Military Factory

Infantry Guns and Other Small Arms

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/22/2015

Mankind has evolved a ways since the days of the spear, bringing about all new compact forms of infantry-level firepower.





There are a total of (931) Infantry Small Arms, Guns, Weapons and Equipment in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1913
17cm mittlerer Minenwerfer - Medium Trench Mortar
The 17cm mittlerer Minenwerfer was a portable mortar (or "mine projector") used by the Imperial Germ... [Read More]

1910
25cm schwerer Minenwerfer - Heavy Trench Mortar
The Imperial German Army enlisted several "trench mortars" during the fighting of World War 1 (1914-... [Read More]

1981
2B11 Sani (Sleigh) - 120mm Heavy Field Mortar
The 120mm 2B11 "Sani" ("Sleigh") was adopted by the Soviet Army in 1981 as a replacement to the stor... [Read More]

1970
2B9 Vasilek (Cornflower) - 82mm Towed Heavy Gun-Mortar
The mortar as a battlefield weapon has been a mainstay of militaries for decades. In 1970, the Sovie... [Read More]

1963
50mm Sky Horse - Light Field Mortar
Since the Viet Cong forces of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) lacked a settled industrial base from whic... [Read More]

1936
5cm leichte Granatwerfer 36 (leGrW 36) - 50mm Light Infantry Field Mortar
The 5-cm Granatwerfer 36 (abbreviated as "leGrW 36") was the standard light mortar utilized by the G... [Read More]

1914
7.58cm Minenwerfer - Light Rifled Trench Mortar
All of the major military powers of World War 1 made extensive use of mortars throughout their vario... [Read More]

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

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

1934
8cm schwere Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34) - Muzzle-Loading 80mm Medium Field Mortar
The 8-cm Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34) - Heavy Grenade-Launcher Model 1934 - was a German Army favorite t... [Read More]

1952
AAT-52 (Arme Automatique Transformable Modele 1952) - General Purpose Machine Gun
Introduced in 1952, the AAT-52 ("Arme Automatique Transformable Modele 1952") became the standardize... [Read More]

1983
AC58 (Anti-Char, 58mm) - Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade
The rifle grenade was a unique development in the realm of both firearms and hand grenades that dram... [Read More]

1999
Accuracy International AW50 - Anti-Materiel / Sniper Rifle
The Accuracy International AW50 resides in the same league of heavy battlefield guns that include th... [Read More]

1997
Accuracy International L115 - Sniper Rifle
Since the age of the rifle, snipers have played a vital role in battlefield actions, covering missio... [Read More]

1982
Accuracy International L96 - Sniper Rifle
The L96A1 is an Accuracy International-produced sniper rifle and currently the sniper rifle of choic... [Read More]

1998
Agram 2000 - Submachine Gun
Origins of the Croatian Agram 2000 stem from the Italian Beretta M12 series of submachine guns. Thes... [Read More]

2007
Akdal MKA 1919 - Semi-Automatic Combat Shotgun
Akdal Arms of Turkey manufactures what appears to be nothing more than a clone of the famous America... [Read More]

1944
ALFA 44 (Ametralladora ALFA Modelo 44) - Medium Machine Gun
The ALFA Modelo 44 (or "ALFA 44") machine gun was an indigenously designed Spanish machine gun appea... [Read More]

1848
Allen & Thurber Single-Shot - Single-shot, side-hammer pistol
The Allen & Thurber single-shot pistol was developed for competition shooting. It was a single-shot ... [Read More]

1860
Allen & Wheelock Drop Breech - Rifle
The Allen & Wheelock Drop Breech Rifle saw limited service in the American Civil War and only then w... [Read More]

1978
Al-Qadissiya Tabuk - Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
The Tabuk DMR, produced by Al-Qadissiya Establishments of Iraq, is classified as a "Designated Marks... [Read More]

1981
Al-Qadissiya Tariq - Semi-Automatic Pistol
In 1981, the nation of Iraq began local license production of the classic Beretta M1951 (Model 1951)... [Read More]

1977
AMT Hardballer - Semi-Automatic Pistol
From 1977 to 2002, the now-bankrupt Arcadia Machine and Tool (AMT) company of Irwindale, California,... [Read More]

AN/TPQ-36 Firefinding Radar - High-Mobility Weapon Locating Radar System
The AN/TPQ-36 Fire finder radar system is used to locate the origin of enemy fire - be it artillery ... [Read More]

1964
Anschutz Model 64 MP-R Multi-Purpose - Multi-Purpose Bolt-Action Repeating Target Rifle
The German Anschutz Model 64 MP-R was a bolt-action rifle appearing in 1964 and popularized through ... [Read More]

2008
Anzio Ironworks Corporation AIC Mag-Fed 20mm - Anti-Materiel Rifle
The AIC Mag-Fed rifle is a family of manually actuated, bolt-fed civilian-minded anti-material rifle... [Read More]

1960
APAV40 (Anti-Personnel / Anti-Vehicule, 40mm) - Anti-Personnel / Light Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade
The rifle grenade began receiving noticeable attention in the early part of the last century when th... [Read More]

1975
APS (Avtomat Podvodny Spetsialny) - Underwater Assault Rifle
Since special infantry elements require special weapons to achieve their given tasks, Soviet enginee... [Read More]

2012
Ares Defense Ares-16 Small Arms Family - Modular Automatic Weapon
The automatic rifle has evolved considerably from its rather single-minded battlefield role to becom... [Read More]

1986
Ares Defense FMG (Folding Machine Gun) - Submachine Gun Prototype
The Ares Defense FMG ("Folding Machine Gun") was a novel attempt by a gun manufacturer to create a c... [Read More]

2002
Ares Defense Shrike 5.56 Advanced Weapons System - Modular Weapons System
Ares Defense of the United States produces the impressive Shrike 5.56 "Advanced Weapon System" (AWS)... [Read More]

1984
Arges Type HG 84 (Hand Grenade) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The Arges Type HG 84 series anti-personnel fragmentation hand grenade is Austrian in nature. It is a... [Read More]

1905
Arisaka Type 38 - Bolt-Action Infantry Service Rifle
The Arisaka Type 38 (Rifle, Meiji 38th Year) was the standard rifle issued to the Imperial Japanese ... [Read More]

1944
Arisaka Type 4 / Type 5 (Japanese Garand) - Experimental Self-Loading / Semi-Automatic Service Rifle
The Type 4 / Type 5 rifle was a Japanese attempt to copy and mass-produce the classic American M1 Ga... [Read More]

1912
Arisaka Type 44 Cavalry Rifle - Carbine
The Type 44 Carbine (also known as the Type 44 "Cavalry Rifle") was a standardized Japanese Army bol... [Read More]

1939
Arisaka Type 99 (Rifle) - Bolt-Action Rifle
The Type 99 was one of the standard bolt-action combat rifles to be utilized by the Empire of Japan ... [Read More]

1958
ArmaLite / Colt AR-15 - Select-Fire Automatic Rifle
The ArmaLite / Colt AR-15 is one of the most favored automatic rifle systems in the world today. The... [Read More]

1969
ArmaLite AR-18 - Automatic Rifle
With Eugene Stoner's AR-15 rifle design firmly entrenched as the M16 under production by Colt, his A... [Read More]

1983
Armsel Striker - Semi-Automatic Shotgun
The Amsel Stiker was a two-handed, semi-automatic repeating shotgun firing a variety of 12 gauge amm... [Read More]

2012
Arsenal Firearms AF-1 (Strike One) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
An Italian-Russian joint venture under the Arsenal Firearms brand label has introduced a new hammerl... [Read More]

1999
Arsenal Shipka - Submachine Gun
The Shipka was developed to arm a variety of military personnel that would have a need for such a co... [Read More]

1987
AS Val (Avtomat Special'nyj) - Silenced Assault Rifle
The AS Val is a specialized automatic firearm of Soviet-era origin - essentially an assault rifle we... [Read More]

2000
ASM-DT (AAR) - Amphibious Assault Rifle
The ASM-DT was developed as a combination assault rifle / underwater weapon to serve specialist Russ... [Read More]

1992
AT-13 (Saxhorn-2) / 9K115-2 (Metis-M) - Wire-Guided Anti-Tank Missile System
The AT-13 "Saxhorn-2" is a man-portable anti-tank missile system of Russian origin and is a moderniz... [Read More]

1998
AT-14 (Spriggan) / 9M133 (Kornet) - Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) System
Russian military industry has not rested on its laurels with regards to viable armor-defeating measu... [Read More]

1970
AT-4 (Spigot) / 9M111 (Fagot) - Anti-Tank Guided Missile
The AT-4 Spigot anti-tank wire-guided missile system is similar to the French-made MILAN system, tho... [Read More]

1974
AT-5 (Spandrel) / 9M113 (Contest) - SACLOS Wire-Guided Anti-Tank Missile
The AT-5 (NATO codename of "Spandrel", Soviet Army designation of 9M113 "Konkurs") is a wire-guided ... [Read More]

1979
AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 (Mongrel) - Portable Anti-Tank Missile System
The AT-7 "Saxhorn" (officially Russian designation of "9K115 Metis", Metis translating to "Mongrel")... [Read More]

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

2015
Baher-23 - 23mm Very-Heavy Sniper Rifle
The Baher-23 is a new rifle adopted by the Iranian military for the very-heavy-sniper-rifle role. It... [Read More]

1801
Baker Rifle (Baker Infantry Rifle) - Muzzle-Loading Service Rifle
British Army authorities garnered much experience from its battles in the American Revolutionary War... [Read More]

1927
Ballester-Molina / HAFDASA - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Ballester-Molina is nothing more than an Argentine locally-produced copy of the successful Ameri... [Read More]

