WWII-Era Firearms Used during 36th Best Ranger Competition

In honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the 36th annual Best Ranger Competition featured the guns used by the Rangers to take the German defenses at Pointe du Hoc.

Classic Guns: The FN-49

The FAL might be the “right arm of the free world,” but there was an FN design before it. Here's a look at the FN-49.

Classic Guns: Gewehr G41(M)

Before the development of the well-known Gewehr G43, there was the Gewehr G41(M) "gas-trap" design from Mauser.

Classic Guns: The M41 Carcano

Changing its military rifle during wartime was a mistake for Italy, but that doesn't take away from the impressive qualities of the M41 Carcano.

The Golden Age: Smith & Wesson in the Mid-20th Century

Some of Smith & Wesson’s finest firearms made it from drawing board to production during one of the manufacturer’s darkest periods.

Classic Guns: PFC Ray Register's Springfield M1903A4 Sniper Rifle

Some classics never go out of style, they just get reinvented and repurposed. PFC Ray Register proved that point with his M1903A4 Springfield in the hedgerows of Normandy during WWII.

Classic Guns: Colt Model 1908 General Officer's Pistol

Even Colt’s diminutive .380 ACP found its way to war. Here's an example of the Model 1908 General Officer's pistol, used by Brig. Gen. Ridgely Gaither in WWII.

The Thompson at Anzio: Last Stand of S/N 169807

The Thompson submachine gun, also known as the “Chicago Typewriter,” had a distinguished military career in addition to its Prohibition-era prominence.

Classic Guns: Japanese Type 99 Arisaka Rifle

The Japanese Type 99 Arisaka earned a negative reputation during WWII, though much of the negative opinion surrounding the rifle is undeserved.

New for 2018: Auto-Ordnance 'Squadron' 1911

Part of Auto-Ordnance's growing lineup of custom 1911 pistols, the "Squadron" 1911 pays homage to the fighter aircraft of WWII and the pilots who flew them into battle.

Page 2 of 4


Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.