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German

Borchardt automatic pistol

There is not much controversy over the identity of the first commercially successful – or at least the first serially produced – automatic pistol. Hugo Borchardt takes the prize with his 1893 design. Shown here […]

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Gas Piston Lineup

Now here’s a wall decoration for your gun room – cartridge boards are just so passe nowadays. Bonus points is you can identify them all without resorting to Google (click the image for a larger […]

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Spreewerke VG-2

The Volksgewehr program was a frantic and disorganized effort, poorly organized and with many bureaucratic contradictions. A good example is the VG-2 production. The DIW (Spreewerke being a subsidiary of that firm) prototype VG rifle […]

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Manuals

Villar Perosa manual

The Villar Perosa was a rather odd weapon developed by noted designer Revelli in Italy in 1914 and adopted into service in 1915. It was a pair of open-bolt submachine guns (predating shoulder-fired submachine gun […]

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Volksgewehr VG1

In late 1944, Hitler formed the Volkssturm, a last ditch Home Guard type force to throw against the encroaching American and Russian forces at the German border. Small arms production was taxed already from the […]

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Chatellerault FM Mle 1924-29

The Chatellerault FM Mle 1924-29 was the French military’s replacement for the 1915 Chauchat automatic rifle. It was clear after WWI that the Chauchat design was flawed, and a new weapon was required. The military […]