Military Factory

Guns from 1940 to 1949

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/18/2015

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 (89) Firearms from 1940 to 1949 in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. This listing also includes smallarms of the period such as hand grenades and mortar systems.




1941
7.5cm Leichtgeschutz 40 (LG 40)
One of the greatest challenges facing warplanners since the advent of the air-dropped warrior - popu... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 7.5cm Leichtgeschutz 40 (LG 40)

1943
8.8cm Raketenwerfer 43 (Puppchen)
Just as the machine gun had altered the state of battlefields prior, the "tank" also arrived with mu... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 8.8cm Raketenwerfer 43 (Puppchen)

1944
ALFA 44 (Ametralladora ALFA Modelo 44)
The ALFA Modelo 44 (or "ALFA 44") machine gun was an indigenously designed Spanish machine gun appea... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the ALFA 44 (Ametralladora ALFA Modelo 44)

1944
Arisaka Type 4 / Type 5 (Japanese Garand)
The Type 4 / Type 5 rifle was a Japanese attempt to copy and mass-produce the classic American M1 Ga... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Arisaka Type 4 / Type 5 (Japanese Garand)

1942
AUSTEN SMG
With the impending Japanese threat to Australia, and its allies in the United States and Britain tie... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the AUSTEN SMG

1942
Beretta Model 38/42/43/44)
The Italian Army of World War 2 went into the conflict with the very modern Beretta Model 1938A subm... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Beretta Model 38/42/43/44)

1940
BESAL (Gun, Light, Machine, Faulkner, .303-inch)
During the critical early years of World War 2 (1939-1945), German forces held key northern French a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BESAL (Gun, Light, Machine, Faulkner, .303-inch)

1943
Blyskawica SMG
Under Adolf Hitler's direction, the German military began the invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Blyskawica SMG

1948
Carl-Gustav 84mm
The global reach of the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle emphasizes the popularity of the weapon, appear... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Carl-Gustav 84mm

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... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Carl-Gustav m/42 (Automatgevar m/42 / AG m/42 / Ljungman)

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,... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Carl-Gustav m/45 (Kulsprutepistol m/45 / Kpist m/45 / Swedish K)

1942
Charlton Automatic Rifle
Any study in World War 2 firearms largely covers those of the major participating world powers of th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Charlton Automatic Rifle

1943
De Lisle Carbine
The De Lisle silenced carbine was developed during 1942 as a time when the outcome of World War 2 wa... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the De Lisle Carbine

1943
Degtyarev DPM LMG
While the Degtyarev DP series of light machine guns proved a highly serviceable suppression weapon i... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Degtyarev DPM LMG

1941
Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (PTRD-41)
The Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (or "PTRD-41", shortened from "Protivo Tankovoye Ruzhyo Degtyaryova") was th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (PTRD-41)

1947
Dror LMG
Prior to the establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948, plans were already being laid for its figh... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Dror LMG

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... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Fabrique Nationale Model 1949 / SAFN (FN-49)

1942
Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42 / FjG42)
The Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42) was developed specifically for the lightly armed and mobile Germ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42 / FjG42)

1948
FBP SMG (Fabrica de Braco de Prata)
With development stemming from 1940, this Portuguese submachine gun evolved in the post-World War 2 ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the FBP SMG (Fabrica de Braco de Prata)

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 ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Flamethrower, Portable, No 2 (Lifebuoy)

1941
Flammenwerfer 41 (FmW 41)
All major powers of World War 2 fielded some sort of man-portable flamethrower (or "flame projector"... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Flammenwerfer 41 (FmW 41)

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 c... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the FP-45 (Liberator / OSS Pistol / M1942 Pistol)

1944
Giandoso TZ-45
The Italians were the first to introduce the machine gun and this was during 1915 in the midst of Wo... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Giandoso TZ-45

1943
Goryunov SG-43 HMG
For the Soviet Army of World War 2, the ages old PM Model 1910 was a serviceable, reliable weapon fo... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Goryunov SG-43 HMG

1945
Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr
The desperate situation of late-war Germany in World War 2 (1939-1945) was embodied in the "People's... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr

1946
Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout
The Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout is the law enforcement version of the civilian game / home defense Mode... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout

1941
Johnson Light Machine Gun
The Johnson Model 1941 Light Machine Gun (LMG) was a product of the Cranston Arms Company of Provide... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Johnson Light Machine Gun

1941
Johnson Model 1941
The Johnson Model 1941 faced off against the M1 Garand rifle before the start of hostilities that be... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Johnson Model 1941

1949
Kalashnikov AK-47
Towards the end of World War 2, when the Red Army had effectively thrust Hitler's war machine back a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kalashnikov AK-47

1940
KG m/40 LMG (Knorr-Bremse)
The lead-up to World War 2 (1939-1945) provided many weapons with the avenue needed to see serial pr... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the KG m/40 LMG (Knorr-Bremse)

