I was reading an auction catalog, and a reference was made to an American military Thompson submachine gun. It stated it was a “1928 Colt Navy overstamp, not a Savage.” The catalog made that verbiage seem important. What’s the significance of the “overstamp,” and were there other military 1928 Thompsons besides the Navy guns?
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.
Far less familiar than the Thompson or the Reising, the U.S.-made UD M.’42 submachine gun was still a factor for the OSS and French resistance fighters operating behind enemy lines during World War II.
The Boys rifle saw service with U.S. Marine Raiders during the Makin Island Raid of Aug. 17 and 18, 1942. “Carlson’s Raiders” used their Boys rifles to dispatch two Japanese float planes. It was likely an unenviable task to lug the massive bolt-action through the jungle.
During the U.S. military’s search for a breechloading rifle design in the years after the Civil War, America’s first military bolt-action was deemed both novel and sometimes dangerous.