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American Arms of the Battle of the Bulge

American G.I.s thwarted Hitler’s last-ditch offensive, even though Hitler threw the best men and weapons that he had available against America's troops in the Ardennes. Here the author looks at the small arms used by our troops to stop the Nazi war machine dead in its tracks.

Book Review: The US M3/M3A1 Submachine Gun

Michael Heidler, no stranger to writing about firearm history, has produced a most impressive volume on one of this author’s favorite World War II firearms, the M3 “grease gun.”

At The Range: M3A1 Submachine Gun

Watch this "At The Range" video segment above to see American Rifleman Field Editor Martin K.A. Morgan shoot a World War II-era M3A1 "Grease Gun" submachine gun chambered in .45ACP.

Archives: The U.S. M3 Submachine Gun

The American Rifleman staff had an early and up- close look at the then-new M3 submachine gun. Not long thereafter, the “Grease Gun” would make its combat debut with the American Airborne in Normandy.

D-Day + 75: Arms of the Airborne

Seventy-five years ago, Allied troops invaded Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” to bring an end to Nazi tyranny, and many of them arrived by parachute or glider. They were the men of the British and American airborne, and they were well-armed indeed.

Video—I Have This Old Gun: U.S. M3A1 Grease Gun

Check out this "I Have This Old Gun" segment from a recent episode of ARTV, with a look at the U.S. M3A1 Grease Gun.

The M2 Submachine Gun

The Thompson, while excellent, was expensive and time-consuming to make. So, faced with a pressing need for more submachine guns, the U.S. Army adopted the M3 “Grease Gun”—but before that, there was the little-known M2.

Gallery: D-Day +70: The Men and Guns of the Battle for Normandy

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, we look back at the infantry arms-both well known and forgotten-used on this pivotal "Day of Days" in American history. (Photos courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration/U.S. Army Signal Corps)

The M3 and M3A1 "Grease Guns"

Dismissed as ugly ducklings when compared to the finely made Thompsons they replaced, the stamped and welded M3 and M3A1 “grease guns” performed very well and served several generations of American soldiers with distinction.

World War II Field Fix for the M3 Grease Gun

Learn about the World War II field modification that put damaged Grease Guns back in service.

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