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.
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.