Thompson sub-machine gun in WWII field

Fightin' Iron: The Appeal of the Thompson

More than just a Hollywood prop for gangster movies, the Thompson was a legitimate game-changer.

Poland’s Pride, The VIS 35 Pistol

The history of Poland’s pre-war pistol has some familiar elements.

Fightin’ Iron: STEN Mk V

Although it may resemble an ungainly plumber’s contraption, the STEN gun was designed to fill an urgent military need.

Classics: The MG42 Belt-fed Machinegun

One of the Third Reich’s most fearsome battlefield implements has descendants that can be found in today’s military arms.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless

Considered quaint today, the Colt .32 ACP Pocket Hammerless designed by John Moses Browning played an important part in World War II.

The Classics: France's MAS-36 Bolt-Action Rifle

France’s mid-20th-century battle rifle was designed, as many were at the time, around a specific cartridge for a specific purpose.

The M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

Three Nazis walk into a BAR …

Classic Guns: The M3 'Grease Gun'

The M3 “Grease Gun” saw plentiful action in World War II, a testament to American ingenuity and manufacturing ability.

Classic Guns: The PIAT at Arnhem

What do you use to destroy a tank at close range? Why, a horizontal mortar, of course. Here's a look at the history of the classic PIAT.

Classics: Sterling Submachine Gun

If war has a silver lining, it is firearm development, and one of World War II’s silver linings was the Sterling submachine gun.

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