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Military Factory

Guns 1940 - 1949

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/28/2014

Though the powers of World War 2 relied on many WW1-era weapons, the conflict introduced a slew of new systems before the Axis surrender of 1945.

There are a total of 70 Firearms from 1940 to 1949 in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1942
2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1 (Bazooka)
The M1 "Bazooka" proved one of the stars of the Allied cause during World War 2 and went on to inspire the German "Panzerschr...
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1941
7.5cm Leichtgeschutz 40 (LG 40)
One of the greatest challenges facing warplanners since the advent of the air-dropped warrior - popularly known as the "parat...
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1943
8.8cm Raketenwerfer 43 (Puppchen)
Just as the machine gun had altered the state of battlefields prior, the "tank" also arrived with much attention in World War...
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1944
ALFA 44 (Ametralladora ALFA Modelo 44)
The ALFA Modelo 44 (or "ALFA 44") machine gun was an indigenously designed Spanish machine gun appearing during World War 2. ...
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1942
AUSTEN SMG
With the impending Japanese threat to Australia, and its allies in the United States and Britain tied up with other pressing ...
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1943
Blyskawica SMG
Under Adolf Hitler's direction, the German military began the invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to officially begin W...
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1948
Carl Gustav 84mm
The global reach of the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle emphasizes the popularity of the weapon, appearing in three major varian...
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1942
Carl Gustav m/42 (Automatgevar m/42 / AG m/42 / Ljungman)
While remaining neutral during World War 2, Sweden did not rest on its laurels when fearing invasion from the Germans in the ...
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1945
Carl Gustav m/45 (Kulsprutepistol m/45 / Kpist m/45 / Swedish K)
World War 2 showcased to the Swedes a general lacking of indigenous firearms. As an interim measure, the government contracte...
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1942
Charlton Automatic Rifle
Any study in World War 2 firearms largely covers those of the major participating world powers of the time. This naturally le...
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1943
De Lisle Carbine
The De Lisle silenced carbine was developed during 1942 as a time when the outcome of World War 2 was still very much in doub...
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1943
Degtyarev DPM LMG
While the Degtyarev DP series of light machine guns proved a highly serviceable suppression weapon in its position among the ...
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1941
Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (PTRD-41)
The Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (or "PTRD-41", shortened from "Protivo Tankovoye Ruzhyo Degtyaryova") was the most available anti-tan...
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1947
Dror LMG
Prior to the establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948, plans were already being laid for its fighting arm by Haganah ("The...
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1949
Fabrique Nationale Model 1949 / SAFN (FN-49)
In the lead up to World War 2 (1939-1945) (and during the war), there was a noticeable shift towards Self-Loading Rifles (SLR...
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1942
Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42 / FjG42)
The Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42) was developed specifically for the lightly armed and mobile German paratrooper element ar...
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1943
Flamethrower, Portable, No 2 (Lifebuoy)
Unlike the American, German and Soviet armies of World War 2, the British Army was never as large a proponent of the man-port...
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1941
Flammenwerfer 41 (FmW 41)
All major powers of World War 2 fielded some sort of man-portable flamethrower (or "flame projector") during the conflict - t...
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1942
FP-45 (Liberator / OSS Pistol / M1942 Pistol)
Origins of the FP-45 single-shot pistol place it as an initiative by the US Army, intending to arm clandestine and resistance...
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1945
Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr 1-5 (VG 1-5)
The desperate situation of late-war Germany in World War 2 (1939-1945) was embodied in the "People's Assault Rifle" born from...
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1946
Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout
The Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout is the law enforcement version of the civilian game / home defense Model 37 pump action shotgun....
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1941
Johnson Model 1941
The Johnson Model 1941 faced off against the M1 Garand rifle before the start of hostilities that became World War 2. The rif...
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1941
Johnson Model 1941 LMG
The Johnson Model 1941 Light Machine Gun was a product of the Cranston Arms Company from Providence, Rhode Island, and classi...
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1949
Kalashnikov AK-47
Towards the end of World War 2, when the Red Army had effectively thrust Hitler's war machine back across Poland and into Ger...
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1941
Lanchester (SMG)
After the heroic evacuation of the Dunkirk survivors and the subsequent Fall of France in 1940, the British future was an unn...
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1941
M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower
There are many ways in which to decimate one's enemy - arguably one of the most terrible being fire. Fire has remained a fear...
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1942
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
The American arms industry reached all new heights with its commitment in World War 2. Much of the existing stock of guns wer...
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1940
M1940 50mm (50-RM 40)
The Soviet 50mm light infantry mortar of World War 2 (1939-1945) evolved along a singular line beginning with the 50-RM 38 mo...
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1941
M1941 82mm (82-PM 41)
Like the other major military powers of World War 2, the Soviet Union went on to adopted various caliber of mortars for the i...
Thumbnail picture of the M1941 82mm (82-PM 41)