1941
Lanchester (SMG)
After the heroic evacuation of the Dunkirk survivors and the subsequent Fall of France in 1940, the ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lanchester (SMG)

1944
Lee-Enfield Rifle No.5 Mk I (Jungle Carbine)
The Lee-Enfield bolt-action rifle to emerge from Britain in 1895 became one of the classic service r... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lee-Enfield Rifle No.5 Mk I (Jungle Carbine)

1942
M1 (Bazooka) / (2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1)
The M1 "Bazooka" proved one of the stars of the Allied cause during World War 2 and eventually inspi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1 (Bazooka) / (2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1)

1941
M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower
There are many ways in which to decimate one's enemy - arguably one of the most terrible being fire.... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower

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 e... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)

1941
M17 (T2 Grenade)
Prior to the wide scale adoption of man-portable, shoulder-fired rocket weapons during the Cold War,... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M17 (T2 Grenade)

1940
M1940 50mm (50-RM 40)
The Soviet 50mm light infantry mortar of World War 2 (1939-1945) evolved along a singular line begin... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1940 50mm (50-RM 40)

1941
M1941 82mm (82-PM 41)
Like the other major military powers of World War 2, the Soviet Union went on to adopted various cal... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1941 82mm (82-PM 41)

1943
M1943 120mm (120-PM 43)
The Soviet Army of World War 2 (1939-1945) fielded a wide variety of mortar-class weapons during the... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1943 120mm (120-PM 43)

1943
M1943 160mm (MT-13)
The M1943 (also known as the "MT-13") was a heavy field mortar utilized by the Soviet Army through t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1943 160mm (MT-13)

1943
M2 4.2-inch (Goon Gun)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M2 4.2-inch (Goon Gun)

1945
M20 75mm
Recoilless rifles are a specialized category of battlefield weaponry that see less service today tha... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M20 75mm

1943
M2-2 / M9A1-7
The M2 flamethrower (M2-2) served as the standard flamethrower of the US military during and after W... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M2-2 / M9A1-7

1943
M3 (Grease Gun)
The M3 "Grease Gun" was an economical weapons design meant to arm large quantities of American troop... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M3 (Grease Gun)

1944
M3A1 (Grease Gun) Suppressed
Designed in 1942 with serial production beginning in 1943, the original M3/M3A1 "Grease Gun" submach... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M3A1 (Grease Gun) Suppressed

1941
M9 HEAT
While the U.S. Army approved and adopted an anti-personnel rifle grenade in the "M17" of 1941, it al... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M9 HEAT

1942
Maschinengewehr Modell 42 (MG42)
As excellent as the multi-role MG34 machine gun of 1936 was to become, it became painfully apparent ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Maschinengewehr Modell 42 (MG42)

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) a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the MAT-49 (Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle 49)

1945
Mendoza Model 45
While the original Mendoza C-1934 light machine gun was already in circulation with the Mexican Army... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mendoza Model 45

1947
Mendoza RM-2
Mexican engineer Raphael Mendoza found success with his C-1934 Light Machine Gun which was accepted ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mendoza RM-2

1942
Mortar, 60mm M19
The M19 60mm mortar (the US equivalent to the British 2-inch) was developed during World War 2 for i... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mortar, 60mm M19

1940
Mortar, 60mm M2
The M2 60mm light mortar served US Army and Marine forces in World War 2 and through the Korean and ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mortar, 60mm M2

1945
MP3008 (Maschinenpistole 3008)
1945 proved a disastrous year for the German military. By April, Hitler's territories had shrunk to ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the MP3008 (Maschinenpistole 3008)

1940
MP40 (Maschinenpistole 40)
As the original German Army MP38 submachine gun series proving a success, it was also too expensive ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the MP40 (Maschinenpistole 40)

1941
MP41 (Maschinenpistole 41) / (Schmeisser)
German weapons engineer Hugo Schmeisser lent his talents to the design of the famous MP18 (Maschinen... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the MP41 (Maschinenpistole 41) / (Schmeisser)

1940
No. 68 AT
In the early 1900s, the "rifle grenade" as a viable battlefield weapon began to take form - its firs... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the No. 68 AT

1940
No. 73 AT (N73)
The "Miracle at Dunkirk" in Northern France that saw many British and French lives saved under the t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the No. 73 AT (N73)

1943
No. 82 Grenade (Gammon Bomb)
The hand grenade was used throughout World War 1 (1914-1918) in various forms and some models manage... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the No. 82 Grenade (Gammon Bomb)

1940
Northover Projector
With the invasion of Poland, Britain and France declared war on Germany in 1939. However, the situat... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Northover Projector

