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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 […]

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Sidewinder SMG Photos

December 23, 2015 Ian McCollum 42

The Sidewinder is a rather unusual submachine gun designer by Sidney McQueen in the mid 1960s. His objective was to create a weapon which could be fired one-handed with the firepower of a submachine gun […]

Conversion

Beretta M1918 SMG Photos

October 23, 2015 Ian McCollum 20

The Beretta M1918 was one of two simultaneous efforts to turn the M1915 Villar-Perosa machine gun into a more practical weapon. The Officine Villar Perosa (who had manufactured the 1915 gun in the first place) […]

Ammunition

Thompson Riot Ammo at James D Julia

October 4, 2015 Ian McCollum 38

Did you know that the Peters company made ammunition specifically for riot control for the Thompson submachine gun in the 1920s? And it wasn’t rubber bullets, either – it was paper-wrapped snakeshot. The cartridges were […]

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Vintage Saturday: Classi Alpini

August 15, 2015 Ian McCollum 54

Italian Alpini posing for a photograph with a nice selection of Italian small arms – 1934 or 35 Beretta pistols, Beretta 38 submachine gun, and a 1935 model Fiat-Revelli machine gun.