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Vintage Saturday: Tacticool Suomi

Bipod? Check.Vertical forward grip? Check.Shoulder thing that goes up? Check.Drum magazine? Check.All it needs is a laser sight!

Finnish soldiers, photo found by Leszek at the Finnish Winter War Archive. The fellow on the left has a holstered Lahti L35 pistol, while the gent on the right has an early Suomi m/31 SMG.


Argentine Halcon SMG Family

We have a reprint of an article on the Argentine Halcon SMG written by Ronaldo Olive today, originally published in Gun Tests in the early 90s. These are pretty tough guns to find information on (especially for us norteamericanos), and Ronaldo has done an excellent job of explaining the different models and their development – [...]

Atmed SMG and an Arisaka Addendum

First up today, we have some additional information on the scaled-down Arisaka trainer from our video on Monday. Teri from Nambu World gave us some more details (thanks, Teri and Chip!) that we would like to share. The rifles were actually made by the Nambu company, starting in 1927 and running into the early 1930s. [...]

Polish Resistance Sten Copy

To wrap up our week of semi-mystery guns, we have today a Sten gun copy made by the Polish Resistance. The gun’s owner didn’t have any details about its origin, and I have been unable to find any reference to it either. The gun is marked on the trigger housing and receiver endcap “BATHAU [...]

Argentine Halcon SMG

We don’t have very much information on the Halcon SMG from Argentina, but we do have a training manual for the gun to make available. As best I can tell there were at least 5 variants of the Halcon, which were made from 1943 until 1960. These include both 9mm and .45 ACP versions, with [...]

Daniels Rapid-Fire Carbine

We had a reader send us some photos of an odd submachine gun that he was looking for more information on. Well, it’s a new one to me – perhaps someone reading this knows more about the history of the piece?

It appears to be a copy of the Bergman MP18, and the magazine well [...]

Croatian Šokac SMG

Today’s gun was made quite recently, but also pretty obscure – I had not heard of it until Michael Heidler sent us this description and set of photos:

Improvised firearms and mines dominated the early stages of the struggle for an independent Croatia in the early 1990s. In the absence of appropriate equipment, machinery and [...]

Vintage Saturday: The Owen Gun Dance

Yep, this is exactly the dance I would do if I got an Owen Gun (click for full size)

Thanks to Mike S. for the photo!

Additional Photos: Orita

I had a different post planned for today, but Michael Heidler sent me some additional photos of the recently-discussed Orita submachine guns that ought to be shared. They are both of the second model, but have slightly different grip safety styles:

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Thanks Michael!

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The Australian Owen SMG

We shot this video a while back, and it’s not as complete as I would like – but it’s still a good intro to a post on the Australian Owen SMG…

(and yes, I misspoke when I said that the Sten didn’t have a semi setting – semiauto was actually fairly common on submachine [...]