Guns | War History

The Owen Gun Was Favored By Australian Troops for Its Reliability In the Pacific Theater

Leon Ravet and Bernard Kentwell carrying Owen guns through the jungle

If there’s one thing Australia isn’t known for, it’s weapons development. That’s not to say some ingenious firearms haven’t come out of the country. During…

PTRS-41: The Powerful WWII-Era Anti-Tank Gun Destroying Modern Tanks In Ukraine

Red Army soldier aiming an anti-tank gun

The minute tanks entered the battlefield, weapons specialists tried to develop ways to eliminate the threat. During World War I, the Germans introduced the 13.2…

The Soviet Maxim-Tokarev Light Machine Gun Outperformed The Classic PM M1910

Fedor Tokarev and his son standing with a Maxim-Tokarev

The Maxim-Tokarev was the first ever domestically mass-produced light machine gun of its kind. Born off the back of the reliable PM M1910, it became…

AVS-36: The Worst Rifle Ever Developed By the Soviet Union

Four Red Army soldiers running through the snow + AVS-36

While the Soviet Union may have been adept at producing tanks, the same can’t really be said about its handheld weaponry. The interwar period and…

Gewehr 43: The German Semi-Automatic Rifle Inspired By the Soviet SVT-40

East German soldiers marching together while armed with Gewehr 43s

When the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa, they weren’t prepared for a number of things. While the weather is often the aspect most historians point to,…

Schwarzlose MG: The Unusual Austro-Hungarian Machine Gun of World War I

Two soldiers manning a Schwarzlose MG

A number of machine guns saw action during the First World War. While the Vickers, Maxim and Lewis guns are likely the ones that come…

37 mm M1916: The French ‘Bunker Buster’ That Became a Hindrance on the Western Front

Gun crew with Regimental Headquarters Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment manning a 37 mm M1916

When the First World War began in 1914, it quickly became apparent that newer, more advanced weapons were needed. This was particularly true on the…

MG 13: The German Second-String Light Machine Gun That Saw Frontline Service In France

MG 13 placed on a red table

The Maschinengewehr 13 (MG 13) was a German light machine gun adapted from an earlier model. Despite having a short service life with both the…

Why the M2 Browning .50 Caliber is the Most Lethal Heavy Machine Gun in History

Three soldiers manning an M2 Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun

The powerful M2 Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun entered development following orders from Gen. John J. Pershing in World War I, and it has…

Solo Snipers and Infinite Ammo: 10 Errors Movies Make Involving Guns

Arnold Schwarznegger as the Terminator in 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' + Keanu Reeves as Neo in 'The Matrix' + Sylvester Stallone as John J. Rambo in 'Rambo: First Blood Part II'

Some of Hollywood’s most popular action heroes are expected to know a thing or two when it comes to firearms, and we know how inaccuracies…

M1941 Johnson Light Machine Gun: A Favored Weapon of the Devil’s Brigade

Soldier aiming an M1941 Johnson light machine gun

A number of firearms were developed over the course of the Second World War. The scale of fighting during the conflict was unprecedented, and militaries…

Snipex Alligator: The Ukrainian Sniper Rifle That Fires Anti-Tank Bullets

Snipex Alligator sitting in the middle of a snowy field

Written by Samantha Franco and Clare Fitzgerald The Snipex Alligator is a massive anti-material rifle (AMR) that’s manufactured by XADO-Holding, Ltd. Having only recently entered…