1912
Bangalore Torpedo - Demolition Charge
The Bangalore Torpedo was a British invention seen just prior to World War 1 (1914-1918) and develop... [Read More]

2008
Barrett M107 - Heavy Caliber Anti-Material / Anti-Personnel Sniper Rifle
The Barrett M107 began life as the Barrett M95 bolt-action operated sniper rifle (under the US Army ... [Read More]

1982
Barrett M82 - Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifle
Barrett Model 82, designated as the "M107" in US military service, was introduced in 1982 by the Ame... [Read More]

1990
Barrett M90 - Bullpup Anti-Material Rifle
With the arrival of the combat tank on the battlefields of World War 1 (1914-1918), the Germans hast... [Read More]

1995
Barrett M95 - Anti-Material Rifle (AMR)
The Barrett M82 was the first notable American-made .50 caliber Anti-Material Rifle (ATR) when intro... [Read More]

2007
Barrett REC7 (Reliablity-Enhanced Carbine 2007) - Assault Carbine
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is largely recognized for their massive, 0.50 caliber semi-automatic ... [Read More]

2014
Barrett XM109 OSW (Objective Sniper Weapon) - Prototype Anti-Material Grenade Launcher / Rifle System
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing of the United States had expanded upon the original Barrett M82/M107 ... [Read More]

1982
Benelli CB-M2 - Semi-Caseless Submachine Gun
During the 1980s, Italian firearms producer Benelli teamed with the Italian ammunition concern of Fi... [Read More]

1994
Benelli M1 Super 90 - Shotgun
Benelli Armi S.p.A. of Italy, founded by Giovanni Benelli, began design, development and production ... [Read More]

1995
Benelli M3 Super 90 - Pump-Action / Semi-Automatic Shotgun
The Italian concern of Benelli developed their improved M3 Super 90 shotgun following the arrival of... [Read More]

1999
Benelli M4 Super 90 / M1014 JSCS - Semi-Automatic Combat Shotgun
The Italian Benelli M4 "Super 90" 12-gauge, semi-automatic shotgun was adopted by the United States ... [Read More]

1985
Beretta AR70 - Automatic Rifle / Assault Carbine
The Beretta AR70 series serves as the standard-issue service rifle of the modern Italian Army. Desig... [Read More]

2008
Beretta ARX-160 - Modular Assault Rifle
The Beretta ARX-160 is a new entry into the modular automatic weapons field intended for military an... [Read More]

1979
Beretta AS70 LMG - Light Machine Gun / Squad Automatic Weapon
When Beretta set out to create their first 5.56mm caliber assault rifle line, they were forecasting ... [Read More]

2003
Beretta Cx4 Storm - Semi-Automatic Tactical Carbine
Based on the long-established foundations set by a never-ending line of excellent Beretta pistols is... [Read More]

2008
Beretta GLX-160 UBL - Single-Shot 40mm Grenade Launcher
Introduced in 2008, the Beretta GLX-160 was developed in concert with the ARX-160 assault rifle for ... [Read More]

1990
Beretta M9 - Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
In 1980, the US Army sought to replace its venerable - though highly outdated - Colt M1911A1 semi-au... [Read More]

1959
Beretta Model 12 - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
A stalwart of the Italian military inventory became the Beretta Model 1938 series submachine gun whi... [Read More]

1915
Beretta Model 1915 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Beretta Model of 1915 was the beginning of the long-running and storied Beretta semi-automatic p... [Read More]

1918
Beretta Model 1918 - Submachine Gun
While the Italians developed and issued the first submachine gun in World War 1, it was hardly the q... [Read More]

1934
Beretta Model 1934 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
Beretta - founded as far back as 1526 in Brescia, Italy - introduced their first semi-automatic pist... [Read More]

1935
Beretta Model 1935 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The storied firearms concern of Beretta was founded in 1526 by Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta out of Bre... [Read More]

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

1938
Beretta Model 38A - Submachine Gun
Italian submachine guns were born from the original Fiat-Revelli Modello 1915 "Villar-Perosa" weapon... [Read More]

1959
Beretta Model 59 (BM59) - Battle Rifle
The original M1 Garand became the world's first standard-issue self-loading rifle and served in the ... [Read More]

1975
Beretta Model 92 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Beretta concern of Italy has been making firearms since it was founded in 1526, today existing a... [Read More]

1986
Beretta Model 93R - Machine Pistol
The Beretta Model 93R (or simply "93R") was produced by the Italian firm of Pietro Beretta SpA out o... [Read More]

2003
Beretta Mx4 Storm - Submachine Gun
The Italian firearms concern of Beretta holds a long-running storied line dating back to 1526 - maki... [Read More]

2004
Beretta Px4 Storm - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Italian gun concern of Beretta has been making firearms since 1526 and semi-automatic pistols si... [Read More]

1968
Beretta RS-200 - Shotgun
The Beretta RS-200 series are an Italian short-barreled, pump-action shotgun utilized by military an... [Read More]

1918
Bergmann MP18/I (Maschinenpistole 18/I) - Submachine Gun
While much of the attention of early submachine guns is ultimately paid to the Germans and their MP1... [Read More]

1985
Bernardelli B4 - Tactical Combat Shotgun
The Bernardelli B4 series of gas-operated, tactical combat shotguns was a semi-automatic system util... [Read More]

1890
Berthier Rifle (Series) - Bolt-Action Service Rifle / Carbine
The bolt-action 8mm Model 1886 "Lebel" rifle was a French Army standard when introduced and proved a... [Read More]

1938
BESA (Gun, Machine, 7.92mm, BESA) - Vehicle / Tank Machine Gun
The British Army, heading into World War 2, adopted several machine guns of Czech design - the BREN ... [Read More]

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

1720
Blunderbuss - Short-Barreled, Short-Ranged Musket
The Blunderbuss (born of the Dutch word "Donderbus", appropriately meaning "Thunder Pipe" or "Thunde... [Read More]

1943
Blyskawica SMG - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
Under Adolf Hitler's direction, the German military began the invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1... [Read More]

1937
Boys ATR - Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifle
Recognizing the increased reliance on armor by the world's armies in the lead-up to World War 2 (193... [Read More]

1927
Brandt mle 27 (Mortier Brandt de 81mm modele 27) - Infantry Mortar
The Brandt mle 27 mortar served various world powers (in some form or another) throughout the latter... [Read More]

1937
Brandt mle 35 (Mortier Brandt de 60mm modele 35) - Light Infantry Mortar
... [Read More]

1937
Brandt mle 37 (Mortier Brandt de 50mm modele 37) - Infantry Light Mortar
... [Read More]

1986
Breda Folgore 80 - Reoilless Anti-Tank Rocket Weapon
Because of the threat posed by Soviet tank forces in Europe during the Cold War, many of the major p... [Read More]

1935
Breda Hand Grenade Model 1935 - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
In 1935, just prior to World War 2, the Italian Army adopted three infantry hand grenades under the... [Read More]

1930
Breda Modello 30 (Breda 30) - Light Machine Gun
Prior to World War 1 (1914-1918), Breda Meccanica Bresciana (or simply "Breda") was a heavy industry... [Read More]

1938
BREN LMG - Light Machine Gun / General Purpose Machine Gun
The BREN Light Machine Gun was the standard light machine gun of the British Army and Commonwealth f... [Read More]

1861
Bridesburg Model 1861 - Rifle Musket
The Bridesburg Model 1861 rifle-musket was produced for the US government during the American Civil ... [Read More]

1863
Bridesburg Model 1863 - Rifle Musket
The Bridesburg Model 1863 was a follow-up to the Bridesburg Model 1861. The rifle-musket was produce... [Read More]

1722
British Land Pattern Musket (Brown Bess) - Muzzle-Loading Service Musket
The Brown Bess was the standard musket of the British military during the height of its empirical re... [Read More]

1750
British Sea Service Pistol - Flintlock Pistol
With the wider acceptance of firearms, even the Age of Sail was not immune to the evolution seen in ... [Read More]

1902
Browning Auto-5 - Self-Loading, Semi-Automatic Shotgun
One of American gunsmith John Moses Browning's most famous designs (and one of the most popular shot... [Read More]

1983
Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action) - Semi-Automatic Pistol / Military Service Sidearm
Designed in 1983, the Browning BDA ("Browning Double-Action") was another semi-automatic pistol form... [Read More]

1935
Browning High-Power / FN GP35 - Single-Action; Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Browning High-Power (or Fabrique Nationale FN GP35 - "GP" for "Grande Puissance") has a lineage ... [Read More]

1917
Browning M1917 (Model 1917) - Belt-Fed, Water-Cooled Heavy Machine Gun
The Browning M1917 machine gun became one of those rare weapons in American military history that we... [Read More]

1918
Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) - Light Machine Gun / Squad Support Weapon
The M1918 BAR ("Browning Automatic Rifle") was born out of the World War One idea of a single soldie... [Read More]

1919
Browning M1919 GPMG - Medium Machine Gun
Like many of the infantry weapons made available to American servicemen of World War 2 (1939-1945), ... [Read More]

1921
Browning M2 (HMG) - Multi-role Heavy Machine Gun
Very few machine guns in the history of the world own a legacy such as that of famous the Browning M... [Read More]

1900
Browning Model 1900 / FN M1900 / Browning No. 1 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Browning Model 1900 was John Browning's first successful pistol design, further solidifying an a... [Read More]

1903
Browning Model 1903 / FN M1903 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Fabrique Nationale FN Model 1903 was a solid, well-traveled pistol used in both World Wars. The ... [Read More]

