German soldiers with captured American arms
Semiauto Rifles

Vintage Saturday: More Spoils

December 10, 2016 Ian McCollum 60

German soldiers with captured American small arms, circa 1944. The other guy’s stuff is always better than yours, right? Well, I would rather have an M1 than a K98k, but the Thompsons? No thanks. Interesting […]

Vietnamese soldier in French service working on his MAT-49 SMG.
Submachine Guns

Vietnamese Guns for Algeria

October 18, 2016 Ian McCollum 39

I was pointed to this interesting snippet of a document about one particular shipment of arms to the Algerian rebels fighting French colonial occupation in the 1950s – from Vietnam. Can’t say I would have […]

Prototype

Thompson SMG in 30 Carbine (Video)

October 17, 2016 Ian McCollum 63

When the US military released a request for what would become the M1 Carbine in 1940, the Auto-Ordnance Corporation offered up a Thompson submachine gun simply rechambered for the new .30 Carbine cartridge. This entailed […]

Biafran troops, circa 1968
Heavy MGs

Vintage Saturday: Short-Lived Nation

August 6, 2016 Ian McCollum 133

The Republic of Biafra was supported by Czechoslovakia during its brief existence, and the men here are equipped with a Czech ZB-53 machine gun and what appears to be a CZ-47 or CZ-247 submachine gun.

Aircraft MGs

M1915 Villar Perosa Video

August 5, 2016 Ian McCollum 39

The Villar Perosa is one of the first small machine guns developed and used by a military force. It was designed in Italy and introduced in 1915 as an aircraft weapon, to be used in […]

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Prototype

BSA 1926 & 1929 Thompson SMGs

May 11, 2016 Ian McCollum 33

In the early days of the Thompson Submachine Gun, the Auto-Ordnance Company was looking for customers globally. General John Thompson had personally run a demonstration of the gun in England in June of 1921, which […]

Prototype

RIA: Thompson T2 Submachine Gun Prototype

April 26, 2016 Ian McCollum 45

The T2 submachine gun was Auto-Ordnance’s entry into the ongoing competition to replace the classic Thompson submachine gun with something more economical to produce. It was a closed-bolt, select-fire design using a progressive trigger and […]