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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. […]

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Submachine Guns

MGD / Erma PM9

May 2, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

The PM9 was an interesting an unique submachine gun designed by Louis Debuit for the French firm Merlin and Gerin (hence the MGD name – Merlin, Gerin, Debuit) in the late 1940s and early 50s. […]

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Bayonet Bipod

May 1, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

So last Friday, we posted a copy of an old World War I French machine gun booklet. Not anything particularly exotic – it was only talking about the main machine guns that were in common […]

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Submachine Guns

Beretta M1938 Family

April 23, 2012 Ian McCollum 2

The Beretta M1938 submachine gun was designed by Beretta engineer Tulio Marengoni as an improvement on the earlier M1918 design (which was in turn based on the Villar Perosa). Developed during the mid 1930s, the […]

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Heavy MGs

Model 1917 Machine Gun Cart

April 13, 2012 Ian McCollum 8

Are you looking for a good gift for the gun nut in your life who already has everything? Or perhaps you are the gun nut with everything, and you need a new project to undertake? […]

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Light MGs

FN Model D (BAR)

April 4, 2012 Ian McCollum 4

The FN Model D was the most fully developed variant of the venerable Browning Automatic Rifle. Introduced in 1932 by Fabrique Nationale (with whom Browning had collaborated extensively prior to his death in 1926), the […]

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Light MGs

Japanese Type 11 Nambu LMG

March 30, 2012 Ian McCollum 6

Kojiro Nambu, one of Japan’s most prolific arms designers, developed the Type 11 light machine gun as an adaptation of his previous Type 3 HMG design. The Type 11 uses a distinctive hopper feed, and […]

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Submachine Guns

Bergmann MP32 photos

March 26, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

We have a gallery of photos not of a Bergmann MP32 submachine gun, to add to the manuals already posted on the Bergmann MP32 page in the Vault: The bolt handle on the MP32 does […]

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Light MGs

French 1923 LMG Trials Report

March 21, 2012 Ian McCollum 2

In 1923, the French military held a light machine gun trial to choose a weapon to replace the CSRG Chauchat. The trials involved weapons evaluations both by an expert committee and by 9 regiments testing […]