1910
Browning Model 1910 / FN M1910 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Model 1910 was another successful John Browning firearms design that was initially produced by t... [Read More]

1922
Browning Model 1922 (Model 1910/1922) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
In 1923, the Yugoslavian authorities contracted the Belgian concern of Fabrique Nationale to develop... [Read More]

2005
Brugger & Thomet APR (Advanced Precision Rifle) - Sniper Rifle
The Brugger & Thomet APR (Advanced Precision Rifle) is billed as a complete sniper systems package t... [Read More]

2008
Brugger & Thomet GL-06 - Single-Shot Grenade Launcher
The Brugger & Thomet GL-06 is a single-shot, reusable grenade launcher originating from Switzerland.... [Read More]

2004
Brugger & Thomet MP9 - Machine Pistol / Submachine Gun (SMG)
Introduced in 2004, the Brugger & Thomet MP9 became a further development of the Steyr TMP ("Tactica... [Read More]

1856
Burnside Carbine - Breech-Loading Carbine Rifle
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the... [Read More]

1992
Bushmaster M17S - Bull-Pup Civilian/Sporting Rifle/Carbine
The M17S was a commercial "bull-pup" rifle system sold by the Bushmaster Firearms company of Windham... [Read More]

1990
Calico M960 - Submachine Gun
The Calico M960 is a roller-delayed blowback submachine gun-class weapon marketed primarily to milit... [Read More]

2007
Caracal CP - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Caracal CP name represents a new line of semi-automatic pistols, the first such weapons to emerg... [Read More]

1892
Carcano Modello 1891 (M91) - Bolt-Action Service Rifle / Carbine
The Carcano Modello 1891 (Model 1891) was the standard Italian Army service rifle of both World Wars... [Read More]

1948
Carl-Gustav 84mm - Multi-role Shoulder-Fired Recoilless Rifle
The global reach of the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle emphasizes the popularity of the weapon, appear... [Read More]

1921
Carl-Gustav m/21-m37 (Kulsprutegevar KG m/21-m/37) - Light Machine Gun / Squad Support Weapon
The Belgian concern of Fabrique National began license production of the famous M1918 Browning Autom... [Read More]

1942
Carl-Gustav m/42 (Automatgevar m/42 / AG m/42 / Ljungman) - Self-Loading, Semi-Automatic Service Rifle
While remaining neutral during World War 2, Sweden did not rest on its laurels when fearing invasion... [Read More]

1945
Carl-Gustav m/45 (Kulsprutepistol m/45 / Kpist m/45 / Swedish K) - Submachine Gun
World War 2 showcased to the Swedes a general lacking of indigenous firearms. As an interim measure,... [Read More]

2014
Carl-Gustav M4 (CGM4) - Man-Portable, Shoulder-Fired Multi-role Weapon
The M4 model of the Carl-Gustav recoilless rifle series was debuted in 2014 by Saab Bofors Dynamics ... [Read More]

1993
Ceska Zbrojovka CZ2000 - Assault Rifle / Submachine Gun / Light Machine Gun
After design work began in the early 1990s, a new Czech automatic assault rifle - showcasing the dis... [Read More]

1976
Ceska Zbrojovka CZ75 (Phantom) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The CZ75, as its designation suggests, was designed and introduced in 1975 and entered serial produc... [Read More]

2009
Ceska Zbrojovka CZ805 BREN - Assault Rifle / Carbine / Designated Marksman Rifle
Since 1959, the Czech Army relied on their venerable vz. 58 assault rifles, these weapons externally... [Read More]

2001
Ceska Zbrojovka Scorpion EVO3 - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
In 2001, Ceska Zbrojovka introduced an all-modern, compact-minded submachine gun chambered for the 9... [Read More]

1924
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 24 - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
The Czech city of Brno has long served as a hub for quality small arms design, development and produ... [Read More]

1927
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 27 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
Ceska Zbrojovka is a storied firearms concern that originated in the former Czechoslovakia in the ye... [Read More]

1930
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 30 - Light Machine Gun
Czechoslovakia proved itself a most capable arms developer during the interwar years between World W... [Read More]

1955
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 52/57 - Light Support Machine Gun
Introduced some ten years after World War 2, the Vz. 52/57 saw use in some numbers. As the vz. 52, t... [Read More]

1959
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 58 - Assault Rifle
Czechoslovakia was "reborn" following World War 2 but fell under the Soviet sphere of influence thro... [Read More]

1959
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 59 - General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
Throughout the 1950s, Czechoslovakia evolved their General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) design beginni... [Read More]

1961
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 61 (Skorpion) - Machine Pistol / Submachine Gun
The Skorpion submachine gun is originally of Czechoslovakian origin and was designed in the late 195... [Read More]

1938
Ceska Zbrojovka ZK-383 - Submachine Gun / Squad Support Weapon
The ZK-383 was a local Czech development of a submachine gun system brought about prior to World War... [Read More]

1982
CETME Ameli (Ametralladora CETME Modelo Ameli ) - Light Machine Gun
Despite an appearance akin to the German war-time MG42 general purpose machine gun, the CETME Ameli ... [Read More]

1958
CETME Modelo 58 / Modelo B (Assault Rifle Modelo 58 / Modelo B) - Assault Rifle
The CETME Model 58 holds its origins in the StG 45(M) assault rifle prototype of World War 2. This a... [Read More]

1717
Charleville Musket - Muzzle-Loading Musket
The Charleville Musket, gaining its name from it place of manufacturer, this being the French main a... [Read More]

1942
Charlton Automatic Rifle - Semi-Automatic Rifle / Light Machine Gun
Any study in World War 2 firearms largely covers those of the major participating world powers of th... [Read More]

1929
Chatellerault Model 1929 (modele 1924/29) - Light Machine Gun
Prior to World War 2, a reliable squad level light machine gun eluded the French military for a cons... [Read More]

2001
CheyTac Intervention - Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
The CheyTac Intervention is a sniper weapons system developed by the American firm of CheyTac Associ... [Read More]

1968
China Lake Grenade Launcher - 40mm Pump-Action Grenade Launcher
The US military attempted - through several notable endeavors - to provide a capable squad-level rep... [Read More]

1991
CIS / ST Kinetics 50MG (Fifty) - Heavy Machine Gun
In an effort to produce an indigenous product that utilized the existing .50 BMG/12.7x99 NATO standa... [Read More]

2008
CIS / ST Kinetics CPW (Compact Personal Weapon) - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
The Singaporean concern of ST Kinetics (Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd) is no stranger to the d... [Read More]

1999
CIS / ST Kinetics SAR-21 - Assault Rifle
Singapore conducted several attempts in the 1980s to produce an indigenous assault rifle worthy of t... [Read More]

1984
CIS / ST Kinetics SAR-80 - Assault Rifle
The Armalite AR-15 assault rifle was already in circulation with the Singapore Armed Forces througho... [Read More]

1988
CIS / ST Kinetics SR-88 - Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS - now known as ST Kinetics) developed the SAR-80 Assault Rifl... [Read More]

1982
CIS / ST Kinetics Ultimax 100 / U100 / M100 - Light Machine Gun
The Ultimax 100 lightweight infantry support weapon was designed in 1977 by American firearms engine... [Read More]

1999
CNPMIEC FeiNn-6 (HongYing-6) / FN-6 (Flying Crossbow) - MAN-Portable, Air Defense System (MANPADS)
... [Read More]

1969
Colt / AAI M203 - 40mm Single-Shot Breech-Loading Underslung Grenade Launcher
The M203 is a single-shot, reusable 40mm grenade launcher designed to extend the reach of the standa... [Read More]

1990
Colt Anaconda - Revolver
Continuing the Colt tradition of excellent revolvers named after snakes, the concern delivered their... [Read More]

1895
Colt Browning M1895 (Potato Digger) - Air-Cooled Machine Gun
Convinced of the inherent value of machine guns based on experiences in the Spanish American War of ... [Read More]

1984
Colt Canada / Diemaco C7 - Assault Rifle / Carbine / Designated Marksman Rifle / Squad Automatic Weapon
The C7 assault rifle stemmed from the Canadian decision to go with the NATO 5.56mm cartridge as the ... [Read More]

1988
Colt Canada / Diemaco C8 - Assault Carbine
The Diemaco (now Colt Canada) C8 is the "assault carbine" form of the C7 - the C7 being the standard... [Read More]

1966
Colt CAR-15 Commando (XM177) - Assault Carbine / Submachine Gun
The Colt CAR-15 Commando (XM177) was an assault carbine developed during the United States military ... [Read More]

2013
Colt LE901 - Carbine
The Colt LE901 line is geared towards the medium/large game enthusiast and features a semi-automatic... [Read More]

1983
Colt M16A2 - Assault Rifle
The M16A2 became the follow up design to the much-maligned M16 debuting with American forces from 19... [Read More]

1990
Colt M16A4 - Automatic Rifle
The M16A4 is the fourth incarnation of the now-successful M16 series of automatic assault rifles. Th... [Read More]

1911
Colt M1911 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Colt model M1911 series of pistols is one of the most successful small arms designs of the 20th ... [Read More]

1994
Colt M4 - Assault Carbine
The M4/M4A Carbine is a 5.56mm compact, lightweight, gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed weapon s... [Read More]

1993
Colt M4A1 SOPMOD - Carbine Rifle with Special Forces Modification Kit
The M4A1 SOPMOD is a derivative model of the base M4 Carbine of the United States military. The M4 C... [Read More]

1986
Colt MEU(SOC) - Pistol
The MEU(SOC) represents the ultimate evolution of the M1911 Colt system which appeared in the early ... [Read More]

1848
Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon) - Five-Shot Percussion Revolver
The success of the Colt Model 1848 "Dragoon" line (described in a separate entry) prompted Samuel Co... [Read More]

