Guns | War History

The M249 SAW Machine Gun Continues to Enhance the Role of Infantrymen in Combat

June Steele
Spc. Shawn Kennedy looking through the sight of an M249 SAW machine gun

The M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) machine gun – also known as the Light Machine Gun, 5.56 mm, M249 – is a critical tool for…

The Japanese Bolt-Action Arisaka Type 99 Rifle Saw Extensive Use In the Pacific Theater

Soldier aiming an Arisaka Type 99 rifle

The Arisaka Type 99 rifle was a significant evolution in the realm of military armaments. Born out of necessity in the 1930s, its development reflected…

Tommy Gun History: The Prohibition Era Guns for Mobsters That Played a Key Role in WWII

June Steele
Four British infantrymen holding Tommy Guns

When discussing the Tommy Gun, it’s essential to delve into the cultural impact it’s had over the years. Originally designed for the military during World…

AK-15: The Russian Assault Rifle That Traces Its Origins Back to the AK-47

Russian soldier aiming an AK-15 from a trench

While the AK-47 is arguably the most famous Russian-borne rifle ever, the country has been the birthplace of many other capable weapons. One of them…

Benelli M4: The Superior Semi-Automatic Shotgun Built Specifically For Combat

US Marine holding a Benelli M1014

Produced by Italian firearms manufacturer Benelli Armi SpA, the M4 semi-automatic shotgun is the fourth and final model of the Super 90 line. Built for…

Leichtgeschütz 40: Germany’s Powerful World War II-Era Recoilless Gun

10.5 cm Leichtgeschütz 40 placed near a wall

The Leichtgeschütz 40 (LG 40) was a German recoilless gun that saw service during the Second World War. The Wehrmacht first used the weapon during…

M20 Recoilless Rifle: While Not Effective Against Tanks, It Obliterated Enemy Pillboxes

US Army soldier firing an M20 Recoilless Rifle while others cover their ears

The M20 recoilless rifle saw limited service at the end of World War II and was used extensively in Korea. It was only capable of…

Panzerbüchse 39: The German ‘Tank Hunting Rifle’ That Saw Action In Poland and the USSR

German soldier aiming a Panzerbüchse 39 (PzB 39)

The Panzerbüchse 39 (PzB 39) was an anti-tank rifle operated by Wehrmacht during the Second World War. The PzB 39 saw use during the invasion…

The M18 Recoilless Rifle Obliterated Enemy Machine Gun Nests In Korea

Group of men standing near an M18 recoilless rifle in the snow

The M18 is a 57 mm shoulder-fired, anti-tank recoilless rifle the US Army equipped troops with during the Second World War and in Korea. The…

The Darne Machine Gun Could Be Used as Both a Ground and Aerial Weapon

Soldier manning a Darne machine gun on a boat

Of the many weapons created at the end of the First World War, the Darne machine gun is certainly one of the less popular. It…

M1903 Springfield: The World War I-Era Rifle That Continues to See Service With the US Army

Ryan McLachlan
Members of the US 3rd Infantry Regiment's Drill Team holding M1903 Springfields

The United States Rifle, Caliber .30-06, Model 1903 – commonly known as the M1903 Springfield – was a rifle used primarily by the US military.…

The Degtyaryov Light Machine Gun’s Pan Magazine Made It Immediately Recognizable On the Battlefield

Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine gun on display

The Degtyaryov became the standard Soviet infantry light machine gun shortly after being introduced to the Red Army during the interwar period. While it had…