Submachine Guns

The French MAS-38 SMG

May 4, 2017 Ian McCollum 29

The MAS-38 was France’s first officially adopted submachine gun, rushed into service in 1940. It was basically too late to help with the defense of France, with less than a thousand delivered by June 1940. […]

Bolt Action Rifles

Uruguay’s Forgotten Mauser: the Dovitiis

December 6, 2016 Ian McCollum 8

Uruguay’s Model 1871/94 Mauser conversions – known usually as either Daudetau or Dovitiis Mausers – are a really interesting story of arms history. It begins with Antonio Dovitiis, and Italian tailor and merchant of military […]

French soldiers in Chad in 1971
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Snipers in Shorts

October 22, 2016 Ian McCollum 33

The man in the front has an FR-F1, a French-issue sniper’s rifle roughly based on the MAS-36. The man others appear to have MAS 49/56 semiauto rifles. And of course, it wouldn’t be a desert […]

Vietnamese soldier in French service working on his MAT-49 SMG.
Submachine Guns

Vietnamese Guns for Algeria

October 18, 2016 Ian McCollum 39

I was pointed to this interesting snippet of a document about one particular shipment of arms to the Algerian rebels fighting French colonial occupation in the 1950s – from Vietnam. Can’t say I would have […]