1848
Colt Model 1848 (Dragoon) - Six-Shot Percussion Revolver
The Colt Model 1848 "Dragoon" (meaning "Dragon" in French) was another design by famed American guns... [Read More]

1849
Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver - Percussion Revolver
The Colt Model 1849 "Pocket Revolver" was Colt's answer when replacing their "Baby Dragoon" series o... [Read More]

1851
Colt Model 1851 Navy - Percussion Revolver
At the end of the 1840's Samuel Colt was hard at work designing a new revolver of .36 caliber, this ... [Read More]

1855
Colt Model 1855 (Root Revolver) - Single-Action Six-Shot Revolver
Early Colt revolvers operated from what was known as an "open frame" design meaning that there was n... [Read More]

1855
Colt Model 1855 Revolving Carbine - Six-Shot Rifle
The Colt Revolving Rifle of 1855 - aptly named the "Model 1855" - was an attempt to provide the repe... [Read More]

1860
Colt Model 1860 New Army - Six-Shot Percussion Revolver
Colt brought about their New Army Model revolver in 1860 and it quickly proved itself the definitive... [Read More]

1861
Colt Model 1861 Navy - Six-Shot Percussion Revolver
Design of the Colt Model 1861 Navy was not unlike Colt's previous "Navy" offering - the Model 1851 N... [Read More]

1862
Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy - Five-Shot Percussion Revolver
The success of the original Colt Model 1851 Navy (sold in 215,000 examples) provided the foundation ... [Read More]

1862
Colt Model 1862 Police - Five-Shot Percussion Revolver
The Colt Model 1862 Police percussion revolver was intended for security personnel and followed the ... [Read More]

1898
Colt Model 1898 (New Service) - Six-Shot Revolver
In 1898, Colt Firearms unveiled a new six-shot revolver chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge as the ... [Read More]

1903
Colt Model 1903 (Pocket Hammerless) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless (or M1903) was a semi-automatic pistol from the long line of f... [Read More]

1917
Colt Model 1917 - Service Revolver
When the Americans formally entered World War 1 in 1917, they lacked much in the way of viable fight... [Read More]

1955
Colt Python - Revolver
The Colt Python is regarded by many gun purists and firearms experts as quite possibly the finest do... [Read More]

1873
Colt Single Action Army (Colt 45 / Peacemaker) - Six-Shot Percussion Revolver
The Colt firearms firm certainly hit its stride in the 1800s, helped no doubt by the American Civil ... [Read More]

1861
Colt Special Model 1861 - Musket
The Colt Special Model 1861 Musket was nothing more than a retooled version of the Springfield Model... [Read More]

1847
Colt Walker - Revolver
Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker (1817-1847) served as a Texas Ranger and within the US military throu... [Read More]

1860
Cook & Brother Carbine - Carbine Musket
The Cook & Brother Carbine was another in the long line of muzzle-loading muskets utilized in the gr... [Read More]

1860
Cooper Pocket Double Action - Five-Shot Percussion Revolver
Many firearms manufacturers of the late 1800s were overshadowed by the likes of Colt and Remington b... [Read More]

1862
Cosmopolitan Carbine - Percussion Carbine
The Cosmopolitan Carbine was a percussion-based carbine firearm produced out of the Cosmopolitan Arm... [Read More]

2002
CZW 438 PDW - Submachine Gun / Personal Defense Weapon
The CZW 438 is a modern Czech automatic weapon offering for the Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) role. ... [Read More]

1987
Daewoo K2 - Assault Rifle
The Daewoo K2 series assault rifle is the standard assault rifle of the South Korean Army. The weapo... [Read More]

1991
Daewoo K3 - Light Machine Gun
The Daewoo K3 is a squad automatic weapon (SAW) and light machine gun currently in service with the ... [Read More]

1990
Daewoo K6 - Heavy Machine Gun
The Daewoo K6 HMG is a locally-produced South Korea copy of the fabled American M2 Browning Heavy Ma... [Read More]

1911
Davis Gun - Recoilless Aircraft Rifle
Even as early as World War 1 (1914-1918) - the war that introduced the aircraft as a viable combat p... [Read More]

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

2009
Defcom XL200 - Single-Shot 40mm Underslung Grenade Launcher
Defcom LLC of Commerce, Michigan, USA has developed the XL200 40mm rail-mounted grenade launcher as ... [Read More]

2009
Defcom XL79 Composite - Single-Shot 40mm Grenade Launcher
The XL79 Composite is a modernized form of the Vietnam War-era M79 single-shot grenade launcher. The... [Read More]

1928
Degtyarev DP LMG (DP28) - Light Machine Gun
The DP Light Machine Gun (DP LMG), sometimes known as the DP-27 or DP-28 and nicknamed the "Record P... [Read More]

1943
Degtyarev DPM LMG - Light Support / Vehicle Machine Gun
While the Degtyarev DP series of light machine guns proved a highly serviceable suppression weapon i... [Read More]

1941
Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (PTRD-41) - Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifle
The Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (or "PTRD-41", shortened from "Protivo Tankovoye Ruzhyo Degtyaryova") was th... [Read More]

1998
Denel NTW-20 - Anti-Materiel Rifle
While sniper rifles and their trained snipers specialize in targeting and engagement of personnel, a... [Read More]

1999
Denel PAW-20 Neopup - Semi-Automatic Grenade Launcher
The Denel PAW-20 "Neopup" ("Personal Area Weapon, 20mm") of South African origin is a unique and adv... [Read More]

2003
Denel Y3 AGL - Automatic Grenade Launcher
All major modern armies rely on some form of automatic grenade launcher: for the United States and i... [Read More]

1825
Deringer (Derringer Pocket Pistol) - Concealed-Carry Pocket Pistol
The word "derringer" was a generic name for super-compact pistols of the 19th Century. The title ste... [Read More]

1842
Deringer Model 1842 Navy - Percussion Cap, Rifled Barrel Pistol
Henry Deringer was well-known for his pocket pistols to the point that many eventually carried the ... [Read More]

1850
Devisme Percussion Revolver - Five-Shot, Double-Action Revolver
F.P. Devisme was a highly skilled weapons maker based in Paris, France. While not exclusively known ... [Read More]

1862
Dickson Nelson & Co Rifle - Percussion Smoothbore Rifle Musket
Confederate arms suppliers of the American Civil War utilized whatever means to supply their army wh... [Read More]

2004
DIO KH2002 (Khaybar) - Bullpup Assault Rifle
In the 1980s, Chinese manufacturer NORINCO (NORth Industries COrporation) began local production of ... [Read More]

1978
DM51 (Handgranate Spreng) - Dual-Purpose Hand Grenade
In 1978, the West German Army adopted the DM51 assault/fragmentation hand grenade. Design work on th... [Read More]

1963
Dragunov SVD - Sniper Rifle
The Dragunov SVD sniper rifle is an automatic rifle based on the Kalashnikov rifle series. The weapo... [Read More]

1879
Dreyse Reichsrevolver Model 1879 (Trooper / Cavalry Model) - Six-Round Single-Action (SA) Service Revolver
The Reichsrevolver ("Government Revolver") Model 1879 (also known as the "Trooper" or Cavalry" model... [Read More]

1883
Dreyse Reichsrevolver Model 1883 (Officer / Infantry Model) - Six-Round Single-Action (SA) Service Revolver
Introduced in 1883, the Model 1883 Reichsrevolver served as a standard-issue sidearm with the Imperi... [Read More]

1947
Dror LMG - Squad Support Weapon / Light Machine Gun
Prior to the establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948, plans were already being laid for its figh... [Read More]

1938
DShK Model 1938 - Heavy Machine Gun
The Soviet DShK Model 1938 heavy machine gun was developed to a Red Army requirement prior to World ... [Read More]

2008
DTA Stealth Recon Scout A1 (SRS-A1) - Bullpup Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
In 2008, Desert Tactical Arms (DTA) revealed its "Stealth Recon Scout" sniper rifle in .338 Lapua Ma... [Read More]

1765
Duval Model 1765 - Flintlock Pistol
The Washington Naval Yard of Washington, D.C. holds a flintlock pistol in its collection that report... [Read More]

1963
Dynamit Nobel Panzerfaust 2 (PzF 44 2A1) - 67mm Shoulder-Fired, Recoilless Rocket Launcher
Many of the Western-aligned nations of post-World War 2 Europe relied on the proven American "Bazook... [Read More]

2000
Dynamit Noble MATADOR (Man-portable Anti-Tank, Anti-DOor) - 90mm Man-Portable, Shoulder-Fired Rocket Launcher
The MATADOR disposable anti-tank, shoulder-fired rocket system saw its development during the latter... [Read More]

1992
Dynamit-Nobel Panzerfaust 3 - Single-Shot Disposable Anti-tank Rocket Launcher
The Panzerfaust 3 (PzF 3) is a 60mm single-shot, shoulder-launched disposable anti-tank rocket proje... [Read More]

1954
Enfield L1A1 SLR (Self-Loading Rifle) - Battle Rifle
The L1A1 was the standard British Army infantry assault rifle from the mid-1950's through to the lat... [Read More]

1957
Enfield L4 (BREN) - Light Support Machine Gun
The L4A1 is nothing more than a modified World War 2-era Bren Gun, .303 Series chambered to fire the... [Read More]

1963
Enfield L7 GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) - Light Support Machine Gun
The British L7 GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun - though sometimes called 'Gimpy' or 'Jimpy') serie... [Read More]

1985
Enfield L85 IW (Individual Weapon) (SA80) - Assault Rifle / Carbine
After British participation in World War 2 (1939-1945) had ended, thought was given to modernizing A... [Read More]

