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Aircraft MGs

Quad MG81 Anti-Aircraft Mount

August 6, 2014 Ian McCollum 24

by Tom Laemlein As World War II progressed, the Luftwaffe looked to increase firepower wherever possible, from deploying large-caliber air weapons or increasing the rate of fire with smaller, rifle-caliber weapons. Such is the case […]

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Aircraft MGs

German Machine Gun Nomenclature

January 8, 2014 Ian McCollum 27

One would think that Germany, of all places, would have a logical and consistent system for identifying service machine guns. Any yet we see things like the WWI MG08/15 and the WWII MG15. What gives? […]

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Aircraft MGs

MG17 Belt Feed Mechanism

January 3, 2014 Ian McCollum 20

The MG17 is one of the lesser-known German machine guns used in WWII, used for aircraft armament. Mechanically, the MG17 is basically the same as the MG15 ground gun, but with some aircraft-specific features like […]

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Aircraft MGs

Turkish Manual for the Colt MG40

June 28, 2013 Ian McCollum 3

I recently found this in a private library, and I believe it’s the first Turkish-language manual I’ve come across. It’s dated 1936, and although the cover illustration shows a 1917 type water cooled gun, the […]

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Aircraft MGs

Richard Wray Machine Gun Auction Followup

April 30, 2013 Ian McCollum 23

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 […]

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Accessories

Hythe Gun Camera

February 8, 2013 Ian McCollum 11

Training aircraft gunners has always been a task requiring some creativity, as it requires a lot more than just a paper target for an infantryman to blast away at. In the very early years of […]

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Aircraft MGs

Russian ShKAS Aerial Gun

January 9, 2013 Ian McCollum 25

The Russian ShKAS (Shpitalny-Komaritsky Aircraft High-Speed Machine Gun) is a machine gun design form the 1930s that doesn’t receive nearly enough attention. It was the result of a need by the Soviet air force for […]