Guns Of The Soviet Partisans In World War II
With every meter the Wehrmacht advanced into the Soviet Union, their supply lines seemed to grow exponentially longer. This provided ample opportunities for Soviet partisans to inflict casualties and destroy vital aspects of the German war machine, and they used an assortment of arms to accomplish their mission.
The Model Of 1903 Springfield: A Collector's Perspective
The "U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1903," better-known as the M1903 Springfield, has become one of the most popular U.S. military small arms to collect. What should the discerning collector look for in a potential buy? Here are the features to watch out for.
The Johnson Auto-Carbine: The Little-Known Tale Of 'Daisy Mae'
The Johnson Model of 1941 Rifles and Light Machine Guns saw service with elite American troops during World War II. Not so well known is the light and handy Johnson Auto-Carbine. It could have been one of the most interesting infantry arms of World War II, but now it is a footnote in firearm history.
Australia’s Lee-Enfield 'Jungle Rifles'
While the British No. 5 Lee-Enfield “Jungle Carbines” are well-known guns, the Australian No. 1-based jungle rifles have languished in obscurity. They never went beyond the trials phase and are commonly faked. Here’s the real story on what are likely the rarest versions of the World War II Lee-Enfield.
'Limited Standard': The M1919A6 Machine Gun
The U.S. M1919A6 machine gun was a modification of the M1919A4 intended to give a single trooper comparable firepower in a lighter-weight package. It was a compromise gun, and like many such designs, it could not do everything well.
War Drums: The Thompson Drum Magazine In Combat
When the early models of the Thompson submachine gun first saw combat in World War II, so did its drum magazines. Despite its shortcomings and complexity, these drum magazines continued to see use throughout the war.
The History Of Winchester’s New Haven Factory
Winchester's New Haven facility closed in March 2006, thus ending a century-and-a-half tradition of military and sporting rifles being made in that city. The contributions of the Winchester factory to the security of this country and the pleasure that its products have given generations of sportsmen must be remembered.
The Guns Of The French Resistance
Even after their country fell under Nazi control after France's surrender in 1940, bands of French resistance members continued to fight back using whatever arms they could scrounge or be supplied.
Rifleman Q&A: U.S. 'Trench Gun' Finishes
I’ve been looking to buy an all-original World War II Winchester trench shotgun. I’ve been offered a Parkerized Model 12 stamped “U.S.”, and it has the Ordnance Corps bomb on it. All of the other all-original guns that I have examined were blued. Were any World War II U.S. military shotguns originally Parkerized?
I Have This Old Gun: Winchester Model 12 'Trench' Gun
Approximately 80,000 Model 12 trench guns were manufactured between 1941 and 1944, and later production featured a Parkerized metal finish. Careful inspection will reveal four rows of holes in the handguard for barrel heat venting, changed from six during 1917.