German Maschinengewehr 34 (MG34) Machinegun
 The MG34, introduced in 1934, was the mainstay of the Wehrmacht, and was a beautifully made weapon, but difficult to manufacture. It had a rate of fire of 800 to 900 rpm, and used the 7.92 x 57 mm Mauser shell.
 

 German Maschinengewehr 42 (MG42) Machinegun
 The MG42, called "Hitler's Buzz Saw", reputed to be the world's best machine gun, had an awesome rate of fire of 1200-1500 rpm, fired 7.92 x 57mm rounds. The "swoosh" sound of the MG42 firing, compared to the "rat-a-tat" of the MG34, was terrifying to Allied troops, many of whom took cover when hearing the sound of the devastating MG42. Current American M60 said to be derived from the MG42. The MG42 came out in 1942, was machine stamped, thus easier to manufacture than the MG34, and came with replacement barrels. See this weapon in the movies "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers", about the 101st Airborne Division.

 

 German Maschinengewehr 34-T (MG34-T) "Tanker"
 Used by Germany during World War 2 in tanks, with elimination of most ventilation holes in barrel jacket, the weapon could be used with bipod as infantry weapon in event of tank's destruction. 7.92 x 57 mm Mauser ammo, rate of fire 800-900 rpm. Quite a rare machine gun and few to be found today.

 

 German Maschinengewehr 13 (MG13) Machinegun
 The MG13 was a light machinegun constructed by rebuilding the old Dreyse gun left over after WW1. Used 7.92 x 57 mm Mauser shells, weight 24 lbs, 25 shot detachable side mounted box magazine, 650 rpm. Folding tubular metal stock with padded brace, metal bipod, carrying handle.When the superior MG34 became available in 1934 it replaced the MG13, which was thereafter sold to Portugal, who named it the M38, and utilized it until the late 1940 's.
 

 German Sturmgewehr 44 (MP44) Assault Rifle
 The MP44, world's first "assault rifle", was introduced in 1942, and is the predecessor of today's AK47 type weapon. Used 7.92 x 33 Kurz Patrone "short" rounds, and fired 500 to 600 rpm. Magazine capacity was 30 rounds.

 

German Maschinenpistole 40 (MP40) Submachinegun
 The most famous military submachine-gun of all time, the MP40 is usually called the "Schmeisser" although Hugo Schmeisser had nothing to do with design or manufacture. It was made by Erma-Werke, and was the first submachine-gun without a wooden stock. 9 x 19mm Parabellum, 32 shot magazine, 500rpm rate of fire, folding metal stock.

 

 German Maschinenpistole 38 (MP38) Submachinegun
 The German MP38 was the earlier version of the famous MP40, better made with less stampings than the later MP40. All other features identical to the MP40. One of the world's finest weapons, a role model to all later automatic weapons.

 

 German Maschinenpistole 34 (MP34) Submachinegun
 This weapon was made by Swiss Solothurn AG which was not equipped to produce in quantity, so manufacturing was turned over to Waffenfabrik Steyr, the old established Austrian gun maker. It was called the Solothurn S1-100, and was generally considered to be the 'Rolls Royce' of submachineguns. The 32 round detachable magazine was unique in that it had a socket above, below, and to the side of the barrel, affording the user choice of location. Fired 9 mm Mauser rounds, 500 rpm, weight 8 1/2 lbs. The weapon pictured above is engraved "1942", and was used by the Germans during WW2.

 German Maschinenpistole 41 (MP41) Submachinegun
 The MP41, manufactured by Haenel, was used by Germany's paramilitary police units, which had long been armed with wooden stocked MP28 's. The wooden stocks allowed the butts to be used as clubs in riot situations. The MP41 was identical to the MP40 in all respects other than the difference in stocks.
 

 German Maschinenpistole Erma (MPE) Submachinegun
 Designed by Heinrich Vollmer in the late 1920 's, the Erma was used until 1938 when replaced by the MP38. The MPE has a barrel jacket with long slots, a 32 shot detachable box magazine entering from the left, and a unique wooden pistol grip in the stock. The weapon was used in the Spanish Civil War, by the French Foreign Legion, and the German SS. 9 x19 mm Parabellum rounds, 500 rpm, weight 9 lbs.

 

 German Gewehr 98K Rifle
 The Mauser Gewehr 98 was the standard service rifle of the German army
from 1898 to 1945, serving through the two world wars, and was reputed to
be one of the finest military rifles ever produced. The weapon was reliable,
robust, and accurate, using 7.92 x 57 mm rounds in a 5 shot integral box
magazine. Weight, 9.1 lbs., length 49.4 inches. The weapon pictured above is
engraved 1944.