1986
Enfield L86 LSW (Light Support Weapon) - Light Machine Gun
The L86 LSW (Light Support Weapon) was developed concurrently with the L85 IW (Individual Weapon) of... [Read More]

1880
Enfield Mk I / Mk II - Service Revolver
The Enfield Mk I/Mk II series of service revolvers appeared late in the 19th Century amidst a period... [Read More]

1853
Enfield Model 1853 - Rifle-Musket
The Enfield Pattern 1853 (or .577 Enfield) rifle-musket was the standard-issue musket of the British... [Read More]

1932
Enfield No. 2 - Service Revolver
Since World War 1, the British Army appreciated its large caliber revolvers mainly due to their inhe... [Read More]

1990
Eurometaal Nr20 - Anti-Personnel Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The Eurometaal Nr20 series fragmentation hand grenade was developed for service with the Royal Nethe... [Read More]

2006
F1 (Hand Grenade - Australia) - Hand Grenade
F1 designates the standard fragmentation hand grenade of the modern Australian Army (otherwise known... [Read More]

1915
F1 (Hand Grenade - France) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The F1 served the French Army through World War 1 and World War 2 as a standard anti-personnel fragm... [Read More]

1939
F1 (Hand Grenade - Soviet) - Hand Grenade
"F1" is used to designate a variety of hand grenades of modern design and of the 20th century. The S... [Read More]

2000
Fabrique Nationale Five-seveN - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Fabrique Nationale FN Five-seveN is a self-cocking, semi-automatic pistol that has seen service ... [Read More]

1974
Fabrique Nationale FN Barracuda - Six-Shot Revolver
The FN Barracuda was a security service pistol proposed by the Belgium firm of Fabrique Nationale an... [Read More]

1966
Fabrique Nationale FN CAL - Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
In 1962, the United States adopted the famous M16 assault rifle and, along with its selection, came ... [Read More]

2001
Fabrique Nationale FN F2000 - Assault Rifle
Introduced in 2001, the FN F2000 was billed as a next-generation weapons system with modularity of d... [Read More]

1953
Fabrique Nationale FN FAL - Battle Rifle
Origins of the famous FAL lay in Fabrique Nationale's previous design, the SAFN/Modele 49, a self-lo... [Read More]

1978
Fabrique Nationale FN FNC - Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
The Fabrique Nationale FNC ("Fusil Nouveau Type Carabine") emerged from the commercial failure that ... [Read More]

1930
Fabrique Nationale FN M1930 (BAR) - Light Machine Gun
The original Browning Automatic Rifle was developed for the US Army during World War 1 to replace th... [Read More]

1933
Fabrique Nationale FN M2HB - Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
Like other John Browning gun designs, his famous Browning M2 Heavy Machine Gun ended up produced in ... [Read More]

2009
Fabrique Nationale FN M3P - Belt-Fed Vehicle Heavy Machine Gun
The Fabrique Nationale (FN Herstal) FN M3P is a vehicle machine gun based on the hugely successful B... [Read More]

1958
Fabrique Nationale FN MAG - General Purpose Machine Gun
The FN MAG ("Mitrailleuse d'Appui General") was developed by the Belgian concern of Fabrique Nationa... [Read More]

1982
Fabrique Nationale FN Minimi - Light Support Machine Gun / Squad Automatic Weapon
The Fabrique National FN Minimi has quickly evolved into the light-support gun of choice by several ... [Read More]

1932
Fabrique Nationale FN Mle D (BAR) - Light Machine Gun
The original John Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) was introduced during World War 1 wi... [Read More]

1976
Fabrique Nationale FN Model 30-11 - Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
With the standardization to NATO calibers for guns of Western countries during the Cold War, Europea... [Read More]

1990
Fabrique Nationale FN P90 - Submachine Gun (SMG) / Personal Defense Weapon (PDW)
The Fabrique Nationale FN P90 of Belgian origin is marketed as a "Personal Defense Weapon" with qual... [Read More]

2009
Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Mk 16 / Mk 17) - Modular Automatic Rifle
The Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Special forces Combat Assault Rifle) will feature prominently in the... [Read More]

2008
Fabrique Nationale FN SLP (Self-Loading Police) - Self-Loading Shotgun
The Fabrique Nationale (FN Herstal) SLP (Self-Loading Police) is a modern, tactical-level, repeat-fi... [Read More]

2004
Fabrique Nationale FN SPR (Special Police Rifle (SPR) - Sniper Rifle
Fabrique National developed the FN Special Police Rifle (SPR) from the successful and highly regarde... [Read More]

1995
Fabrique Nationale FN TPS (Tactical Police Shotgun) - Pump-Action Shotgun
The Belgian concern of Fabrique Nationale developed and marketed the FN Police 12ga as a conventiona... [Read More]

1977
Fabrique Nationale M240 GPMG - General Purpose Machine Gun / Medium Machine Gun
The M240 is the American copy of the Belgian Fabrique Nationale (FN) MAG-58 series of excellent, gas... [Read More]

1984
Fabrique Nationale M249 SAW / LMG - Light Machine Gun / Squad Support Weapon
When the United States Army moved to adopt a new light machine gun, it selected the excellent Belgia... [Read More]

2003
Fabrique Nationale Mk 46 LWMG - Light Weight Machine Gun
In the early 2000s, USSOCOM (United States Special Operations COMmand) began a program to replace it... [Read More]

2003
Fabrique Nationale Mk 48 LWMG - Light Weight Machine Gun
The Mk 48 is the larger-caliber complement to the Mk 46 developed by the Belgian concern of Fabrique... [Read More]

1949
Fabrique Nationale Model 1949 / SAFN (FN-49) - Self-Loading, Semi-Automatic Service Rifle
In the lead up to World War 2 (1939-1945) (and during the war), there was a noticeable shift towards... [Read More]

1942
Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42 / FjG42) - Automatic Rifle / Light Machine Gun
The Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42) was developed specifically for the lightly armed and mobile Germ... [Read More]

1993
FAMAE SAF - Submachine Gun
The SAF is an impressive-looking Chilean submachine gun designed and developed by state-owned FAbric... [Read More]

1981
FARA 83 / FAA 81 (Fusil Automatico Republica Argentina) - Assault Rifle
For decades the Argentine Army (and many militaries around the world for that matter) utilized the e... [Read More]

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

1915
Fedorov Avtomat M1916 - Automatic Rifle
While bolt-action rifles were the call of the day at the turn of the century and leading into World ... [Read More]

1935
FEG 35M (Mannlicher M1935) - Bolt-Action Rifle
Following the end of World War 1, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was no more, giving rise to the "Kingd... [Read More]

1977
FEG AK-63 / AMM - Assault Rifle
Hungary, falling under the Soviet sphere of influence during the Cold War, made extensive use of the... [Read More]

1963
FEG AKM-63 - Assault Rifle
The Hungarian AKM-63 was a modernized version of the fabled Soviet Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle s... [Read More]

1967
FEG AMD-65 - Assault Rifle
With the AKM-63 firmly entrenched as the standard-issue Hungarian assault rifle, attention was given... [Read More]

1937
FEG Model 37M - Semi-Automatic Pistol
Hungarian engineer Rudolf Frommer worked his way up the company ranks of Budapest-based FEG ("Femaru... [Read More]

1914
FIAT-Revelli Modello 1914 - Medium Machine Gun
The FIAT-Revelli Modello 1914 (Machine Gun, System Revelli, Model 14) was the first large-scale indi... [Read More]

1915
FIAT-Revelli Modello 1915 (Villar Perosa) - Submachine Gun / Light Machine Gun
The submachine gun was born in a World War 1 requirement seeking a high-volume weapon capable of cle... [Read More]

1935
FIAT-Revelli Modello 1935 - Heavy Machine Gun
The FIAT-Revelli Model 1935 (Modello 35) of 1935 was a modernization of the World War 1-era FIAT-Rev... [Read More]

1943
Flamethrower, Portable, No 2 (Lifebuoy) - Man-Portable Flamethrower
Unlike the American, German and Soviet armies of World War 2, the British Army was never as large a ... [Read More]

1935
Flammenwerfer 35 (FmW 35) - Man-Portable Flame Thrower
The crew-portable flamethrower came into prominence on the modern battlefield in World War 1 (1914-1... [Read More]

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

2014
Fostech Arms Origin-12 - Semi-Automatic Tactical Shotgun
The semi-automatic shotgun has been was a welcomed departure from earlier single- and twin-barreled ... [Read More]

1942
FP-45 (Liberator / OSS Pistol / M1942 Pistol) - Single-Shot Pistol
Origins of the FP-45 single-shot pistol place it as an initiative by the US Army, intending to arm c... [Read More]

1956
Franchi LF-57 - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
The Franchi LF-57 proved a high-quality submachine gun design attempt that was only limited by the g... [Read More]

1990
Franchi Model PA (Series) - Pump-Action Tactical Shotgun
The Franchi PA is a modern pump-action shotgun developed by the Italian concern of Franchi primarily... [Read More]

1979
Franchi SPAS-12 - Combat Shotgun
The Franchi SPAS-12 was a semi-automatic, 12-gauge shotgun noted for its variable-mode firing method... [Read More]

1996
Franchi SPAS-15 - Automatic Combat Shotgun
The Franchi SPAS-15 shotgun is an automatic shotgun capable of firing multiple rounds without the ne... [Read More]

1820
Francotte Pinfire - Revolver
The Francotte Pinfire Revolver was Belgian in origin, work completed by the firm of A. Francotte a L... [Read More]

