POTD: Ohio Ordnance REAPR – Machine Gun in .338 Norma Magnum

You’re watching and reading TFB’s Photo Of The Day, and we have a belt-fed monster on display. It’s made by Ohio Ordnance Works and REAPR stands for Recoil Enhanced Automatic Precision Rifle. They call it a revolution for modern military general purpose machine guns (GPMG), designed to surpass SOCOM military specifications. The caliber is .338 Norma Magnum, but it can be swapped to 7.62 NATO if needed.

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Homemade Ruger PC Carbine Stock With Influence From WW2

The Ruger PC Carbine garnered plenty of aftermarket support, almost as soon as it was released, but tinkerers have been having their fun with it too.  Some of our TFB readers surely remember one such homemade Ruger PC Carbine project that involved using a surplus PPSh stock, but our friend Axel reached into more German and American roots when he began his homemade Ruger Carbine build.  We have featured another work of Axel’s doing, his sci-fi, double Marlin 60 rifle (make sure you check that out if you haven’t seen it yet).  Let’s see his take on the Ruger PC Carbine.

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Essential Parts of the new German Firearms Act – Guidelines

The German Federal Criminal Police Office ( The Bundeskriminalamt, or BKA) just issued a guidline covering the essential parts of the new EU Firearms Act, and how the government chose to implement it into German Law. Unfortunately, Germany went further than the minimum level set by the European Union. The Weapons Act was amended in Germany as of February 19, 2020, and the legal classifications of certain components for firearms changed.

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World War II Revival – Tanks & Guns in Belgium 2019

In this post, we offer an amazing selection of photos from Mons in Belgium and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II

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TFBTV: German World War Two Guns in Action

What would it be like to try and attempt to shoot historical small arms in some of the ways that they were actually used in the past? We try and do that in this episode with German small arms in a small team setting, assaulting an objective across open terrain using a base of fire complimented by fire and maneuver. We were able to get access to fully automatic machine guns such as the MG42 and MG34, in addition to the MP40 submachine gun and landmark STG44 rifle. Of course we also had on hand Mauser K98s that complimented the historical firepower. There was a G43 that was on hand but the rifle suffered some malfunctions that didn’t allow us to use it in the live fire.

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POTD: Rheinmetall MG3 in the Norwegian Army

Today’s Photo Of The Day brings out the lead-spitting Rheinmetall MG3 machine gun.

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A Belt-Fed Bren Gun with a Fatal Flaw: The Experimental X11E4 at The Armourer's Bench

After World War II, the UK sought to modernize its small arms, many of which were based on designs originating from before the First World War. For its medium machine gun, the British were still using the reliable but increasingly obsolete Vickers water cooled gun in .303 caliber. With the adoption of the 7.62 NATO by the UK, trials were held to select a new air-cooled general purpose machine gun, which resulted in the adoption of the excellent Belgian MAG. In these trials, however, was tested a belt-fed variant of the magazine-fed Bren gun, called the X11E4. This gun is the subject of an article over at The Armourer’s Bench, as well as an accompanying TAB video, embedded below:

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Russian Warehouse Find! Crates Of Machine Guns

According to a Facebook Page, Russian Look, this is what was found in a warehouse.

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POTD: Machine Guns Mass Grave

Thanks to Josh B. for sending us this photo. Here is what he wrote.

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Spectacular Machine Gun Collection

Everything on this wall is full auto.

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GunLab's Cutaway Gerat 05

It seems that if you want a reproduction late-war German experimental rifle design, you should get in touch with GunLab’s Chuck. Besides his VG-1-5 project which we’ve covered several times in the past, he also mentioned a year ago that he was doing a run of 60 Gerät 05 rifles. These were roller-locked gas-operated rifles patterned off the Gerät 03, which was itself a derivative of the G.43/K.43 (and they, in turn, were derivatives of the G.41(W) rifle). They fed from MP-43 magazines, while having a conventional stock layout.

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A Brief Look at the MG42

As firearms go, few have been as influential – and yet seldom seen by the general public – as the MG42 machine gun. While the 1911 pistol and the Mauser bolt action rifle influenced countless other firearms, they or their descendants are ubiquitous. The MG42 and its assorted descendants? Other than those who served in combat arms units of major Western militaries, not many people get a chance to see what a general purpose machine gun (GPMG) is like.

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On Rebuilding MG42 from Part Kits

Glenn Fleming, a gunsmith at Red Jacket Firearms, regularly gets requests from customers to rebuild MG42 from cut-up parts kits – apparently a job that is a lot less fun than it sounds. Glenn writes

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Land Cruiser 200 V8 fitted with a gun turret

At the Milipol expo last week, an Austrian company Ressenig brought along a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 V8 outfitted with a gun turret and Austrian MG74 machine gun.

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