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This image can be found on page 105 of Hard Rain: History of the Browning Machine Guns by Frank Iannamico. This book is a must have for any owner of a Browning 1919.
This photo was taken in January, 1943. The guns being packed are 1917A1s, but it is reasonable to assume that the 1919 was shipped in similar boxes. The style of construction is similar to my design. Note the end construction. I left out the top brace so as to leave room for handles, and these boxes have no skids. If you want an authentic shipping crate, make the necessary adjustments. I designed my crate with continuing use in mind, while still having a plausible military look.


To date, this is the only military transit chest to come to light, so far as I am aware. Please E-mail me if you have information regarding this type of chest.? It is utilitarian but well made in typical military style. It measures 44 1/2" long, 15" wide, and 19 1/2" deep. The top and bottom are made of plywood and the rest is made of pine planks. Most of the internal partitioning is missing. It appears to be large enough to store several weapons, or one weapon with mount and accessories, certainly big enough for a 1917A1 with mount, though which weapon it was intended for is still unknown. It is believed to be pre WW2.

Special thanks to Robert Chell for his generosity in providing photos and dimensions.

Unlike the shipping crates shown at the top of the page, this chest was built for long term repeated use. The top and side edges are wrapped in sheet metal and the corners are reinforced.

Bottom view.
The partitioning is largely missing. The interior is large enough to accommodate the weapon along with the mount and accessories.

View of back and corner.

Detail showing heavy hinge.

Detail reinforced corner and edge.

One of three hasp lid closures.