 

 Czech ZB26 Machinegun
 Manufactured by Brno Arms Factory after WW1, the ZB26 utilized a stainless steel piston and cylinder, easily changed barrel, 7.92 x 57mm Mauser, weight 21 lbs, 500 rpm,30 shot detachable magazine, served the German Army during WW2, and designated by Germans as the MG26.

 

 Czech VZ-62 Skorpion Machine Pistol
 The VZ-62, introduced in 1963, like the Mini-Uzi and the MAC-11, is a true machine pistol which proves that LESS IS MORE! Weighing only 2.87 lbs, this great little weapon fires 700 rpm, uses 7.65 mm short rounds (.32 ACP), 10 or 20 shot detachable box magazines, folding metal stocks. Easy to handle in confines of armored fighting vehicles, it discourages enemies from trying to use primitive but effective antitank techniques like those the Russians often employed in WW2 : pouring gasoline through the tank's vision ports!

 

 Czech MG37 (T) MMG Heavy Machinegun
 Introduced in 1937, in service through the 1960 's, the Czech Vz-37 was used by Germany during WW2 and designated the MG37 (T). Considered the finest shooting air cooled machine gun ever made. Used as a tank weapon by Britain and called The Besa, and in German tanks as well. 7.92 x 57 mm Mauser, rate of fire 700 rpm, weight 41 lbs. (feels like a ton!), 100 shot belt ammo.

 

 Danish Madsen Model 1950 Machinegun
 A remarkable gun in almost every way, it was the first light machinegun produced in quantity. Used by the Russian cavalry during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904, the same basic model was manufactured for over 50 years and saw service in innumerable wars. 7.62 mm, 450 rpm, 30 shot detachable gravity feed magazine. Metal bipod. The weapon pictured here is engraved "Property of the Chilean Army".

 

 Portugese FBP M/948 Submachinegun
 This weapon is a combination of features of the German MP40 and the American M3 "Grease Gun", and was designed by Major Cardoso of the Portugese Army. Extensive use was made of steel pressings, and the result was a reliable and inexpensive weapon. 9 mm Parabellum, 32 shot detachable box magazine, 500 rpm, weight 7.65 lbs.

 

 American M60E3 Machinegun
 The M60E3 is the U.S. Marines lightweight version of the M60, designed and put into service in the late 1950 's. Manufactured by Saco Defense Inc., this 7.62 x 51 mm weapon weighs 19 lbs, 4 lbs less than the M60 (called "The Pig" because of its 23 lbs weight), 550 rpm,disintegrating link belt feed system as used by the German MG42, bolt and locking system of the German FG42.

 

 American Thompson M1A1 Submachinegun
 The M1A1 was manufactured by Savage Arms Co. in WW2 and Korean War, and was popular with U.S.Rangers and Commandos. Used .45 calibre ammo, rate of fire 700 rpm.

 

 American M3 "Grease Gun" Submachinegun
 Rushed into production in 1942 by General Motors, the M3 was simple, cheap, (cost one tenth of that of the Thompson) and adequate. Fired .45 calibre rounds, 30 shot detachable box magazine, easily convertible to 9 mm Parabellum. 700,000 were made from 1942 to 1960. The single column magazine gave feed troubles throughout the life of the weapon, which was not as popular with WW2 troops as the Thompson and German MP40. Weight 8 lbs, 450 rpm, telescoping wire stock.

 

 American Reising Model 50 Submachinegun
 Designed by Eugene Reising in 1940, the Model 50 was produced until 1945, used mostly by the U.S. Marines in the Pacific theater during WW2. Manufactured by Harrington & Richardson Arms, .45 calibre, weight 6.7 lbs, 20 shot detachable box magazine, 550 rpm. The Reising was an ingenious design which fired from a closed bolt, but complicated, and proved entirely unsuitable for combat use as discovered by Marines in the Guadalcanal operation where most Marines jettisoned their Reisings for anything else they could find!

 

 American Browning Automatic Rifle M1918
 Commonly referred to as the BAR, this weapon was designed by John Browning and brought into service in WW1, utilized in WW2 as a standard squad light automatic. Used .30 calibre, 20 round magazine, weighed 18 1/2 pounds, rate of fire 500 rpm. Maufactured by Colt, Winchester, and Marlin-Rockwell. Interestingly, the BAR was the weapon of choice for Bonnie Parker of the infamous Bonnie & Clyde gang of the 1930's, mostly because of its great penetrating power. Bonnie Parker wanted a weapon whose firepower could penetrate the body of police cars.

 

 American M1 Garand Semiautomatic Rifle
 The Garand pictured above was made by Springfield Armory late in 1942, and is a distinguished weapon of which General George Patton said in 1945 "The M1 was the finest battle implement ever devised".The M1 was issued to all U.S. Infantry and Marines during WW2 and the Korean conflict, used .30 calibre rounds, and was fed by 8 round clips loaded from above. It weighed about 9 1/2 lbs., and the major drawback in wartime was the loud metallic sound made after the last round was fired and the metal clip ejected upwards, notifying the enemy that the weapon was empty!

