Conversion

Beretta M1918 SMG Photos

October 23, 2015 Ian McCollum 19

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 […]

Italian Alpini posing for a photograph
Handgun

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.

Slow motion

Czech Sa vz. 26 SMG (Video)

August 10, 2015 Ian McCollum 60

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 […]

Prototype

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 […]

Slow motion

Walther MPL (Video)

July 13, 2015 Ian McCollum 36

The Walther MP was an all-stamped submachine gun developed in the late 1950s, and available in long (MPL) and short (MPK) versions. It is an open-bolt, blowback design, but uses a somewhat innovative bolt in […]