Today’s article is another guest piece from Michael Heidler, author of several very useful books for the collector. This time, he is taking a look at the Italian TZ-45 submachine gun, and it’s unusual implementation of a magazine safety:
The TZ-45: Italy’s Late-War SMG with a Special Safety
by Michael Heidler
Italy and [...]
The M47 Madsen “Lightweight Military Rifle” was the last military bolt action rifle designed to be a primary infantry rifle, and it is a bit hard to see just who Madsen thought they could sell it to. The rifle was designed in the late 1940s and was available for sale in 1951, evidently marketed [...]
Can’t you just see these zipping around piles of burning tires in the streets of Copenhagen?
Yep, it’s a 20mm Madsen automatic cannon – circa 1936. And check out that bull bar in front!
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We’re happy to have another article by Ronaldo Olive today (reprinted with his permission – and originally found in Harris Publications’ SPECIAL WEAPONS FOR MILITARY & POLICE, 1991) – this time on the INA 953, Brazil’s domestic variant of the Madsen submachine gun. Many folks don’t recognize the great amount of interest weapons history and [...]
We have a gallery of photos not of a Bergmann MP32 submachine gun, to add to the manuals already posted on the Bergmann MP32 page in the Vault:
The bolt handle on the MP32 does not reciprocate when firing. To manually bring the bolt back, you rotate the handle 90 [...]
We spotted this interesting gun at SAR West 2011. It’s actually a parts kit, as the sides of the receiver have been chopped up and discarded. But the remaining pieces make for a very interesting examination. It’s a belt-fed Madsen light machine gun intended for use in tanks and armored vehicles (it has a solid, [...]