Well, the officer in charge isn’t, anyway
Greek soldiers practicing antiaircraft fire with a model 1926 Hotchkiss LMG – note the AA extension on the tripod. Thank to Di for the photo!
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So, the auction of the late Richard Wray’s machine gun collection (see previous post) was yesterday, with the non-NFA guns being auctioned today. The final prices are interesting to look at, with some wallet-wrenchingly high and some great deals – at least for folks who are into the unusual.
Basically, the key was to be [...]
Bad news, Marino – you’re shipping out to the Eastern Front. And worse news; we’re giving you a Breda.
Italian soldiers on the Russian Front, with a Breda M30 machine gun and a Carcano carbine. Thanks to Max Popenker for the photo!
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For a while now I’ve been following the rabbit hole of machine gun use in the second half of the 19th century – the days of the manually-operated machine gun (Gatling, Gardner, Nordenfelt, etc) and the early days of the Maxim. The persistent question is, why didn’t anyone seem to recognize the military potential of [...]
MG 08/15 on naval mount, 1940
Thanks to Beryl Barnett for the photo – the label on the back reads (translated from German):
Flemish channels under the protection of the German Navy. Fast and armed boats are employed, which provide the daily patrols along the canals. 7.12.40
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This guy doesn’t look all that impressed with his Johnson LMG…
Forcemen of 5-2, First Special Service Force, with an M1941 Johnson light machine gun on the Anzio beachhead, Italy, April 1944. They are in the process of disassembling (or reassembling) the gun. Thanks to Michael G. for sending the photo!
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Not too long ago, a pretty serious machine gun collector named Richard Wray passed away, and his estate is auctioning off his collection, which includes 80-odd transferable machine guns – nearly all of them very interesting historical pieces.
I won’t get into my personal thoughts on the merits of leaving one’s collection to the auction [...]
The Black Watch…on watch
A soldier of the Black Watch stands (well, sits) guard with a Lewis LMG. Thanks to reader Michael G. for the photo (and many others)!
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If you think about it for a minute, it suddenly seems odd that there aren’t any military surplus loading tools out there for DP28/DPM pan magazines. At least, that was my reaction when our friend Hrachya sent us a copy of a 1937 Soviet manual for just such a loader. There are loading tools out [...]
Italy has produced some fine guns, but they also have a pretty impressive collection of really poorly thought out ones, like the Fiat-Revelli M1914 and the 1915 Villar Perosa. The latter was basically a very simple delayed blowback, open-bolt 9mm Glisenti submachine gun mounted in tandem with a bipod and spade grips. It wasn’t really [...]