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Medium MGs

French AA-52

June 25, 2012 Ian McCollum 16

The AA-52 was adopted to replace the Chatellerault light machine gun in French military service in 1952. The AA52 is rather unusual in being a rifle-caliber (7.5×54 French, specifically) machine gun using a lever-delayed blowback […]

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Light MGs

Bren 100-round Drum

June 22, 2012 Ian McCollum 19

The Bren light machine gun is far from a forgotten weapons, but some of the accessory bits that were used with it are pretty rare today. The 100-round drum magazine issued for anti-aircraft use are […]

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Submachine Guns

Benelli CB-M2 Caseless SMG

June 20, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

The Benelli CB-M2 was a submachine gun designed in the early 1980s around an experimental semi-caseless 9mm cartridge developed by Franchi. The gun itself looks fairly typical, with conventional controls, a bottom-mounted magazine, and polymer […]

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Heavy MGs

Swedish Kulspruta m/36

June 15, 2012 Ian McCollum 5

The Swedish military started using the Browning machine gun design shortly after World War I, and chose it initially because its closed-bolt design made it simple to synchronize with an aircraft propeller. About 170 commercial […]

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Submachine Guns

Franchi LF-57

June 8, 2012 Ian McCollum 14

The LF57 was the first production submachine gun made by the Italian Franchi company. It was introduced (as you might expect) in 1957, and was adopted by the Italian Navy a few years later, in […]

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Submachine Guns

Italian FNA-B43 Submachine Gun

June 6, 2012 Ian McCollum 1

The FNA-B43 (Fabbrica Nazionale d’Armie) was developed in Brescia, Italy during World War II. The Beretta M38 series of submachine guns were serving very well, but the volume of guns demanded by the war allowed […]

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Heavy MGs

ABC’s of Machine Guns

May 14, 2012 Ian McCollum 1

Here’s another neat manual – A.B.C du Mitrailleu – the ABCs of Machine Guns. This was published in 1917 (the fifth edition, anyway) in French, and does a nice job showing all the most useful […]

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Light MGs

English Villar Perosa Manual

May 4, 2012 Ian McCollum 8

We found an English language manual for the Italian M1915 Villar Perosa – the predecessor of all submachine guns. It includes a bunch or interesting photos, as well as a good description of the gun. […]