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The Battle of France: Guns of Allied & Axis Troops

Seventy-five years ago, beginning on May 10, 1940, German forces struck against Western Europe, invading...

Behind Enemy Lines: Guns of Vietnam's SOG Warriors

During the Vietnam War, the men of the Studies and Observations Group (SOG) carried an...

The 'Welrod' Pistol: A Silent Arm for the SOE

Developed to arm members of Britain's Special Operations Executive during WWII, the Hand Firing Device...

'Cold Steel': American Trench Knives of WWI

During WWI, American troops entered France without a dedicated fighting knife. That was soon remedied...

The Guns of Port Arthur

The Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905 is one of those rarely discussed conflicts that provides an...

First to Fight the Blitzkrieg: Polish Small Arms in September 1939

When Nazi Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, they found the Polish military to...

Lt. Col. “Sherm” Mills—Last Man Standing at the U.S. Springfield Arsenal

For the first time ever, we learn how retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mills, decorated...

The U.S. Model 1919A4 Machine Gun

Based on the M1917A1 water-cooled, belt-fed machine gun, the lighter, air-cooled M1919A4 Browning was one...

Wartime Winchesters

In its advertisements on the back page of this magazine during World War II, Winchester...

The Model of 1941 Johnson Rifle in Marine Service

Although the M1 Garand was the United States’ main infantry rifle during World War II—the...

A Very Special Carbine

The “U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30 M1” is without a doubt one of the most popular...

D-Day + 75: Arms of the Airborne

Seventy-five years ago, Allied troops invaded Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” to bring an end to Nazi...

Long-Range Warriors: The USMC M40 Rifles

From the American Rifleman Archives: U.S. Marine Corps M40-series rifles have earned their reputation as...

The G.I. Thompson In World War II

Although the U.S. Army was slow to adopt the iconic gun, the Marines had been...

Irish Lewis Light Machine Guns in the United States

Col. Isaac Newton Lewis capitalized on the experimental drum-fed, air-cooled, McLean machine gun, developing a...

The Sterling: Britain’s Cold War Submachine Gun

The Sterling submachine gun saw action in more than 40 conflicts, well earning its place...

The U.S. Model Of 1918 Browning Automatic Rifle

When it seemed certain that the United States would enter World War I, America’s greatest...

The M1 Carbine in Vietnam

The M1 Carbine was introduced into Vietnam by French troops during the late 1940s in...

The Keefe Report: “Remember Those Fellows”—D-Day Plus 74 Years

On this 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, we remember the words of Supreme Commander...

The Model 1940 Light Rifle: Smith & Wesson's Beautifully Made Failure

The Light Rifle was designed following a request from the British in mid-1939. The resulting...
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