1925
Furrer Model 25 (M25) - Light Machine Gun (LMG)
In 1925, the Swiss Army adopted a new Light Machine Gun (LMG) design as the "Furrer M25" (or "Model... [Read More]

1917
Fusil Automatique Modele 1917 (Model 1917 RSC) - Semi-Automatic / Bolt-Action Service Rifle
The culmination of work begun by French arms experts in the early 1900s produced the now-largely for... [Read More]

2008
Fusil FX-05 Xiuhcoatl (Fire Snake) - Assault Rifle
Seeking to upgrade their supplies of standard-issue HK G3A3 series assault rifles, Mexican authoriti... [Read More]

1915
Fusil-Mitrailleur Modele 1915 CSRG (Chauchat) - Light Machine Gun (LMG)
One of the most derided guns in military history - the French "Chauchat" light machine gun - receive... [Read More]

1898
Gasser & Rast Model 1898 - Eight-Round Double-Action Revolver
The Gasser & Rast Model 1898 service revolver was a handgun utilized by the Austro-Hungarian Army at... [Read More]

1870
Gasser Model 1870 Army Service - Six-Round Revolver
The Gasser Model 1870 Army Service pistol became the standard sidearm of cavalry units in service to... [Read More]

1861
Gatling Gun Model 1861 - Ten-Barrel Towed Battlefield Weapon System
Richard Gatling patented his ferocious weapon in the early 1860s and the type was subsequently used ... [Read More]

1981
General Dynamics / Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger - Man-Portable, Air Defense Missile System
The FIM-92 Stinger is a portable, lightweight anti-aircraft defense system currently in service with... [Read More]

1968
General Dynamics FIM-43 Redeye - Man-Portable Air Defense System
The FIM-43 "Redeye" was a man-portable anti-aircraft missile launcher requiring only a single crewme... [Read More]

2006
General Dynamics Mk 47 Striker AGL (Mk 47 Mod 0) - 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
The Mk 47 "Striker" stands as the successor to the storied Mk 19 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AG... [Read More]

2004
General Dynamics XM307 (ACSW) Advanced Crew-Served Weapon - Prototype Automatic Grenade Launcher
The XM307 was born from the since-abandoned "Advanced Crew Served Weapon" (ACSW) project as part of ... [Read More]

2004
General Dynamics XM312 HMG - Prototype Heavy Machine Gun
At one point, the General Dynamics XM312 was being developed to replace the venerable and tenured - ... [Read More]

2009
General Dynamics XM806 (LW50MG) - Prototype Heavy Machine Gun
The XM806 was initially developed as a "lightweight" heavy-class, belt-fed machine gun for the Unite... [Read More]

1965
General Electric GAU-17/A Minigun - Six-Barrel Gatling Gun
The General Electric GAU-17/A "minigun" represents the USAF/USN derivative of the U.S. Army's Vietna... [Read More]

1963
General Electric M134 Minigun - Six-Barrel Gatling Gun
The vehicle-mounted General Electric M134 "Minigun" was born as a derivative of the 20mm General Ele... [Read More]

1990
Gepard M1 - Single-Shot Bolt-Action Anti-Material Rifle
The Gepard M1 was a Hungarian-originated heavy rifle intended for use against light-armored vehicles... [Read More]

1990
Gepard M2 - Anti-Material Rifle (AMR)
As a follow-up to the single-shot, bolt-action Gepard M1 of 1990, Hungarian engineers returned to th... [Read More]

1990
Gepard M3 (14.5mm) - Semi-Automatic Heavy Anti-Material Rifle (HAMR)
To ring even more performance from the Gepard line of Anti-Material Rifles (AMRs) beginning with the... [Read More]

1995
Gepard M6 - Semi-Automatic Anti-Material Rifle (AMR)
The Gepard line of 12.7mm Anti-Material Rifles (AMRs) arose out of Hungary during the end of the Col... [Read More]

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

1983
Glock 17 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Glock 17 has gone on to see extensive service in both military and police roles with a plethora ... [Read More]

1985
Glock 18 - Semi-Automatic / Full-Automatic Pistol
The Glock 18 (or Glock Model 18) was similar in many ways to the preceding Glock 17 production model... [Read More]

1988
Glock 19 - Semi-Automatic Compact Pistol
The Glock 19 is a smaller pistol (defined as "compact") based on the original Glock 17 with the new ... [Read More]

1990
Glock 20 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The powerful Glock 20 was designed specifically to take advantage of the large 10mm Auto (10x25mm) p... [Read More]

1990
Glock 21 - Pistol
The Glock 21 (Glock GmbH of Austria) was essentially the Glock 20 model modified for the US market t... [Read More]

1990
Glock 22 - Pistol
The Glock 22 appeared in 1990 and went on to become one of the most popular pistols in use by 2006. ... [Read More]

1990
Glock 23 - Pistol
The Glock 23 was another "bridging" pistol attempting to combine the in-between .40 S&W caliber cart... [Read More]

1992
Glock 24 - Pistol
The Glock 24 was a limited-run pistol developed by Glock GmbH of Austria. The Model 24 was an off-sh... [Read More]

1995
Glock 25 - Pistol
The Glock 25 was introduced sometime in 1995 and made use of the .380 ACP cartridge - a low-recoil, ... [Read More]

1996
Glock 26 - Pistol
The Glock 26 was designed with the thought of creating a Glock handgun that was easily concealable a... [Read More]

1996
Glock 27 - Pistol
The subcompact Glock 27 was similar in respects to the Glock 26, designed for ease of concealment wh... [Read More]

1997
Glock 28 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Glock 28 was similar in respects to the subcompact Glock 26 and Glock 27 models though chambered... [Read More]

Glock 29 - Pistol
The Glock 29 (also known as the "Multi-Purpose 10") was similar to other Glock handgun forms in many... [Read More]

1988
Glock 30 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
Based in many ways on the preceding Glock 29 design, the Glock 30 is another fine example of pistol ... [Read More]

1996
Glock 31 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Glock 31 is another addition to the Glock family line of successful semi-automatic pistols for m... [Read More]

1998
Glock 32 - Pistol
The Glock 32 (also "G32" or "Model 32") is a further evolution of the Glock semi-automatic pistol li... [Read More]

2015
Glock 43 - Sub-Compact Semi-Automatic Pistol
New in 2015 to the Glock semi-automatic handgun lineup is the sub-compact Glock 43 for those requiri... [Read More]

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

1978
GP-25 / GP-30 GL - Single-Shot 40mm Muzzle-Loaded Grenade Launcher
The GP series of under-slung, single-shot, muzzle-loading 40mm grenade launchers was developed for t... [Read More]

2010
Grad AR - Assault Rifle
The Grad Assault Rifle is a North Ossetian bullpup evolution of the long-running Soviet-Russian Kala... [Read More]

1915
Grenade, Hand No. 6 - Concussion Hand Grenade
The British Army relied upon various hand grenades during World War 1 (1914-1918), some deemed succe... [Read More]

1915
Grenade, Hand No. 7 - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
Because of the limited nature of the No. 6 concussion grenade as an anti-infantry measure during Wor... [Read More]

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

1950
Hakim Rifle - Semi-Automatic Service Rifle
The original Swedish Ljungman AG 42 semi-automatic rifle was a strong firearm of good quality, desig... [Read More]

1795
Harpers Ferry / Springfield Model 1795 - Musket
The Model 1795 was a smooth-bore, single-shot, flintlock-based musket and the first such weapon syst... [Read More]

1803
Harpers Ferry Model 1803 - Flintlock Muzzle-Loading Rifle
While the Harpers Ferry Model 1795 was America's first smoothbore musket to be produced in number th... [Read More]

1805
Harpers Ferry Model 1805 - Flintlock Pistol
The Harpers Ferry Model 1805 was a flintlock pistol produced out of Harpers Ferry Armory in West Vir... [Read More]

1816
Harpers Ferry Model 1816 - Flintlock Musket / Percussion Cap Rifle
Harpers Ferry became America's second national armory after the site was personally selected by Geor... [Read More]

1841
Harpers Ferry Model 1841 (Mississippi Rifle) - Rifle-Musket
For much of America's early past, the federal Army relied on two arsenals of note - the Springfield ... [Read More]

1857
Harpers Ferry Model 1855 - Percussion Rifle-Musket
The Harpers Ferry Model 1855 percussion-based rifle-musket saw considerable use during the American ... [Read More]

1986
Harris / McMillan M86 - Sniper Rifle
The McMillan M86 (now Harris) was designed with military and security forces in mind, allowing for t... [Read More]

1987
Harris / McMillan M87 - Anti-Material Rifle / Heavy Sniper Rifle
The M87 was a military-grade anti-material rifle designed to defeat hardened structures such as armo... [Read More]

1989
Harris / McMillan M89 - Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
The Harris M89 Sniper Rifle is billed as one of the most accurate, resilient and robust gun platform... [Read More]

1992
Harris M92 - Bolt-Action Anti-Material Rifle
The Harris Model 92 (M92) was based on the original Harris Model 87R (M87R), though reworked into a ... [Read More]

1993
Harris M93 - Anti-Material Rifle / Heavy Sniper Rifle
The 0.50 caliber anti-material heavy rifle is a standard fixture of any modern military of the world... [Read More]

1996
Harris M96 - Anti-Material Rifle / Anti-Personnel Sniper Rifle
Harris Gunworks has a long-running history with precision rifles bearing its name and this includes ... [Read More]

1980
Hawk MM-1 MGL - Automatic Grenade Launcher
During the Cold War decades, the automatic grenade launcher became a viable battlefield weapon syste... [Read More]

2005
Heckler & Koch HK 121 - General Purpose Machine Gun
The HK 121 fulfills the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) product slot for German gunmaker Heckler ... [Read More]

