The French MAS-38 Was Weird But Well-Designed
In the early 1930s, France’s Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne developed the Pistolet Mitrailleur MAS Modèle 38 in a response to the French military’s call for new submachine gun. The French tested the weapon, selected it in 1938 and launched production in 1939, just months before the beginning of World... Read more
The Swedes Got Their Hands on Some Browning Automatic Rifles
In 1920 the Swedish army purchased 700 Browning Automatic Rifles from Colt. This was before Fabrique Nationale acquired the European manufacturing rights. These weapons differed from the original M1918 pattern as they chambered Sweden’s 6.5-by-55-millimeter cartridge. They also had a detachable pistol grip and a bipod — something the... Read more
The HK33 Rifle Never Really Caught On
In 1968 Heckler & Koch launched the HK33 rifle, chambered in 5.56-by-45 millimeter, to compete with Colt’s AR-15/M16. The HK33, and later HK53, used the same roller-delayed blowback action the company developed for the 7.62-by-51-millimeter G3 in the mid-1950s. The HK33 won only a few major contracts. For its... Read more
There Are a Bunch of Authentic Infantry Weapons in the New ‘Call of Duty’ Game
First-person shooter Call of Duty returns to its World War II roots starting in November 2017. In Call of Duty: WWII, you play a Texan farm boy taking part in the Allied invasion of Europe as a soldier in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division. Call of Duty 2:... Read more
Cómo mejorar aún más el fusil M1 Garand: acortar y aligerar
Lo cierto es que la carabina M1 de la Segunda Guerra Mundial no fue diseñada para convertirse en un arma de infantería de primera línea. Al contrario, el Ejército de Tierra estadounidense tenía previsto que los soldados en funciones de apoyo utilizaran el arma estrictamente como último recurso para... Read more
Clyde Farrell Made a Rocket Machine Gun
Thirty years before Robert Mainhardt and Art Biehl debuted their GyroJet rocket-powered pistol and rifle, another inventor gained some notoriety for his own, ahem, rocket gun system. Yes, you read that right. In July 1934 Modern Mechanix magazine hailed a new machine gun “hardly heavier than an air rifle” that was... Read more
China Spent Decades Trying to Build a Better AK-47
In the mid-1960s, the Chinese military began to seek a replacement for its assortment of Soviet-licensed small arms, including the Type 56 semi-automatic rifle, the Type 56 assault rifle and the Type 56 light machine gun. The result was the Type 63, first issued in 1968, which combined characteristics... Read more
The Hotchkiss Portative Made For a Decent Tank Gun
Laurence Benét and Henri Mercié designed the Hotchkiss Portative light machine gun at the turn of the 20th century. It was a gas-operated, air-cooled, select-fire weapon that fired from an open bolt. A number of nations adopted the weapon, including France, Belgium, the United States and Britain. The United... Read more
Kick In Some London Embassy Windows in ‘6 Days’
Icon Films just released the teaser trailer for 6 Days, a film dramatization of the Iranian embassy siege in London 37 years ago. In the summer of 1980, Iranian separatists held hostage 26 people inside Iran’s embassy in London. British Special Air Service commandos stormed the building after six days.... Read more
AAI’s Rifle-and-Grenade-Launcher Combo Went Nowhere
The U.S. Army’s Objective Individual Combat Weapon program launched in December 1993. The goal was to develop a new, ergonomic infantry weapon combining a rifle and grenade launcher and possessing superior hit probability at intermediate and long ranges — 500 and 1,000 meters, respectively. The OICW had to be better than... Read more
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