Colt-Browning Model 1895

colt-browning model 1895

John Moses Browning started design work on a machine-gun as early as 1889, at a time when the American forces were still using the hand-operated Gatling gun and Maxim had already patented his recoil-operated machine gun. Browning was thus directed towards a gas-operated mechanism, which he gradually refined to the ...

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Vickers Gun

vickers mk1 machine gun

The UK was among the first to adopt the Maxim gun following demonstrations held in the country as early as 1887. A production line for various models was set up at Crayford in Kent by a company that came to be known as Vickers’ Sons & Maxim Ltd, and from ...

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Lewis gun

lewis light machine gun

The Lewis machine gun, generally called just the Lewis gun, was an international weapon, for though its origins were American, it was first produced and manufactured in Europe. Its inventor was an American, one Samuel Maclean, but the basic concept was developed further and ‘sold’ by Colonel Isaac Lewis, another ...

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Mitrailleuse St Etienne Model 1907

Mitrailleuse St Etienne model 1907

The Hotchkiss was a commercial design and the French military authorities wanted to have their own design of machine-gun to match. Unfortunately, their efforts were not a success and indeed were not helped by the fact that the gas-operated mechanism devised by Hotchkiss was protected by a long list of ...

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Fusil FN-Mauser Model 1889

Fusil FN-Mauser Model 1889

The Belgian Fusil FN-Mauser model 1889 was something of an international weapon, for although it was designed in Belgium its action was a direct copy of the Mauser bolt action. It was accepted as the standard Belgian service rifle in 1889 and although some of the rifles came from the ...

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Heavy mortars

japanese heavy mortar

Heavy mortars are weapons with a calibre greater than 102-mm (4-in) and firing a bomb heavier than 7 kg (15.4 lb) to a range of more than 6000 m (6,560 yards). Such weapons hit hard at long battlefield ranges and yet are comparatively mobile in the tactical sense. In Austria, ...

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Riot control grenades

Staff Sgt. James C. Sanchez aims in with the M-32 Multiple shot Grenade Launcher, an experimental six-barreled weapn that can deliver six 40 mm grenades in under three seconds.  Marines are fielding the new rapid-fire weapon to troops to boost small-team capabilities to deliver greater indirect firepower.

Riot control grenades take two basic forms, chemical and kinetic. Chemical grenades are designed to emit fumes that irritate or disable to the extent that they prevent persons from carrying out a chosen course of action, i.e. they quell rioters. The primary requirement demanded of such agents is that they ...

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FAMAS FELIN

FAMAS FELIN

France introduced a bullpup rifle in 5.56-mm (0.256-in) calibre as the FAMAS in the course of the early 1980s after being formally adopted in 1978 following a development programme launched in 1972. The weapon’s designation stands for Fusil s’Assaut de la Manufacture d’Armes de St Etienne (assault rifle from MAS), ...

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FN 2000 Modular System

fn 2000 with grenade launcher

FN Herstal offered a succession of 5.56-mm assault rifles to replace magnificent 7.62-mm FN FAL (known to the British Army as the SR-Self Loading Rifle) that made the company’s post-war reputation. None of them achieved great success: in a crowded market, most armies either bought American (the M16) or developed their own ...

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