1943
M1943 (MT-13) 160mm
The M1943 (also known as the "MT-13") was a heavy field mortar utilized by the Soviet Army through the latter half of World W...
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1943
M2 Flamethrower (M2-2)
The M2 flamethrower served as the standard flamethrower of the US military during and after World War 2, replacing the M1 and...
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1945
M20 75mm
Recoilless rifles are a specialized category of battlefield weaponry that see less service today than in the years following ...
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1943
M3 (Grease Gun)
The M3 "Grease Gun" was an economical weapons design meant to arm large quantities of American troops with large quantities o...
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1944
M3A1 (Grease Gun) Suppressed
Designed in 1942 with serial production beginning in 1943, the original M3/M3A1 "Grease Gun" submachine gun (SMG) series was ...
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1942
Maschinengewehr Modell 42 (MG42)
The MG 42 (full designation of Maschinengewehr Modell 42) was a direct result of the small arms shortages that plagued German...
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1949
MAT-49 (Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle 49)
The MAT-49 is a submachine gun developed in France by Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle (MAT) and accepted into service ...
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1945
Mendoza Model 45
While the original Mendoza C-1934 light machine gun was already in circulation with the Mexican Army prior to and during Worl...
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1947
Mendoza RM-2
Mexican engineer Raphael Mendoza found success with his C-1934 Light Machine Gun which was accepted for service with the Mexi...
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1942
Mortar, 60mm M19
The M19 60mm mortar (the US equivalent to the British 2-inch) was developed during World War 2 for infantry-level support act...
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1940
Mortar, 60mm M2
The M2 60mm light mortar served US Army and Marine forces in World War 2 and through the Korean and the Vietnam wars, becomin...
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1945
MP3008 (Maschinenpistole 3008)
1945 proved a disastrous year for the German military. By April, Hitler's territories had shrunk to previously-unthinkable le...
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1940
MP40 (Maschinenpistole 40)
As the original German Army MP38 submachine gun series proving a success, it was also too expensive for war time production. ...
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1940
Northover Projector
With the invasion of Poland, Britain and France declared war on Germany in 1939. However, the situation turned sour when the ...
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1941
Owen SMG (Owen Machine Carbine)
Despite its obvious battlefield value today, world militaries took some time to warm up to the idea of procuring and fielding...
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1943
Panzerfaust 30
The Panzerfaust series of hand-held disposable anti-tank rocket systems was a highly-feared adversary to American tank and ve...
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1943
Panzerfaust 60
The Panzerfaust 60 was a middle-level development of the Panzerfaust 30 and the Panzerfaust 100. The "60" in the Panzerfaust ...
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1943
Panzerschreck (Raketenpanzerbuchse)
The Raketenpanzerbuchse (shortened to "RPzB" or commonly known as the "Panzerschreck" meaning "tank terror" because of its de...
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1942
PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank)
With the large loss of anti-tank weaponry at the Battle of Dunkirk in northern France, the British were forced to develop all...
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1942
PPS-42 / PPS-43 SMG
The PPS submachine gun was designed by Leningrad engineer A. I. Sudarev in 1942. Leningrad was encircled by the might of the ...
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1941
PPSh-41 (Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina 41)
The Soviet Army began experimentation of submachine gun class weapons in the latter half of the 1920s. By the time of World W...
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1941
Reising Model 50 (M50/M55)
Before the arrival of the various storied American firearms of World War 2 such as the M1 Thompson, M1 Garand and M1 Carbine,...
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1946
RP-46
While the Degtyarov DP Light Machine gun of 1928 served the Red Army quite well during World War2, the design was bettered in...
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1945
RPD (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova)
Developed as a portable, squad-level light machine gun, the RPD ("Ruchnoy Pulemot Degtyaryova" - "Hand-Held Machine Gun of De...
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1949
RPG-2
The RPG-2 is a rocket-propelled grenade launching system. It can trace its history back to the end days of World War 2 where ...
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1940
RPG-40
RPG-40 (ruchnaya protivotankovaya granata, translating to "hand-held tank grenade") was a standard anti-tank hand grenade uti...
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1943
RPG-43
In June of 1941, the German Army invaded the Soviet Union through "Operation Barbarossa" beginning the East Front which would...
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1943
RPG-6 (Ruchnaya Protivotankovaya Granata)
When the German Army (and its allies) turned its attention to the Soviet Union in June of 1941 to begin "Operation Barbarossa...
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1941
Simonov PTRS 1941 (PTRS-41)
Simonov produced the PTRS-41 (or "PTRS 1941") anti-tank rifle for the Red Army during World War 2. While allied with Germany ...
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1945
Simonov SKS (Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova)
The Soviet-produced SKS, or the Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova, was the design of Sergei Gavrilovish Simonov and is s...
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1941
STEN SMG
The British STEN submachine gun is one of those rare firearms in history that was born of desperation and turned into a war-w...
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1944
Sterling Submachine Gun (L2A1)
The submachine gun was developed as early as World War 1 but was not featured prominently in the battles of the industrial wo...
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1945
StG45(M) (Sturmgewehr 45) / MP45(M) (Maschinenpistole 45)
Towards the end of World War 2, all sides had realized the potential of automatic weapons to a high degree. Automatic weapons...
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1944
Sturmgewehr 44 (StG44) / Maschinenpistole 44 (MP44)
The Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44, or still further the StG 44, is more commonly associated as being the father of the modern ...
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1940
Tokarev SVT-40
Small arms ingenuity was an area that the Soviets held something of an advantage in over their German counterpart in the deca...
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1942
Type 100 SMG (100 Shiki Kikan-tanju)
Despite their far-reaching strategic and tactical advances in the early stages of World War 2, the Imperial Japanese Army was...
Thumbnail picture of the Type 100 SMG (100 Shiki Kikan-tanju)

1943
Type 31 60mm
The Chinese Type 31 series of light 60mm infantry mortar was an indigenous copy of the American M2 60mm mortar series. The Am...
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1941
Walther Gewehr 41 (G41 / Gew 41)
The Gewehr 41 (or "Gew 41" or "G41") series semi-automatic rifle appeared in relatively few numbers for the German Army durin...
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1943
Walther Gewehr 43 (G43 / Gew 43)
The Gewehr 43 (Gew 43) became the next evolution of the Walther Gew 41(W), a self-loading, semi-automatic rifle that failed t...
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