Interesting (bipod?) leg

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by LH28, Feb 5, 2021.

  1. LH28

    LH28 Member

    I found an interesting item in a german forest the other day, but can't seem to find what it is exactly.
    I think it should be a british/canadian item as it was found at <50 meters from a Bren barrel/bipod and a sten-magazine.

    The total length of the pole is 90 cm but can be shortened, the diameter is 35mm (the thin part 25mm) and the material seems to be stainless steel.
    There are a number of markings which may help to indentify the object:
    on the thin part: GTI 12432 FMCO 43.
    on the thicker part: GTI 12430 FMCO 43

    I think it could be some kind of bipod/tripod leg, but it could maybe also be a vehicle part.

    Thanks in advance, any tips or comments are appreciated!
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    A couple of thoughts

    Stainless steel for a machine gun tripod seems very expensive

    FMCO - possibly Ford Motor Co - so it may be a part from a vehicle

  3. LH28

    LH28 Member

    Thanks for replying.
    I agree, that was also my thought. Although the 'foot' really looks like some kind of bipod part and not like a vehicle part, so that has me confused.

  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  5. LH28

    LH28 Member

    I agree, we actually found a Bren bipod about 50 meters from this mysterious item.
    That bipod is also a lot smaller.

    So a vehicle part sounds more likely indeed. But it would still be an interesting vehicle part with the weird 'foot'.

  6. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Looks like a steering tie rod to me. Maybe from a jeep?
  7. LH28

    LH28 Member

    Do you mean this part:
    Because my item seems to be adjustable or at least movable like a spring (see the first picture).
  8. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Yes, that was the part I thought it might be. I agree that it isn't now that I see that long adjusting slot on your picture.
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Just looking again at the photos, the middle one when you zoom in could read

    FMC 043 (presumably this shows manufacture in 1943- a guess)

    Which to me heightens the chance of it being a part of a Ford vehicle

    Also looking again at photos 2 & 3 they are definitely not Stainless Steel

    From photo 1 it looks adjustable but has the locking bolt, so possible part of the steering or suspension. Dave might know if it was part of the mechanism for retaining a machine gun on the top of a truck etc

  10. LH28

    LH28 Member

    I agree it could me FMCO 43 or FMC 043.

    I've added two more photos of the adjusting slot after I cleaned it a bit.
    IMG-20210205-WA0027.jpg IMG-20210205-WA0029.jpg
  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

  12. LH28

    LH28 Member

    No the material is quite thick, I can't bend it.
  13. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    It looks as though it might hold something apart, similar to the cross member across and engine but perhaps used for the suspension, but then it has that weak point that axial pressure along its length could collapse it


  14. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

  15. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Does a magnet stick to it? If it is aluminum it might be from an airplane.
    I've been surprised a couple of times when I found a part I was working with was aluminum.
  16. Trackfrower

    Trackfrower Member

    Is it part of a Bren tripod?
    Not seen one in ages, but there are 2 single tube parts.
    The 3rd leg and the raised AA mount.
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  17. LH28

    LH28 Member

    It is definitely not aluminium as it is also way to heavy. I really think it is stainless steel. Magnets do stick to it.
  18. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Wonder if it might be one of these.

    Said to be a .50 slaved to the main gun on a Sherman. Length adjustment to sight it in?

  19. LH28

    LH28 Member

    I can't seem to find much info about that. It also doesn't seem to have the 2 parts my item has which is exactly in the middle.
    Would be very cool of it actually is something to support a machine gun.

  20. LH28

    LH28 Member

    I think I finally found it. In this video at 7:26 they mount a Bren gun on top of the pole on a car.
    that's very cool!

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