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SIG KE-7 Light Machine Gun

July 27, 2011 Ian McCollum 6

The KE-7 was the product of two Swiss designers, Pal de Kiraly and Gotthard End, and was introduced in 1929 by the Swiss manufacturer SIG. It was a recoil operated design and fired from an […]

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Czech ZB-30 Manuals

July 20, 2011 Ian McCollum 2

After a few year of production, the ZB26 was given an overhaul and redesignated the ZB30. The two designs look externally very similar – the only distinctive way to tell them apart is the addition […]

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Czech ZB-26 manuals

July 18, 2011 Ian McCollum 2

The Holek brothers began what would ultimately become a very successful light machine gun design in 1923 with the production of a prototype gun. It was refined over the next several years and adopted by […]

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Heavy MGs

Polish Hotchkiss M1914

July 4, 2011 Ian McCollum 3

After regaining its independence in 1918, Poland had a variety of weapons available to its armed forces, including the Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun. The Hotchkiss fed from 30-round feed strips, and was gas operated and […]

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Spanish Ameli LMG

June 17, 2011 Ian McCollum 6

One of the less well known firearms in the roller-locked family of designs is the Spanish Ameli (a contraction of “Ametralladora ligera”), or “Special Purpose Assault Machinegun”. Developed in the late 1970s by CETME, the […]

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Madsen Light machine gun

June 13, 2011 Ian McCollum 5

The Madsen was the first successful light machine gun, entering production in 1902. It saw much use, but was an unusual design – basically a fully automatic falling block action. It used a top mounted […]

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T12 Light machine gun

June 10, 2011 Ian McCollum 1

We don’t have very much information on the T12 – it was an experimental US belt-fed light machine gun in the early 1930s, with a flapper locking system similar to the DP series of LMGs. […]

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Russian NSV .50 manual

May 6, 2011 Ian McCollum 1

We’re getting a fairly thorough collection of Russian weapon manuals collected in the Vault, and here’s another one that’s a bit less common. The NSV was the .50 caliber heavy machine gun chosen by the […]

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Lewis Gun Manual

May 4, 2011 Ian McCollum 0

Since I mentioned one of its contemporaries in the last post, I think this would be a good time to take a look at the Lewis gun. It was designed by an American (Colonel Isaac […]

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Huot Automatic Rifle

May 1, 2011 Ian McCollum 12

It seems that armies are always short of weaponry when major conflicts light up, and creative solutions are often the result. Canada during the First World War is a good example. They had a serious […]