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Vintage Saturday: Testing

This rifle is too light and svelte. Let’s wait 50 years until it gets popular again with a couple pounds more rail.

West German soldier test firing a Dutch-made Armalite AR-10 (designated G4) during trial at Meppen in 1957. It lost out to the G1 FAL, which in turn was replaced by the H&K [...]

Vintage Saturday: (not) SNLF

Some of the very few Japanese troops to be issued submachine guns.

Japanese SNLF marines Chinese troops with SIG M1920 submachine guns. The SIG M1920 was a licensed copy of the German MP18/I, and SIG sold them to Japan in 7.63mm Mauser caliber. They were used by the Special Naval Landing Forces, as well [...]

Vintage Saturday: Winter Watch

I bet they’re pretty cold even under those fur coats (click to enlarge)

Bulgarian troops in the First World War, with fixed bayonets on a Steyr M95 rifle and carbine.

Vintage Saturday: Trench Mag

He has to stay on guard duty, so his mates came to him for the group photo (picture from Drake Goodman – click to enlarge)

German sentry in the trenches during September 1916 with a periscope and a Gewehr 98 equipped with an extended 20-round trench magazine.

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Vintage Saturday: Deadly Beard

Is the beard an extension of the hat, or is the hat an extension of the beard? We will never know.

Momčilo Đujić, Chetnik commander during WWII – armed with a Yugoslav-contract ZB-30J light machine gun. (photo from Last Stand on Zombie Island)

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Vintage Saturday: Far From Home II

Congratulations on your status as French colony, Senegal! Now we’re going to take you to a freezing European forest to fight Germans.

Senegalese Free French soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, armed with a British Bren and an American 1903 Springfield. The helmets are American ones, emblazoned with the anchor emblem [...]

Vintage Saturday: Marines on Crete

Italian marines at Sitia, on the east end of Crete, armed with M38 Carcano rifles and an M37 Breda heavy machine gun.

Vintage Saturday: Tonight’s Raid

And the target for tonight’s raid is… (photo from SA-Kuva)

Finnish soldiers with m/31 Suomi submachine guns (and a pinup photo).

Vintage Saturday: Island Hopping

Enemy ammo crate make the best shooting positions.

American Marine aiming an M1 Garand on Iwo Jima. Note the WW1-style trench knife tucked in behind his canteen.

Vintage Saturday: Bigger is Better

Das ist was sie sagte! (photo source)

The German WWI light minenwerfer worked so well that it was scaled up to a medium-sized version. And then a heavy version. And then the very heavy 38cm version.