First up today, we have some additional information on the scaled-down Arisaka trainer from our video on Monday. Teri from Nambu World gave us some more details (thanks, Teri and Chip!) that we would like to share. The rifles were actually made by the Nambu company, starting in 1927 and running into the early 1930s. [...]
In many countries prior to WWII, it was not uncommon to begin preparing children for military service at fairly young ages, and several countries produces small-scale rifles for training boys who could not yet handle full-size weapons. These include France and Italy (with miniaturized Lebel and Carcano rifles), and also the Empire of Japan. Today [...]
Today’s article comes to us from, Christopher Bailey, who is particularly interested in finding information and photos of these kinds of antitank weapons. He is especially interested in high-quality photos, both period and modern. If you have access to that type of information, please let us know and we will put you in contact with [...]
So, the auction of the late Richard Wray’s machine gun collection (see previous post) was yesterday, with the non-NFA guns being auctioned today. The final prices are interesting to look at, with some wallet-wrenchingly high and some great deals – at least for folks who are into the unusual.
Basically, the key was to be [...]
Not too long ago, a pretty serious machine gun collector named Richard Wray passed away, and his estate is auctioning off his collection, which includes 80-odd transferable machine guns – nearly all of them very interesting historical pieces.
I won’t get into my personal thoughts on the merits of leaving one’s collection to the auction [...]
A couple things that came in through the week…
First up, Mark Serbu (owner of Serbu Firearms) has a neat video comparing the ATI .22 cal StG44 copy to an original StG44:
Also, Leszek pointed out a neat piece up for sale on eBay – a Japanese Type 89 Rokuoh-Sha 35mm (Lewis Gun) camera. [...]
If I were Bill Mauldin I would have a very deadpan caption for this.
US Marines somewhere in the Pacific with a captured Japanese Type 92 machine gun.
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While we were at the SAR West show this year, we had the chance to chat with Teri, who runs NambuWorld.com. Teri is a Canadian collector who took a longtime interest in Japan and built a very impressive collection of Japanese firearms and militaria, and her web site is a great source of information on [...]
Canaidna inspecting Jap type 96 at Kiska Aug 1943
Looks like just the thing to send back to the US without a magazine.
I believe this is a Canadian solider on the island of Kiska in the Aleutians, inspecting a Japanese Type 96 machine gun.
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It would be several decades before 28-inch rims would become fashionable again in urban areas
Japanese Type 3 HMG on a wheeled cart – photo courtesy of Max Popenker.
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