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 […]

Submachine Guns

RIA: MP3008 Sten Copy

February 4, 2016 Ian McCollum 66

The MP 3008, aka Gerät Neumünster, was one of two German efforts to copy the British Sten gun. The first was the Gerät Potsdam (“gerät” meaning device or project; basically project code name), which was […]