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Bloke on the Range Tests the DEADLY M1 Garand Flaw that got GIs KILLED in WWII… (Actually No, Probably Not)

We’ve all heard it at gun shows or with friends: The M1 Garand was the first rifle that brought true semiautomatic firepower to the battlefield, but it came with a fatal flaw – the ping, which would alert German soldiers that the hapless GI was out of ammo, [Read More…]

The 7.92mm Kurzpatrone 43 (middle right) was developed from the larger 7.92mm German infantry cartridge, represented by the 154gr S Patrone (left) and 198gr sS Patrone (middle left). The 7.92x33 Kurz, as it's more commonly called today, is still used by some forces that retain the WWII-era Sturmgewehrs that fire it. The primary producer of ammunition for these weapons today is Prvi Partizan, which made the cartridge on the far right. Two .280/30 cartridges, and their immediate ancestors. The .280 concept was inspired by the German 7.92x33 Kurz caliber on the far left, but demands for standardization in testing with the US-developed .30 T65 cartridge (center left) resulted in rounds after 1949 using the same case head as that round. hydecarbine5mod 2Lub7BA 1219151459a 1449712957_fedorov3 m1ref8 bastogne1 The Remington-developed T22E2 (top) and its ancestor, the T22. Image source: ww3.rediscov.com Автомат Коровина 1946 года2 vP8DU7H 11891854_734898126655410_1581149479270668501_o (2)
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BSW Prototype Pistol

Strange Guns has finally uncovered the identity of a pistol that was for some time a mystery to that site: The BSW pistol prototype, a weapon that was a competitor to the Walther P38, and one of the few handguns with a gas system (more on that below): As Ian notes over [Read More…]

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Making The M1 Garand

In my critique of the M1 Garand rifle on Sunday, I noted that John Cantius Garand was not only a firearms designer, but a machinist as well. It was his intimate understanding of the world of the shop floor that made his rifle economical to produce, which is in my [Read More…]