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Classic Guns: The Bodeo Revolver

Known by those who carried it as Coscia d’agnello (“leg of lamb”), the Bodeo revolver served Italian forces for decades.

Rifles in the Sky: Airborne Troops Then and Now

As we honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day, our resident expert offers reflections on the realities of jumping out of an airplane.

Fightin' Iron: General Robert Barrow's Type 14 Nambu

Some firearms stick in your memory, regardless of how useful they may (or may not) be. Here's the interesting sidearm used by Marine Corps Gen. Robert Barrow while he was a lieutenant in WWII: a Type 14 Nambu pistol.

Classic Guns: The M712 Schnellfeuer 'Broomhandle' Mauser

No, it’s not a product of Hollywood’s overactive imagination; there really was a full-auto broomhandle Mauser. Check out the details behind the M712 Schnellfeuer.

Classic Guns: The SVT-40 Battle Rifle

Russia’s answer to the M1 Garand, the SVT-40, clearly influenced Soviet battle-rifle development well into the latter part of the 20th century.

The Machine Gun Man: Lt. Col. George Chinn

If there were a Marine Corps small arms equivalent to “According to Hoyle,” it would be “According to Chinn," thanks to the impressive body of work compiled by Lt. Col George Morgan Chinn on the Corp's machine guns.

Fightin' Iron: The Krag-Jørgensen Rifle

Though its military-service life spanned slightly more than a decade, the Krag-Jørgensen rifle served as an important transition for U.S. Soldiers from breechloading single-shots to bolt-action rifles.

Classic Guns: MAS-38 Submachine Gun

The French MAS-38 submachine gun that ended the reign of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini is pretty obscure; you’ve probably never heard of it.

The Smith & Wesson Model 1940 Light Rifle

Although many small arms were destined to see action in the hands of Allied soldiers during World War II, not all made the cut.

Audie Murphy's .45 Colt Revolver on Public Display

A .45 Colt revolver once belonging to WWII hero Audie Murphy is on display at the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, WY.

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