1961
Heckler & Koch HK 21 - General Purpose Machine Gun / Light Machine Gun / Automatic Rifle
In 1949, Heckler & Koch GmbH was formed at Oberndorf am Neckar in West Germany to become a small arm... [Read More]

1962
Heckler & Koch HK 32KA1 - Automatic Rifle
The Heckler & Koch HK32KA1 carbine was designed for the military market that revolved around the fir... [Read More]

1985
Heckler & Koch HK 33E - Assault Rifle
The HK33E series was a direct replacement of the earlier HK33 automatic rifles and is basiclaly the ... [Read More]

2005
Heckler & Koch HK 416 - Assault Rifle / Tactical Carbine
Heckler & Koch unveiled the HK416 automatic rifle family in 2005 as a potential replacement for the ... [Read More]

2006
Heckler & Koch HK 417 - Battle Rifle / Sniper Rifle
The HK 417 began as a privately-funded company venture intended to supply US special forces with a m... [Read More]

2006
Heckler & Koch HK AG36 - Single-Shot Grenade Launcher
The 40mm single-shot, breech-loading Heckler & Koch HK AG36 ("Anbaugranatwerfer 36") was designed as... [Read More]

1983
Heckler & Koch HK CAWS - Select-Fire Automatic Combat Shotgun
It seems that the U.S. military has long been attempting to convince itself of the need for a full-a... [Read More]

1987
Heckler & Koch HK G11 - Caseless Assault Rifle
The Heckler & Koch HK G11 assault rifle design was, in every way, a revolutionary firearm departing ... [Read More]

1959
Heckler & Koch HK G3 - Assault Rifle / Carbine / Designated Marksman Rifle / Sniper Rifle
At the end of World War 2, German engineers were working on perfecting a new breed of service rifle ... [Read More]

1996
Heckler & Koch HK G36 - Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
The Heckler & Koch HK G36 series assault rifle was designed and developed to an exacting German Army... [Read More]

1987
Heckler & Koch HK G41 - Automatic Assault Rifle
The HK G41 was based on the pre-existing HK G33E system but fitted with a three-round burst capabili... [Read More]

1996
Heckler & Koch HK GMG (GMW / GraMaWa) - Automatic Grenade Launcher
The Heckler & Koch GMG ("GranatMaschinenWaffe" or "GraMaWa") is a 40mm automatic grenade launcher si... [Read More]

2011
Heckler & Koch HK M27 IAR (Infantry Automatic Rifle) - Squad Support Weapon
Adopted by the U.S. Army and used by many other ground warfare forces of the world, the AR-15-based ... [Read More]

2005
Heckler & Koch HK MG4 (HK MG43) - Light Machine Gun
The Heckler & Koch MG4 Light Machine Gun (LMG) was selected by the German Army to supersede the Cold... [Read More]

1966
Heckler & Koch HK MP5 - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
One of the most popular submachine guns ever produced, the Heckler & Koch HK MP5 ("Maschinenpistole ... [Read More]

1976
Heckler & Koch HK MP5K (Kurz) - Submachine Gun / Personal Defense Weapon
The Heckler & Koch HK MP5K ("K" = "Kurz" meaning "short") was developed to specifically meet the nee... [Read More]

1983
Heckler & Koch HK MP5N - Submachine Gun
The HK MP5N is another variant of the highly successful HK MP5 series of submachine guns. The 'N' de... [Read More]

1974
Heckler & Koch HK MP5SD - Suppressed Submachine Gun
The excellence of the original Heckler & Koch HK MP5 series pushed the need for a dedicated suppress... [Read More]

2001
Heckler & Koch HK MP7 - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
By and large, submachine gun class weapons were largely designed around existing pistol-type cartrid... [Read More]

1969
Heckler & Koch HK P9 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
Heckler & Koch engineers of West Germany began design of a new, all-modern compact semi-automatic pi... [Read More]

1972
Heckler & Koch HK PSG-1 - Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle / Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
The Heckler & Koch PSG-1 semi-automatic sniper rifle was introduced in 1972 and primarily marketed t... [Read More]

1998
Heckler & Koch HK SL8 - Semi-Automatic Rifle
The HK SL8 (SL8-1) is nothing more than the HK G36 assault rifle in civilian guise with semi-automat... [Read More]

1990
Heckler & Koch HK WSG2000 - Anti-Material Rifle
The HK WSG2000 was an abandoned anti-material rifle under development by the German firearms firm of... [Read More]

2015
Heckler & Koch HK XM25 CDTE - 25mm Smart Grenade Launcher
The futuristic Heckler & Koch HK XM25 IAWS - Individual Airburst Weapon System - (now as the CDTE = ... [Read More]

1995
Heckler & Koch HK XM29 OICW - Prototype Combined Weapons System
In the 1990s, the US Army undertook formal evaluations of several competing automatic rifles to repl... [Read More]

2003
Heckler & Koch HK XM8 - Prototype Assault Rifle
The Heckler & Koch HK XM8 was an experimental modular assault rifle system that underwent trials wit... [Read More]

1971
Heckler & Koch HK11 - Light Support Machine Gun
As with other HK designs, the Heckler & Koch HK11 light support machine gun borrows much of what mak... [Read More]

1983
Heckler & Koch HK69A1 - Single-Shot Grenade Launcher
A West German requirement initiated in the 1960s called for a single-shot, grenade launching weapon ... [Read More]

2010
Heckler & Koch M320 GLM (HK AG36) - Single-Shot 40mm Grenade Launcher
The United States Army has selected the single-shot 40mm HK M320 GLM ("Grenade Launcher Module") as ... [Read More]

1996
Heckler & Koch Mk 23 Mod 0 (SOCOM Pistol) - Semi-Automatic Handgun
The Heckler & Koch Mk 23 Mod 0 was a specially formulated semi-automatic pistol developed for the Un... [Read More]

1990
Heckler & Koch SR9 - Sporting / Target Sniper Rifle
To sidestep the United States assault rifle ban of 1989, Heckler & Koch of West Germany took their H... [Read More]

1999
Heckler & Koch UMP - Submachine Gun
The UMP family ("Universale Maschinenpistole" or "Universal Machine Pistol") is a series of submachi... [Read More]

1993
Heckler & Koch USP (Universal Self-Loading Pistol) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Heckler & Koch USP (Universal Self-Loading Pistol) was an amalgam design by the German concern i... [Read More]

1996
Helenius RK-97 APH - Anti-Material Rifle
The Helenius RK-97 APH is a heavy caliber anti-materiel rifle originating from Finland. The system i... [Read More]

1813
Henry Model 1813 Navy - Flintlock Pistol
Between June of 1813 and August of 1814, Joseph Henry of Philadelphia was contracted to deliver 600 ... [Read More]

1860
Henry Model 1860 - Lever Action Repeating Rifle
While not the "perfect" lever-action repeating rifle, the Henry Rifle was the revolutionary culminat... [Read More]

1985
HG 85 (Handgranate 85) - Hand Grenade
The HG 85 is a time fuse-detonated fragmentation grenade system packed with 155 grams of TNT. Each u... [Read More]

1909
Hotchkiss Model 1909 (Mle 1909 / Benet-Mercie) - Light Machine Gun
Design of the M1909 was brought about by a new French requirement looking to provide ground elements... [Read More]

1914
Hotchkiss Model 1914 (Mle 1914) - Medium / Heavy Machine Gun
During the late 1800s, there only existed a few proven "true" machine gun concepts anywhere in the w... [Read More]

1964
Howa Type 64 - Assault Rifle
After World War 2, the Japanese were a conquered people with the United States acting as majority ov... [Read More]

1989
Howa Type 89 - Assault Rifle
In 1964, the Japanese military, in keeping with Western powers, adopted the Howa Type 64 Battle Rifl... [Read More]

1999
HS Produkt HS2000 (Springfield XD) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The HS Produkt HS2000 was originally developed for Croatian Army and police forces seeking a locally... [Read More]

1995
HS Produkt HS-95 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
While there was still a unified Yugoslavia, Zastava Arms delivered the short-lived CZ99 semi-automat... [Read More]

2009
HS Produkt VHS (Visenamjenska Hrvatska Strojnica) - Assault Rifle
The VHS assault rifle saw its origins in the Homeland War / Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995... [Read More]

1970
Hughes / Raytheon BGM-71 TOW / TOW-2 - Heavy Anti-Tank Weapon System
The BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile weapon system was developed in the latter half of the 1960s to beco... [Read More]

2009
IMBEL .308 AGLC (Fz .308 AGLC) - Sniper Rifle
The Brazilian Army makes use of an indigenous bolt-action sniper rifle design by IMBEL as the "Rifle... [Read More]

1985
IMBEL MD-2 - Assault Rifle
The MD-2 is part of a family of standard Brazilian assault rifles serving the modern Brazilian Army.... [Read More]

1997
IMBEL MD97 - Assault Rifle
The IMBEL MD97 is a Brazilian made automatic assault rifle developed for both military and security ... [Read More]

1973
IMBEL Pistola 9 M973 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
When the Brazilian Army and government security forces needed a trusty semi-automatic sidearm, it tu... [Read More]

1980
IMI B-300 - Reusable Anti-Tank Rocket System
The B-300 is an Israeli Military Industries product and is a man-portable anti-tank weapon system. I... [Read More]

1973
IMI Galil ARM / SAR - Assault Rifle / Carbine / Submachine Gun / Designated Marksman Rifle
In the post-World War 2 world, the United Nations partitioned Palestine in 1947. In 1948, the nation... [Read More]

