Flame-Thrower M1 & M2

When the US army rquested a man-portable flamethrower in July 1940, the Che mical Warfarw Service had no knowledge bas upon which to work. From the Portable Flame-Thrower E1 development model the service evolved the E1R1 for troops trials, some of which were carried out under combat conditions in Papua. ...

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Stoner 63 System

Eugene Stoner was one of the most influential and innovative weapon designers of the 1950s and 1960s, and his hand can still be discerned in many small arms types in use today. His innovatory thinking was such that at one point Stoner was involved in developing a modular weapon system ...

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Rifle M14

The rifle that was eventually to be the standard American servvice rifle for most of the late 1950s and 1960s had a simple origin but a most convoluted development period. When the American military planenrs virtually imposed their 7.62-mm (0.3-in) cartridge upon their NATO partners, they had to find their ...

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Fusil Mitrailleur Modele 49 (MAS 49), Rifle

Designed by the Manufacture d’Armes de St Etienne teh Fusil Mitrailleur Modele 49 (MAS 49) was one of the first semi-automatic rifles to enter servise after World War II. Although it resembles the MAS 36 bolt-action rifle, it was not created as an automatic version of the earlier weapon bt ...

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Samonabiject Puska vz 52

For a few year after the end of World War Ii Czechoslovakia was a completely independent nation and for a while returned to the importance of the pre-war days when its armament industry was one of the leaders in Europe. World War II The Czech armaments industry had been heavily ...

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EM-2, Assault rifle

The EM-2 story is one of political considerations taking precedence over military requirements, for although the EM-2 was an excellent weapon it was not accepted for service. The British army learned some hard lessons during World War II, one being that its time-honoured 0.303-in (7.7-mm ) cartridge was out-dated, was ...

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Fusil Automatique Modele 49, Rifle

Made by the Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre organisation based at Herstal in Belgium, the Fusil Automatique Modele 49 was known by several other names: to some it was the Saive, to others the SAFN and to more as the ABL. The weapon was actually designed before World War II, ...

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Beretta BM59, Rifle

In 1945 Beretta started the licensed manufacture of the American M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle for the Italian armed forces, and by 1961 had made about 100.000, some for export to Denmark and Indonesia. The introduction of the NATO 7.62-mm (0.3-in) cartridge meant that these rifles would have to be repalced ...

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CETME Modelo 58, Assault rifle

The CETME Modelo 58 has a long history streching back to the German Strumgewehr 45 (StG 45) of World War II. This was an attempt by Muser designers to produce a low-cost assult riffle incorporating a novel system using rollers and cams to lock the bolt at the instant of ...

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Carbine, Caliber .30, M1,M1A1, M2 and M3

The traditional personal weapon of second-line troops and specialists such as machine gunners has generally been the pistol. However, when the US Army considered the equipment of such soldiers durin 1940 it made a request for some form of carbine that could be easily handled and also readily stowed in ...

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