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 […]


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) […]


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 […]

Italian Alpini posing for a photograph

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.

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Czech Sa vz. 26 SMG (Video)

August 10, 2015 Ian McCollum 61

The Czech Samopal vz. 26 was one of a family of submachine guns (the vz 23-26) that pioneered the use of bolts telescoped out forward over the barrel, allowing guns to have much better ratios […]


Furrer M1919 Double-Barrel SMG

July 31, 2015 Ian McCollum 21

  We have looked at one of Adolf Furrer’s M1919 submachine guns before, but this one is a much different implementation. The model 1919 Furrer designed was basically a chassis for converting a Luger pistol […]