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Light MGs

Bayonet Bipod

May 1, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

So last Friday, we posted a copy of an old World War I French machine gun booklet. Not anything particularly exotic – it was only talking about the main machine guns that were in common […]

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Submachine Guns

Beretta M1938 Family

April 23, 2012 Ian McCollum 2

The Beretta M1938 submachine gun was designed by Beretta engineer Tulio Marengoni as an improvement on the earlier M1918 design (which was in turn based on the Villar Perosa). Developed during the mid 1930s, the […]

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Heavy MGs

Model 1917 Machine Gun Cart

April 13, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

Are you looking for a good gift for the gun nut in your life who already has everything? Or perhaps you are the gun nut with everything, and you need a new project to undertake? […]

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Light MGs

FN Model D (BAR)

April 4, 2012 Ian McCollum 4

The FN Model D was the most fully developed variant of the venerable Browning Automatic Rifle. Introduced in 1932 by Fabrique Nationale (with whom Browning had collaborated extensively prior to his death in 1926), the […]

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Light MGs

Japanese Type 11 Nambu LMG

March 30, 2012 Ian McCollum 6

Kojiro Nambu, one of Japan’s most prolific arms designers, developed the Type 11 light machine gun as an adaptation of his previous Type 3 HMG design. The Type 11 uses a distinctive hopper feed, and […]

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Submachine Guns

Bergmann MP32 photos

March 26, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

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 […]

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Light MGs

French 1923 LMG Trials Report

March 21, 2012 Ian McCollum 2

In 1923, the French military held a light machine gun trial to choose a weapon to replace the CSRG Chauchat. The trials involved weapons evaluations both by an expert committee and by 9 regiments testing […]

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Light MGs

Eriksen Machine Gun

March 16, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

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 […]

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Light MGs

T52E3 – An M60 Prototype

March 14, 2012 Ian McCollum 1

There is no doubt that German machine guns of World War II were superior to American machine guns of the period. The BAR, with its 20-round magazine and fixed barrel was much under-equipped for use […]

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Light MGs

Tonight on Top Shot: the BAR

February 21, 2012 Ian McCollum 2

I really enjoy watching Top Shot, and the BAR will be great fun to see tonight on the show. Yes, it’s a reality TV show, and yes, I would fast forward through the drama given […]