Traffic stop leads to collection of rare full-autos in Kentucky town
By Chris Eger
The presence of several apparent German belt-fed machine guns left one commenter to note, the driver “was on his way to defend Normandy from the Allies.” (Photos: FCSO)
Law enforcement officers in Western Kentucky stopped a vehicle for an infraction that led to some seriously interesting collectible guns and possible federal weapons charges.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies made a traffic stop in the small Mississippi River town of Hickman last week and found 2.6 grams of “suspected” methamphetamine — with a street value of less than $200 — as well as firearms “suspected to be fully automatic.”
A search of the driver’s home produced more firearms and ammunition including another eight weapons listed by authorities as being fully-auto.
The photos show what appears to be a number of German WWII-pattern machine guns to include an MG34 and a pair of MG42s as well as parts for others. Besides these early roller-locked LMG/GPMGs, there are HK-pattern MP5 parts, several Thompson submachine guns in both M1928 and M1 variants, and an MP40 sub gun that looks to have had its barrel amputated. Of course, the images are not very high resolution and lots of the items look questionable, which could point to anything