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Book Review: Firearm Anatomy I – Thompson M1A1 Submachine Gun

One of the questions I have gotten quite a few times is what resource I would recommend for folks who are interested in the technical engineering aspects of firearms design. It’s always been a tough question, because apart from Chinn’s multi-volume work (which is crazy expensive to buy in print now, although it is available [...]

Vintage Saturday: Checkpoint Tommy

Welcome to guard duty. Shoot anyone unauthorized who tries to get through. Oh, and you can’t have your weapon loaded.

British soldier with a fancy new (unloaded) Sterling submachine gun manning a checkpoint in post-war occupied Germany.


Czech vz.61 Photos and Catalog

Thanks to reader Denny, we have some more information on the Czech vz.61 “Skorpion” PDW, including pages from a CZ catalog advertising three different versions of the gun for sale. These three variants are:

vz.61 – the original version, in .32ACP (7.65mm) feeding from curved 10- and 20-round magazines. Has select-fire capability. vz.83 – a [...]

Book Review: The Fighting Submachine Gun, Machine Pistol, and Shotgun

I’ve really enjoyed spending this summer shooting some unusual old guns in “practical” type matches, both because it’s simply a lot of fun to do, and because I think it can really help give some insight into how those older guns actually performed in combat. Well, it turns out (not very surprisingly) that I’m not [...]

Original Mendoza HM-3

Mexico has more of a history of domestic arms design and production than many people expect – from the many designs of Manuel Mondragon to Rafael Mendoza’s light machine guns, the Trejo machine pistols, and the recently developed FX-05 Xiuhcoatl combat rifle. Another indigenous Mexican firearm still in current production is the Mendoza HM-3 submachine [...]

Experimental MP38(L)

Michael Heidler has again come up with a one-of-a-kind German firearm, and sent us this writeup. This time, it is an experimental variation on the MP38 submachine gun. Thanks, Michael!

The German experimental light-weight submachine gun MP38(L)

by Michael Heidler One would imagine that everything about German submachine guns of World War Two has already [...]

San Diego Destinations and a Mystery SMG

First up, it looks like I’m going to be traveling to San Diego for the week of July 21st – does anyone know of a museum in the area with a good small arms collection to check out? Or alternatively, do you have a cool collection that you would like to share with the Forgotten [...]

French MAS-38 SMG

In the early 1930s, France adopted a new standard pistol and a new cartridge to go with it – the MAS 1935 and the 7.65x20mm, closely patterned on the us M1918 Pedersen Device cartridge. They were well acquainted with the 9×19, but as always the French military marched to the slightly offbeat tempo of it’s [...]

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 – [...]