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A surplus submachine Grease Gun

Firearms

Throwback Thursday: The M3A1 Grease Gun — A Desperate Gun for Desperate Times

At a time when Total War demanded every measure of effort industrial, economic, and spiritual that a nation might muster, the United States attempted to produce a quality submachine gun that was both effective and inexpensive while remaining amenable to mass production. That gun served tank crews well into the 1990s. Guest blogger, Will Dabbs, MD writes about the Grease Gun.

RPK and AKM Machine guns

Firearms

The RPK Squad Automatic Weapon — Simply Superb

Mikhail Timofeyovich Kalashnikov purportedly devised the assault rifle that bears his name while recovering from wounds incurred during the Battle of Brausk in World War II. While his story has likely been embellished a bit by communist propaganda editors, it is universally accepted that he indeed designed the gun and that it subsequently shaped the firearms world. The author ranks the RPK above the M249 and M60! Did he hit the mark? Read the full story to find out.

USDA Cow

News

Why Does the USDA Need Submachine Guns?

In a May 7, 2014, online solicitation, the Department of Agriculture was seeking commercial acquisition of .40 S&W submachine guns. Why do the “cow cops” need machine guns? Read on to find out.

German MG-42 Machine Gun

Consumer Information

Art of the Gun: German MG-42 Machine Gun

May 2, 2014 is the first day of the spring auction at the Rock Island Auction Company. There are lots of historical, collectible, and beautiful firearms up for grabs this year, but this one caught my eye. Dubbed “Hitler’s Buzz Saw” by WWII soldiers, this German MG-42 medium machine gun was used by the Nazi forces throughout the second World War. The design was easily produced, innovative, and effective, the Allies copied much the weapon to create the M60 machine gun. The specimen on sale is outfitted to be used as an anti-aircraft weapon with a mount, anti-air sights, and optical sight.

Suomi KP-31 Parts Kit WX-114

Firearms

Suomi 9mm KP-31 Parts Kit – WX-114

I just opened the box on this Suomi KP-31 parts kit. I breathed in the essence of Cosmoline, instantly taken back to my days of cleaning friend’s SKSs and Mosins. Someone should make a cosmoline-scented candle, you know for the guys. What I found inside was not any great surprise. This is a parts kit.