This Jeep Is Armed To The Teeth

I was at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival last weekend. Bantam is where the original Jeep was designed and made before it was bought by AMC. Jeep fans from all over come to this event. There is a section for military Jeeps and there I met Edward Maurer. Ed owns a couple old military Jeeps. This one is a M38 Jeep from Early 1952. There is another one that is a Late 1952 model where Jeep switched to a more rounded style.

On this Jeep he has the following: 50cal, 1919 in 30cal, two M1 Carbines, one Paratrooper M1, two M1 Garands, two Thompson M1A1s, BAR, 1 Trench Gun and a replica samurai sword. All the guns work except for the two Thompsons.


The old military Jeeps have a dedicated rifle mount for M1 Garands.

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This is Ed’s Jeep with the 1919 mounted. It is stored vertically but can be deployed. The mount is attached to the Jeep and there is a pintle mount so you can aim the 1919.



Here is the 50cal.



Browning Automatic Rifle



M1 Garand



M1 Carbine



Rear mounted Trench Gun.

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Another M1 Garand




The other M1 Carbine



M1 Paratrooper. He told me he locks them up because one time some kid tried to take the Paratrooper. Even though the locks detract from the look, he rather be safe.




Alongside Ed’s Jeep was this tank.

The M5 Stewart with a 37 mm main gun.




Ed co-owns this Mule with a converted 1919. The 1919 is hooked up to oxygen and propane. Using an electric switch, they can fire the gas. He tells me that when it goes off, it sounds just like the real thing.

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This Jeep belongs to a friend of his. It has a recoil-less rifle.


Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Yohei556

    The key question was not asked.
    “Do you ever re-enact scenes from The Rat Patrol?”

  • Pete Sheppard

    Check captions. In at least two photos, M1 Garands were called ‘M1 carbines’, and the ’03 Springfield under the windshield was not identified (or mis-ID’d as an M1 rifle)

    • J.T.

      Ya. Nick is really bad at identifying guns apparently. He did mis-ID the ’03-A3 as a Garand and other gun that he called a Garand was an M1 Carbine. He literally got 4 out of 11 guns on that Jeep wrong.

      • Sgt. Stedenko

        Half of his stories contain “Can you help me identify this gun”.

  • Giolli Joker

    Is it me or you forgot a couple of Tommy guns and a katana? 🙂

  • Kirk Newsted

    Is this going for realism, or is he just throwing weapons on? I seriously doubt any jeep went around with that many weapons; it only seats 4 people.

    • Tassiebush

      I think it’s the inglorious bastards version

    • Ed

      As the owner, I was going for the Death From All Directions attitude.

      To answer your question, yes, many times the soldiers would arm the Jeeps with anything they could. In Vietnam old friend even mounted a mini gun from a downed heli along with an M-60 on a pedistal as well as M-14 and 16’s.

      Not standard GI issue, but got the job done.

      • ghost

        We did have a tendency to improvise.

  • marathag

    M3A1 Stuart, please

  • Grindstone50k

    The grenade stick-shifter is historical.

  • DIR911911 .

    here in jacksonville,fl there’s a guy running around with an old jeep like this complete with 30 cal machine gun. from what I hear the cops have tried messing with him a few times but once they figure out every thing is legal , he just drives away 🙂

  • Tassiebush

    I reckon the mule is awesome! I’ve got to get myself something like that!

    • ghost

      They were great around town.

      • Tassiebush

        If we all drove those we could save so much tax on road maintenance…

  • roguetechie

    Tassie…. I’m glad to hear someone else openly profess mule love (your bachelor party in TJ story is NOT the mule love we’re talking about)
    Funniest story my uncle told me from his first tour in Vietnam was about a mule, a consummate scrounger, and a large supply of way excessive weaponry taken off of helis too shot up to keep flying….
    and a mad minute….
    apparently the second m134 coupled with a bizarre and quite frankly pretty stunningly insane complement of other weapons all pointed at about the same area where they thought some VC may have been laying low until dark was too much and about 40 seconds into the mad minute the mule rocked itself over backwards and started rolling on it’s side (with the resulting excitement of a combined cyclic rate in the low 5 figures now sweeping in w majestic and berm clearing fan of tracer fire and madly screaming crew Chiefs trying frantically to disconnect the power to the minis using everything at hand up to and including 1911’s….)
    As the sound of the final 45 acp round fades away…. Dead silence…. CO is standing on top of the CP bunker patiently waiting for the mule cult leader to notice him….
    the high priest/ crew chief finally turns sees the CO….
    THROWS his hands up and screams HOW DA F*** WIZ I S’POSED TA KNOW THAT WOULD HAPPEN!!!!
    Put the feckin’ t’ings on a helicopter and just ****Ing THINKING about them makes ’em stop working!!!!!!!

  • ghost

    Given what jeeps go thru, those firearms are not going to stay clean, and probably not usable, for long. I know it’s for show, love it.

  • gunsandrockets

    For heavy jeep armament, I like the Davy Crockett nuclear weapon!

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