy it.
*Quick recap of the MG13 development descibed here and there pages back. The Germans initially intended to design an aircraft only gun but with both German and Tankovian infantry using the 08/15 as a ‘light’ machine gun the joint design team decided an open bolt, belt fed gun made more sense, with the aircraft version not needing a quick change barrel. The Tankovian engineers also kept their German counterpart’s tendency for over-elegance in check giving the gun a blocky appearance because straight lines and flat surfaces are easier to machine. The ‘crude’ looks however offended the tender sensibilities of the German ordnance department who contracted a design for a more elegant version. The MG34, which to no Tankovian’s surprise turned out to be too elegant for mass production. Something even the German ordnance department had to admit, so they went back to the MG 13 and kept the MG 34 only for the next generation of AFV as it’s barrel change is easier to hande in a vehicle.
**Liberator pistol: Hammer fired double action Savage Model 1917 in .32 ACP and 9mm kurz(see page 36).