 American M1 Semiautomatic Carbine
The M1 Carbine was the most prolific American weapon of WW2, about 6 million produced from 1941 to 1945. The one pictured above was made by Inland Division of General Motors, and its barrel is stamped "1944". It has a 15 round magazine, .30 caliber short, weighs 5 1/2 pounds, and is semi automatic in operation, excelling in short range combat. Used mostly by platoon and squad leaders. Very effective, light, efficient weapon, and was sought after for capture by German troops carrying heavy bolt-action K-98 rifles.

 American M16 Semiautomatic Assault Rifle
 The M16 was manufactured by Colt and others, extensively used plastics and alloys, and was virtually the world standard in its calibre, 5.56 x 45 mm. Used 20 round magazine, rate of fire 650-700 rpm, weighed only 6.3 lbs. Adopted Feb. 8, 1964 and used in Vietnam War from 1965 to 1974.
 

 Israeli Uzi Submachinegun
 Named after its inventor, Lt. Uziel Gal of the Israeli Army, the Uzi is brutally simple, easy to operate, and has become a national symbol in Israel.Armies on every continent have adopted it, including U.S. Special Forces. Was first designed in the early 1950 's and based upon the Czech CZ23 series. The magazine housing forms the pistol grip, and its short length is achieved by utilizing a wrap-around bolt. Uses 9 X 19mm Parabellum rounds, weighs 8 lbs, uses 32 shot detachable box magazine, fires 600 rpm. Folding metal, two piece stock

 

Japanese Type 99 Long Rifle with bayonet
 The Japanese Arisaka Type 99 Long Rifle was introduced to Japanese soldiers in 1939, and modeled after the worldfamous German Mauser. It was bolt action, used 7.7 x 57mm rounds in 5 shot internal box magazines, weighed 9.2 lbs., and contained a flimsy wire monopod under the stock. Overall length was 50" and was equipped with a long 16" bayonet. The above pictured weapon, made by Toyo Kogyo of Hiroshima, Japan, was found on the island of Okinawa during World War 2 .

 

 Russian PPSh Submachinegun
 The PPSh was an extremely hardy weaon, fired 7.62 x 25mm rounds. Its round magazine contained 71 shells. Rate of fire was 900 rpm.This sub machinegun was issued to almost every Russian inafantryman in WW2, and was sought after for capture by Germans due to large magazine capacity.

 

 Russian PPS43 Submachinegun
 This handsome weapon is remembered as a mainstay of the Russian Army in the Battle for Leningrad in WW2 against the Germans, and later was used by the Communists during the Korean War. 7.62 x 25mm, weight 7 lbs, 35 shot detachable magazine, 650 rpm, folding metal stock.

 

 Russian Degtyarev DP Light Machinegun
 The DP, adopted by the Red Army in 1928 after two years of trials, was extremely simple yet robust, and remained Russia's standard light machinegun until the 1950 's, surviving today in Eastern Bloc countries and Asia. The distinctive flat pan magazine drum held 47 rounds of 7.62 x54mm, rate of fire 500-600rpm, weight 20 lbs.

 

 Russian Mosin-Nagant Model 1891 Rifle
 Designed by the Belgian brothers Nagant and Russian Imperial Artillery Capt. Mosin, this bolt action rifle served troops of the Tsar and after the revolution the Red Army until 1945, being the first small calibre high velocity Russian rifle. Used 7.62 mm, 5 round integral box magazine, weighed 9.7 lbs; the above pictured weapon was brought back to the US by one of General Patton's troops during WW2, and has a 1924 stamp on it. This type of weapon, with a telescopic sight, was used by the famous WW2 Russian sniper, Vassili Zaitsev, who finally killed Germany's top sniper in the battle of Stalingrad. "Enemy at the Gates" is an exciting movie made about this incident!

 

 Russian AK47 Assault Rifle
 The AK47, introduced in 1947 by Mikhail Kalashnikov, is the world's most successful and most widely distributed military rifle. It was designed during WW2 after the German MP44, the world's first assault rifle. 7.62 x 39 mm, weight 9 1/2 lbs,30 shot detachable box magazine, 600 rpm. More than 50 million AK47 's have been manufactured, many still in use globally. The weapon is extremely robust, reliable and is used in all climatic conditions.
 

 British Bren Mark 1 Light Machinegun
 The Bren Mark 1, introduced in 1938, was considered by many to be the world's finest light machinegun, and served during WW2 on all fronts. It was reliable, robust, simple, and accurate.The Bren eminated from Czech origin, replacing the Lewis gun. Manufactured by Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield Lock, Middlesex, the Bren used .303 calibre cartridges, weighed 22 lbs.,500 rpm, 30 shot detachable box magazine.

