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MG42/M53 by Imperial Arms Co.


This item will be released January 1, 2025.

Reservations Now Being Accepted

A limited number of MG42/M53’s are being made available exclusively through ArmoryofKings.com

Restored by hand in the USA with the exquisite craftsmanship Imperial Arms Co. is known for.

We respectcfully ask for your patience as we rebuild these exquisite pieces of history by hand, one at a time. Production is on a first come, first serve basis.

Available for pre-ordering

SKU: ia-mg42-m53 Categories: ,


Imperial Arms Co. is restoring a limited run of this historic gun.

Starting with Yugoslavian M53 parts kits, these belt feds are being rebuilt and remarked in the classic MG42 designation.

Each MG42/M53 is painstakingly reassembled, and hand finished using industry best practices. Brand new guide rails are installed, and hand fitted to the bolt and carrier for proper function and longevity. The trigger module has an MP5 pushpin take down design, which makes for easier field stripping. Moreover, the MP5 push pin design maintains the structural integrity of the recuperator assembly, which is usually compromised in other MG42/M53 semi-auto restorations.

They’re Chambered in chrome lined .308 quick change barrels for broader ammunition availability, and they’re Cerakoted® in a variety of available colors, including the highly coveted Ral8000 displayed at the Dorin Technologies Booth at the 2023 NRA Show.

Additionally, they come equipped with a modern MG3 feeding system. This includes the incredibly scarce MG3 top cover and feed tray, allowing for increased reliability, and the use of disintegrating links in addition to the classic non-disintegrating belts.

The Imperial Arms Co. MG42/M53 come assembled in an ATF approved closed bolt, hammer-fired configuration, utilizing BRP semi-auto internal components. Each machine gun ships with a custom wooden transit chest.

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Black, FDE, Ral8000

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