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This section is simply for photo's of Vickers Guns (and related Maxim family), in service and preservation. If you want to submit any photo's they would be extremely welcome, if they are of Vickers in your own collection then please let us have the serial number to include with the item description. The same applies if you have any unusual/rare accessories e.g. Sangster Emergency tripod, original canvas water bag, early ammo boxes etc. Pictures of Nordenfeldt's, Gatlings & Maxim's are also welcome here
November 1917, Canadian Vickers crews in front of Passchendaele, almost all of them except for the man nearest camera became casualties in 'the slough of despond'. Probably one of the most famous pictures of WW1.
Gun Room Colchester Garrison
The Gun Room at Colchester, a Garrison town in Essex, England. Date probably in the early 1930's
B series Vickers
B Series Vickers made 1917 which we sold, complete with its box, after we had cleaned and fitted VSM marked sights etc.
Hill 60 museum's Vickes MG
Vickers at the hill 60 museum near Ypre, note the Mk1 Sight and Sangster Tripod.
Maxim gun
IWM Photo q52551 of a group with a Maxim gun, the photo has no caption info
Moir Pillbox
One of two Moir pillboxes designed for the Vickers gun near the Lille Gate at Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. Only a handful of these survive, it was accessed from trench level, an armoured steel 'dome' was suspended under the roof allowing the gunners to be protected while having 360 degree traverse. These examples were built when the German attack of 1918 was anticipated and actually point towards British held lines which were perceived to be threatened.
2nd moir pillbox
The Second Moir Pillbox near the Lille Gate Ypres, its field of fire now obscured by the rampart wall and houses
parting shot
Exercise Parting shot run on behalf of the MGC OCA a few years ago at Bisley, complete with WW1 reenactors.
parting shot
Exercise Parting shot run on behalf of the MGC OCA a few years ago at Bisley, loading ammunition as fast as possible!
parting shot
Exercise Parting shot run on behalf of the MGC OCA a few years ago at Bisley
Vickers in WW1
Nice picture of Vickers guns firing in WW1, IWM photo Q53896, no caption
Vickers in Middle East
IWM OKA496 photo taken in the Middle East of a Royal Scots Vickers crew. Note the Blank Firing Adapter on the guns muzzle, and the unusual bayonet cover.
1934 Vickers
Nice picture taken in 1934 captioned 'Machine Gun Sections from various units have already arrived in Warminster, Wilts, where they go through a course of training on the ranges in the Wiltshire Downs.' This photo shows a 'Vickers machine-gun crew in action under the natural cover of a pair of stately elms on the outskirts of the camp'. Not posed at all of course, no ammo in the belt!
Gurkha Gunners
Nice official photo of what appear to be Gurkha gunners on the Western Front late in WW1
vickers gunner
Nice picture of a Colt manufactured (?)gun on tripod
Probably one of the best and most famous photo's of the Vickers in WW1, IWM photo Q3995 captioned ' A Vickers Machine Gun crew near Ovilliers on the Somme in July 1916'. Vickers Gunners often wore their gasmasks while in action because with smoke and steam from firing, by the time a gas attack was detected it would be too late. Gas shells were fired frequently and routinely by both sides, so this was a sensible precaution.
Vickers L4500
L4500 was particularly interesting, virtually untouched from its WW1 configuration, including the sight grad. plate, as the paint came off it was possible to make out sand and green camouflage from the Western Desert. It was too late to save that as the paint stripper had bitten, but underneath on the original phosphate was the clear wear marks of a Sangster tripod. Without a doubt this gun had spent at least two wars in the front line! It is now in the hands of a private collector.
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So come on, send 'em in!!
Vickers C9339
Crayford built Vickers C9339, built December 1917, very nice gun on a WW1 tripod belonging to John Lansdowne of Lock-n-load armoury in Canada
C mark unknown
Unusual C Mark found on the tripod of C9339 at left, anyone any ideas? did the Canadians build any tripods? John's second tripod has a similar mark
Vickers b2091
New aquisition in July 2006 Vickers B2091 dates the gun as Jan/March 1918 manufacture, very rare Crayford gun with a smooth jacket, one of the first produced with this type of water jacket.
MG o8 drawing
This appears to be a WW2 era pencil drawing of an MG08 on Schlitten mount, however the barbed wire and pickets make us wonder if it a WW1 scene? Anyone any thoughts? it is shown about 2/3 rd actual size.
 
.30 Browning at Camp Kearny
Marisue Crystal sent us this great photograph of her Grandfather, she advises that "Camp Kearney, CA sometime in October of 1918. I don't know who the guy behind the gun is, but the one on the right is my Granddad, Chester M. Overocker."
 
Thurlow's Vickers Thurlows Vickers-markings
Tim Thurlow kindly sent us these photo's of his L series Vickers, note the interesting markings around the serial number, he tells me that "My 1916 L6826 gun. Crosshead dated 1915 and made by G & B. Tripod 1916 dated on rear leg. The small crosshead pin at the rear also bears a 1917 date! For info the brass tripod also has a C with arrow through it like the one illustrated in your gallery".
The Photo's below of the 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment were taken around 1936 at Tregantle while the unit was stationed at Devonport, they were kindly provided by Paul Green and are his copyright
Vickers with 1st RSR Vickers with 1st RSR
Vickers with 1st RSR Vickers with 1st RSR
Royal Sussex Regt 1914
Above: Royal Sussex Regiment 1914, supplied by Paul Green and his copyright
Sussex Home Guard
Above: Sussex Home Guard. Supplied by Paul Green and his copyright

We received the following pictures from Mr Dan Skomsky of the USA and he kindly gave his permission for us to use them in the Gallery

The comments under the photo's are Dan's

Dans vickers left side Dans vickers right side
Dans Vickers on the range

Here is a picture of my Vickers configured with South African 7.62 NATO pats mounted on my British tripod

One of my Vickers tripods is a 194www2 British variety and the other is a Turkish inter-war one. That one looks to have been constructed from a US Vickers tripod. I like using it because it is lighter and taller than the British tripod. I use both when shooting my fully functional, legally registered, “Heinz 57” Vickers.

The side plates, bottom plate, and internals are from a 1918 US Colt 11mm balloon buster gun. The back plate, top cover, complete fusee spring assembly, feed block cover, trunnion, water jacket, and front cap are from an Australian WWII Vickers. I swap feed blocks, extractors, and barrels around depending on what ammo I’m shooting at the time. As surplus .303 British is now very expensive here, I seldom shoot it. But I do shoot 7.62 NATO using South African parts and links, 30-06 Springfield using WWI US Vickers parts with Turkish Maxim belts, 8mm Mauser using Turkish parts with stretched out Australian Vickers belts, and 7.62x54R using custom modified parts with shallow loader British Vickers Belts.

Pat Tomlinson with dans vickers
Dans friend and Dolf with Vickers
Here’s a picture of Dolf (Goldsmith, author of 'The Grand Old Lady of No Man's land) instructing my friend’s girl friend, now wife, on how to correctly fire a Vickers gun. At this time we had my Vickers configured to run 8mm Mauser. There are 1000 rounds of belted Romanian 8mm ready to fire. The only downside is the expense of feeding her. Here is a picture of Pat Tomlinson, the gentleman who built her, on the day of her resurrection He was recommended by Dolf Goldsmith and constructed my gun from a large box of parts. Pat has long since retired and has never built another Vickers. Mine was his last. Not only did he build water cooled machine guns, in his younger days he also built and rebuilt vintage aircraft for MGM Studios while living in Los Angeles. But that was 40 years ago.