 

 British Sten Mk 3 Submachinegun
 Adopted in 1941 as a submachine-gun for British Army and RAF, the Sten (Shepherd, Turpin, & Enfield) fired 9 x 19mm Parabellum rounds, rate of fire 600 rpm, magazine capacity 50 shots. The weapon was light, easy to manufacture, and popular with Commandos. An interesting historical fact on this weapon is that on May 27, 1942, during WW2, two Czech undercover agents dispatched by British SOE to assassinate the infamous Nazi SS Group Leader, Reinhard Heidrich, in Prague, used a Sten and a tank grenade to attack Heidrich's open Mercedes. The Czech with the Sten aimed it at Heidrich and the weapon JAMMED! Heidrich immediately opened fire with his P38 pistol at the two agents. The second agent threw his tank grenade, which exploded in the gutter near the Mercedes, wounding Heidrich, who died four days later of blood poisoning caused by pieces of exploded horsehair upholstery entering his Spleen!

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 British Lee-Enfield No.1, Mk.3 Rifle
 Enfield rifles were first introduced in 1895, and saw action in both world wars. Rounds were .303 calibre, featuring a 10 shot detachable box magazine. Weight, 8.1 lbs. The Enfield was a dependable, reliable weapon, and was Britain's mainstay for many generations.

 

 British Lanchester Submachinegun
 In 1940 the British forces desperately needed a submachine-gun, so copied the German MP28, an old standard designed by Schmeisser, and called the result the Lanchester. 9 x 19mm Parabellum, 600 rpm, 50 shot magazine.

 

 Italian Beretta 38A Submachinegun
 The 38A was designed in 1935 by Tullio Maregoni of Beretta, the world's oldest weapons manufacturer, was reworked in 1938 as a selective-fire weapon, and produced until 1950. These weapons were used during WW2 by the Italians, Germans, and Rumanians, seeing extensive service especially in North Africa and Russia. The 38A fires 9mm Parabellum, has 30 round clip, rate of fire 600 rpm.Utilizes 2 triggers, front for single shots and rear for automatic. The gun is still popular today with Italian police.

 

 Belgian Vigneron SMG Submachinegun
Developed after WW2, the SMG saw service in the Simba Rebellion in the Belgian Congo and later in Vietnam. 9 x 19mm Parabellum, 500rpm, finned  barrel, pullout wire stock, 32 shot magazine similar to German MP40.
 

 

 

 German Mauser C96,7.63mm

 German Walther P-38, 9mm
 The C96 was invented in 1894, and widely used by Germany in WW1. A distinctive looking weapon, it was sold by Mauser over the years to many countries.  The P-38 was the standard issue sidearm for German WW2 officers, featured a double action trigger mechanism, and was a marvelous weapon.

 

 

German Luger, 9mm

German Walther PPK,7.65
 This weapon, often called the Parabellum, was originated in 1898, and served Germany through both world wars, eventually being replaced by the Walther P-38. The Luger is probably the best remembered handgun ever utilized by Germany, and usually the weapon people recall most often when considering German arms.  The PPK was compact, and thus popular as a Gestapo and police weapon for Germany during WW2. Adolf Hitler owned 2, (a 9mm and a 7.65mm) one engraved with the initials "AH", and along with a cyanide capsule used his 7.65mm PPK to commit suicide by shooting himself in his right temple on April 30, 1945. The PPK was later made popular by Ian Fleming, whose character, James Bond, carried one replacing his favored Beretta.

 

U.S. Colt Government 1911

Japanese Nambu Model 14
 .45 calibre, 7-round detachable box magazine, weight almost 3 lbs,made by scores of manufacturers, dates from 1911, and used throughout WW2 by officers and NCO's. Firing a 230 grain bullet at 860 ft. per second, the 1911 Colt was the most powerful weapon in war service. As a man-stopper it was without parallel. The impact of over 300 ft.lbs. on any part of the body guaranteed disablement! The Colt story of all Colt stories happened in Oct. 1918, during WW1, when American Corporal Alvin York, after shooting a machine gun team with a rifle, rounded up 132 German prisoners and marched them into captivity at the point of an M1911!  The model number indicates its adoption in the 14th year of the Taisho reign, or 1925, and was used by Japanese officers throughout WW2. Used 8mm, 8-round detachable box magazine, which when empty was exteremely difficult to remove. This particular weapon is a "Kiska Model", a Taisho 14 with an extra large trigger guard to allow using it with gloved hands. The late British Lt. Col. R.K. Wilson, RA, while fighting in Burma, encountered an unfortunate Japanese officer who having emptied his pistol at the approaching British, was shot dead while vainly attempting to remove his empty magazine!

 
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