Loading them without clips was a pain in 1938, just like today.
Ernest Hemingway on the lines with a Mosin-Nagant during the Spanish Civil War. Photo by Hemingway’s companion Robert Capa, dated November 5th, 1938. What better way to research a book than to actually join the war you are going to write about?
When in Russia, do as the Russians do.
German sentry in Russia with a captured Mosin-Nagant M91 rifle, WWI. Note the sling swivel on the front of the magazine, and the lack of sling slots in the stock – this is a pre-1908 rifle.
Why make our own guns when the Russians keep dropping perfectly good ones? (photo source: SA-Kuva)
Note the Mosin Nagant PE sniper on the wall, and the AVS-36 machine rifle peeking out from behind the man on the right in addition to the DP-28 LMG on the table.
German troops posing with a sampling of Maxim machine guns (photo courtesy Beryl Barnett)
From left to right, an MG08 on its sled mount, a captured Russian 1910 on a Vickers J tripod modified with wheels (and an MG08 blank adapter), a dummy MG08, and a blank-adapter MG08 on a German MG01 sled mount.
Grenade launchers galore! (photo from Drake Goodman – click to enlarge)
WWI German troops posing with a variety of grenade launchers.
Japanese (I think – maybe Chinese?) troops utilizing the ever-popular bicycle rest with a Type 11 LMG. Thanks to Ruy for the photo!
by Tom Laemlein
Lost in the shuffle of Germany’s automatic weapons of the World War II era is the Louis Stange-designed MG 30. Rejected by the Reichswehr, the MG 30 ended up in licensed production by Solothurn in Switzerland (as the S2-100) and also by Steyr in Austria.
MG30 side [...]
Plane’s broken, but the Maxim guns will still work! (photo from SA-Kuva)
Finnish troops salvaging Maxim guns from a downed Russian Polikarpov R5 bomber shot down near Suistamo, Finland.
Pup with ammo, coming through! (photo courtesy IWM)
Mark (a dog ammunition carrier) delivers ammo to a Bren gun team, Eastern Command 20 August 1941.
Finnish soldier with an LS-26 light machine gun, 1940.