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 […]


Vietnamese Crude 1911 Copy

September 25, 2016 Ian McCollum 36

This is an example of a craft-made pistol captured in Vietnam and brought back to the US. While many Vietnamese fighters were supplied with good-quality weapons from other nations (primarily Chinese-made AK and SKS rifles), […]

Vietnamese Luger lookalike

Viet Cong Handmade Luger Lookalike

January 27, 2016 Ian McCollum 48

In the continuing occasional series on crude handmade firearms, we have an entry sent to me by a reader on Facebook (thanks!). It’s a Vietnamese Luger lookalike, which was being sold by Arundel Militaria in […]

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Bolt Action Rifles

A Rifle of Many Travels

February 19, 2015 Ian McCollum 33

I was visiting a friend recently (James, who runs Tombstone Territorial Firearms, which you should definitely visit if you are ever in Tombstone – it’s a remarkably well-stocked shop), and he had pulled out a […]

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Vietnam’s Overburdened M16

July 1, 2014 Ian McCollum 74

by Tom Laemlein I’ve been working with Dale Dye of Warriors Inc. to put together a photo study on the infantry weapons of the Vietnam War. The conflict in Vietnam is particularly interesting for students […]

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Viet Cong 1911 Copy

October 31, 2012 Ian McCollum 23

In recognition of Halloween, we have a pistol that would be genuinely frightening to shoot, straight from the jungle shops of the Vietnam War. Made out of desperation and a lack of factory-produced arms, a […]