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German

Gerat 06H

January 14, 2011 Ian McCollum 0

If you look at a Gerat 06H and squint really hard, you can almost see and HK91. Ok, only if you have some imagination – but the two are intimately related. The Gerat (“Device”) 06H […]

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Semiauto Rifles

More Breda PG photos

January 5, 2011 Ian McCollum 0

The Breda PG was one of the first rifles we had in the Vault, but now we’ve found some much better pictures of one. Instead of vintage black-and-white, we now have color! You can find […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Mauser 1905/06 semiauto rifle

December 24, 2010 Ian McCollum 1

The Mauser brothers are best known for their bolt action rifles and automatic pistols, but Paul Mauser worked on a semiauto military rifle as well. His design was a long-recoil action, and was not ultimately […]

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Semiauto Rifles

US Bommarito semiauto rifle

December 22, 2010 Ian McCollum 0

The Bommarito was one of the many rifle designs sent to the US Ordnance Department when they announced a search for a capable autoloading rifle for the US Army. It was not one of the […]

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Prototype

British .308 Sterling prototype

December 20, 2010 Ian McCollum 11

Here’s an interesting piece – a British prototype 7.62mm rifle based on the Sterling submachine gun. We don’t have much information about it, but that is definitely an FAL magazine and a Sterling grip and […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Luger self-loading rifle

December 17, 2010 Ian McCollum 2

Not to be confused with the various models of Luger carbines produced in 9x19mm, this is an experimental self-loading rifle designed by Georg Luger for the German military. It uses the same toggle-lock action as […]

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Patent drawings

Mondragon Rifle

December 14, 2010 Ian McCollum 1

The Mondragon rifle, designed by Mexican Manuel Mondragon, was the first semiauto rifle adopted by a national military. It was not particularly successful beyond passing that bar, but it did show the way of things […]