1942
Ordnance ML 4.2-inch Mortar
In attempting to keep step with the German Army and its successes during the early stages of World W... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ordnance ML 4.2-inch Mortar

1945
Ordnance, RCL, 3.45-inch
Recoilless guns/rifles get their categorization from their inherent ability to counter some of the v... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ordnance, RCL, 3.45-inch

1943
Orita Model 1941
The Romanian Army of World War 2 (1939-1945) utilized a variety of foreign-born weapons during its p... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Orita Model 1941

1941
Owen SMG (Owen Machine Carbine)
Despite its obvious battlefield value today, world militaries took some time to warm up to the idea ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Owen SMG (Owen Machine Carbine)

1943
Panzerfaust 30
The Panzerfaust series of hand-held disposable anti-tank rocket systems was a highly-feared adversar... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Panzerfaust 30

1943
Panzerfaust 60
The Panzerfaust 60 was an evolution of the Panzerfaust (meaning "Tank Fist" or "Armor Fist") disposa... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Panzerfaust 60

1943
Panzerschreck (Raketenpanzerbuchse / RPzB)
The Raketenpanzerbuchse (shortened to "RPzB" or commonly known as the "Panzerschreck" meaning "tank ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Panzerschreck (Raketenpanzerbuchse / RPzB)

1942
PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank)
With the large loss of anti-tank weaponry at the Battle of Dunkirk in northern France, the British w... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank)

1942
PPS-42 / PPS-43
The PPS submachine gun was designed by Leningrad engineer A. I. Sudayev in 1942. Leningrad was encir... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the PPS-42 / PPS-43

1941
PPSh-41 (Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina 41)
The Soviet Army began experimentation of submachine gun class weapons in the latter half of the 1920... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the PPSh-41 (Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina 41)

1941
Reising Model 50 (M50/M55)
Before the arrival of the various storied American firearms of World War 2 such as the M1 Thompson, ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Reising Model 50 (M50/M55)

1946
RP-46
While the Degtyarov DP Light Machine gun of 1928 served the Red Army quite well during World War2, t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the RP-46

1945
RPD (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova)
Developed as a portable, squad-level light machine gun, the RPD ("Ruchnoy Pulemot Degtyaryova" - "Ha... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the RPD (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova)

1949
RPG-2
The RPG-2 is a rocket-propelled grenade launching system. It can trace its history back to the end d... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the RPG-2

1940
RPG-40
RPG-40 (ruchnaya protivotankovaya granata, translating to "hand-held tank grenade") was a standard a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the RPG-40

1943
RPG-43
In June of 1941, the German Army invaded the Soviet Union through "Operation Barbarossa" beginning t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the RPG-43

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 be... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the RPG-6 (Ruchnaya Protivotankovaya Granata)

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. W... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Simonov PTRS 1941 (PTRS-41)

1945
Simonov SKS (Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova)
The Soviet-produced SKS, or the Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova, was the design of Sergei Gav... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Simonov SKS (Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova)

1941
STEN SMG
The British STEN submachine gun is one of those rare firearms in history that was born of desperatio... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the STEN SMG

1944
Sterling Submachine Gun (L2A1)
The submachine gun was developed as early as World War 1 but was not featured prominently in the bat... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sterling Submachine Gun (L2A1)

1942
Sturmgewehr 44 (StG44) / Maschinenpistole 44 (MP44)
The Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44, or still further the StG 44, is more commonly associated as being ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sturmgewehr 44 (StG44) / Maschinenpistole 44 (MP44)

1945
Sturmgewehr 45 (StG45(M)) / Maschinenpistole (45 MP45(M))
Towards the end of World War 2, all sides had realized the potential of automatic weapons to a high ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sturmgewehr 45 (StG45(M)) / Maschinenpistole (45 MP45(M))

1940
Tokarev SVT-40
Small arms ingenuity was an area that the Soviets held something of an advantage in over their Germa... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tokarev SVT-40

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 I... [Read More]
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 6... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 31 60mm

1942
United Defense UD-42 (Model 42 / M42)
A myriad of varied weapon types proliferated the market during, and after, World War 2. Many were pu... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the United Defense UD-42 (Model 42 / M42)

1945
Volkssturmgewehr VG (Series)
In the waning months of World War 2 (1939-1945) the desperation on the part of the Germans was such ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Volkssturmgewehr VG (Series)

1941
Walther Gewehr 41 (G41 / Gew 41)
The Gewehr 41 (or "Gew 41" or "G41") series semi-automatic rifle appeared in relatively few numbers ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Walther Gewehr 41 (G41 / Gew 41)

1943
Walther Gewehr 43 (G43 / Gew 43)
The Gewehr 43 (Gew 43) became the next evolution of the Walther Gew 41(W) of 1941 - a self-loading, ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Walther Gewehr 43 (G43 / Gew 43)