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Sunngård Automatic Pistol

Harald Sunngård was Norwegian inventor in the early years of the 20th century who noticed a common perceived weakness of automatic pistols: reloads under stress were often bungled by shooters, leaving them vulnerable to return fire without being able to shoot back. Doing the classic inventor thing, Sunngård figured out a solution to the problem [...]

Reader Questions: 6.5×55 Chamber, M47 Clips, Side-Mounted Oprods

Today I’m answering some questions sent in last week – I think this will be a fun and interesting regular feature for the site. If you have a question you’ve been wondering about, please email it to me, and I’ll see if I can get you an answer for the next Reader Questions column! I [...]

Brøndby Military Rifle Cutaway View

Courtesy of reader Peter, we have this neat cutaway drawing of the Norwegian Brøndby military rifle. This rifle was originally chambered in 6.5×55 Swede and was sent to England for military testing.

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Neat – thanks, Peter! For the interested parties, there was also a Brondby “Maskinpistol” firing a pistol-caliber cartridge with [...]

Landstad Patent and Another Mystery Gun

A couple pieces of Sunday miscellanea…

First, thanks to Keith we have a copy of the Norwegian patent for the Landstad automatic revolver. He was able to coax it out of the Norwegian patent office, despite it being much too old to be in their online archive. Thanks, Keith! It’s a short patent and we [...]

Landstad 1900 Automatic Revolver

We spent a bunch of time earlier this week covering the Webley-Fosbery “automatic revolver”, and I would like to close out the week with another pistol of that type, but one that’s even weirder than the Fosbery. I don’t have much information on this piece, but did find some surprisingly good photos that were originally [...]

Brøndby Rifle Photos

We have previously mentioned Fridtjof Brøndby, a Norwegian arms designer who created a number of self-loading rifle designs in the 1930s. Last time we were looking at his model 1933 maskinpistole (submachine gun), and today we have a bunch of photos of his full-size self-loading rifle prototype. We still have very little information on the [...]

Book Review: The Parabellum is Back!

The final chapter in our continuing Luger series is today’s book, The Parabellum is Back! While Sturgess’ three-volume encyclopedia covers the pistol through 1918 and Simson Lugers takes us through Weimar, that leaves a lot still to learn. Luger production continued in World War II, and afterwards under French occupation. After the demolition of the [...]

A Few Updates –

Thanks to reader Erik, we have a little more information on Fridtjof Brondby, which we’ve added to the Brondby page in the Vault. Apparently Brondby also designed a 20mm antitank rifle, although we do not have any photographs of it. We have also added two more of Brondby’s patents to the Vault page.

Brondby [...]

Eriksen Machine Gun

Sometimes, there is just no good reason to build a gun design, and the Eriksen machine gun is a good example. A sample of the Eriksen machine gun was sent to the CISA (Chief Inspector of Small Arms) in 1927 for evaluation, and got no farther.

Eriksen machine gun, open to show internals

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Brøndby Maskinpistol Model 1933

Fridtjof Brøndby was a Norwegian arms designer who created a number of self-loading rifle designs in the 1930s, including one which was submitted to the Norwegian Army for testing. He also developed a 7.62mm submachinegun, the Maskinpistol Model 1933. We don’t have much information on Brøndby, but we do have a good set of photos [...]