1995
IMI Galil MAR (Micro Assault Rifle / Micro-Galil) - Compact Assault Rifle / Carbine
The Galil MAR (Micro-Assault Rifle) is nothing more than a highly compact form of the excellent Gali... [Read More]

1996
IMI Galil Marksman Assault Rifle Mark 1 - Designated Marksman Rifle / Assault Rifle
In 1996, the original IMI Galil was reworked to fulfill the Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) role - o... [Read More]

1983
IMI Galil Sniper (Galatz) - Sniper Rifle
With the success of the IMI Galil within the Israeli Army and those of other participating foreign n... [Read More]

1984
IMI M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) / SMAW-D - Shoulder-Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon
The M141 (SMAW-D) was developed for the United States Army to fill the role of "bunker buster", thou... [Read More]

1984
IMI MAPATS (Man-Portable Anti-Tank System) - Man-Portable Anti-Tank Missile System
The MAPATS ("MAn-Portable Anti-Tank System") is an anti-armor solution produced by the Israeli conce... [Read More]

1980
IMI Mini-UZI - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
The Israeli Military Industries (IMI) Mini-UZI is a smaller, more compact form of the base UZI subma... [Read More]

1997
IMI Negev LMG - Light Machine Gun
The Negev is an Israeli 5.56mm light machine gun (LMG), developed by Israel Military Industries Ltd ... [Read More]

2006
IMI TAR-21 (Tavor) - Assault Rifle / Carbine / Designated Marksman Rifle
For decades the Israeli Army relied upon its trusted and true line of Galil and M16 automatic weapon... [Read More]

1950
IMI UZI - Sub-Machine Gun / Machine Pistol
The UZI 9 mm was created soon after Israel became a nation state in 1948. The UZI used a revolutiona... [Read More]

1975
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) - Improvised Explosive Device
Improvised Explosive Devices ("IED") are in-the-field detonating devices designed to specifically in... [Read More]

1983
Individual Water Purifier (IWP) - Water Purifying Kit
The individual water purification system provides the infantryman the ability to remove or destroy c... [Read More]

1889
Infantry Model 1889 (Belgian Mauser) - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
The Belgian Model 1889 "Mauser" became the first bolt-action service rifle of the Belgian Army. It w... [Read More]

1970
Ingram MAC-10 (M10) - Submachine Gun
The Ingram MAC-10 (M10) was a short-lived, compact submachine gun initiative seeing limited producti... [Read More]

1998
INSAS (INdian Small Arms System) - Assault Rifle / Light Machine Gun / Submachine Gun
The INSAS family was inducted into service with the Indian Army in 1998 and has already seen extensi... [Read More]

1990
Instalaza C90 - 90mm Disposable Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
Spanish military industry has produced many indigenous solutions to local requirements throughout th... [Read More]

2008
Istiglal IST-14.5 AMR (Independence) - Anti-Material / Anti-Tank Rifle
The rise of the tank in World War 1 gave rise to the anti-material rifle - specifically the German T... [Read More]

1937
Ithaca Model 37 - Sporting / Security / Law Enforcement / Combat Shotgun
The Ithaca Model 37 (M37) has proven a hugely popular pump-action slide shotgun since its introducti... [Read More]

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

2004
Izhmash AK-9 - Assault Rifle
The AK-9 assault rifle is yet another Kalashnikov-related series firearm that can trace its roots ba... [Read More]

1994
Izhmash AN-94 (Abakan) - Assault Rifle
The Izhmash AN-94 is the latest in the long line of Russian assault rifles and is intended to replac... [Read More]

1995
Izhmash Saiga-12 - Semi-Automatic Combat Shotgun
The Russian firm Izhmash produces the impressive Saiga-12, a semi-automatic fire-capable combat shot... [Read More]

1995
Izhmash Saiga-410 - Shotgun
While automatic firing shotguns are slowly entering the firearms forefront, there is something to be... [Read More]

1998
Izhmash SV-98 - Bolt-Action Rifle
The Russian SV-98 sniper was brought about to replace the ages-old SVD series in some Russian agenci... [Read More]

1860
J.F. Brown Target / Sniper Rifle - Target / Sniper Rifle
J.F. Brown of Haverhill, Massachusetts produced a line of high-quality target/sniper rifles during t... [Read More]

1990
Jericho 941 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Israel Weapons Industries (IWI) Jericho Model 941 is a no-frills, semi-automatic pistol design f... [Read More]

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

1836
Johnson Model 1836 - Flintlock Pistol
The Johnson Model 1836 was a high-quality flintlock pistol produced for the US government in a batch... [Read More]

1941
Johnson Model 1941 - Semi-Automatic Rifle
The Johnson Model 1941 faced off against the M1 Garand rifle before the start of hostilities that be... [Read More]

2006
JS 9mm - Submachine Gun
The JS 9mm (or simply "JS 9") is a conventional Chinese submachine gun type firearm designed exclusi... [Read More]

1996
K-3 (Armenia) - Bullpup Assault Rifle
Through an internal initiative, the South Caucasus nation of Armenia has developed its own bullpup-c... [Read More]

1994
Kalashnikov AK-101 - Assault Rifle
The AK-101 was developed from the successes of the original post-World War 2-era AK-47 assault rifle... [Read More]

1994
Kalashnikov AK-102 - Assault Rifle
The AK-102 weapon system exists as a carbine form to the full-length AK-101 assault rifle. The AK-10... [Read More]

1994
Kalashnikov AK-103 - Assault Rifle
The AK-103 represents a modernized form of the AKM assault rifle from the mind of Mikhail Kalashniko... [Read More]

1997
Kalashnikov AK-107 - Assault Rifle
The Kalashnikov AK-107 is another in the long line of available - and modernized - versions of the h... [Read More]

2014
Kalashnikov AK-12 (AK-200) - Assault Rifle
The AK-47 altered the world military stage by becoming a ubiquitous combat system available to the g... [Read More]

2013
Kalashnikov AK-200 (AK-12) - Assault Rifle
Since the conclusion of World War 2 in 1945, there has been some version of the ubiquitous Kalashnik... [Read More]

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

1978
Kalashnikov AK-74 (M1974) - Assault Rifle
During the 1970s, the Soviet military sought a new infantry assault weapons system chambered for an ... [Read More]

1959
Kalashnikov AKM - Assault Rifle
The AKM was designed in the 1950s as a modernized successor to the fabled AK-47 assault rifle series... [Read More]

1959
Kalashnikov AKMS (AKM-S) - Assault Rifle
The AKMS is a major variant of the AKM assault rifle line. The AKM itself is nothing more than the 1... [Read More]

1950
Kalashnikov AKS (AK-S) - Assault Rifle
The AKS was derived from the base AK47 assault rifle though produced with a folding steel butt inste... [Read More]

1983
Kalashnikov AKSU-74 (AKS-74U) - Assault Carbine
The AKSU-74 represents a submachine gun derivative of the AKS assault rifle, both operating with the... [Read More]

1935
Kb wz.35 (Marosczek) - Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifle
The Poles were not wholly ill-equipped during the German invasion of September 1939. Its tank-stoppi... [Read More]

1991
Kbk wz.88 (Tantal) - Automatic Rifle / Assault Carbine
The Soviet reach over Eastern Europe during the Cold War was such that localized small arms design i... [Read More]

1991
Kbk wz.89 (Onyx) - Assault Carbine / Submachine Gun
Like the wz/88 "Tantal, a locally-produced Polish copy of the Russian AK-74S assault rifle, the wz/8... [Read More]

1991
KBP 9A-91 - Carbine Assault Rifle
The KBP 9A-91 was introduced after 1993 and is essentially an assault rifle in a carbine form making... [Read More]

1991
KBP A-91 - Bullpup Assault Rifle
Though born of the same line of KBP-designed A-91-series assault weapons (to include the 9A-91 assau... [Read More]

1970
KBP AGS-17 Plamya (Flame) - 30mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
The Soviet Army equivalent to the American Mk 19 40mm grenade launcher became the AGS-17 "Plamya" ("... [Read More]

1995
KBP AGS-30 AGL - 30mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
The AGS-30 is the modern Russian military 30mm automatic grenade launcher for fire support, supersed... [Read More]

2006
KBP GM-94 - Multi-Shot, Pump-Action Grenade Launcher
The KBP GM-94 is a modern, multi-shot tactical grenade launcher of Russian origin, developed with sp... [Read More]

1996
KBP OSV-96 - Anti-Material Rifle (AMR)
The Russian OSV-96 is a standard, no-frills large-caliber anti-tank/anti-material precision rifle sy... [Read More]

2006
KBP PP-2000 - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
In 2004, KBP Instrument Design Bureau unveiled an all-new Russian-originated submachine gun in the "... [Read More]

1994
KBP VSK-94 - Silenced Sniper Rifle
While the VSS "Vintorez" silenced sniper rifle of 1987 proved excellent in its given role, it was an... [Read More]

1997
Kbs wz.96 (Beryl) - Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
In the 1980s, the Polish Army began development of a new assault rifle whose form continued that of ... [Read More]

2011
Kel-Tec KSG - Pump-Action Bullpup Shotgun
The Kel-Tec KSG was developed as a traditional manually-actuated, pump-action slide 12-gauge shotgun... [Read More]

2006
Kel-Tec PF-9 - Semi-Automatic Handgun
... [Read More]

1730
Kentucky Rifle (Deckard Rifle / Longrifle / Pennsylvania Rifle) - Muzzle-Loading Musket
The development and naming of the Long Rifle is argued between riflemen of Kentucky and Pennsylvania... [Read More]

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

1995
KMP AEK-919 SMG - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
The Russian KMP AEK-919 is a highly compact submachine gun in the mold of the classic Israeli UZI wi... [Read More]

2004
Knight's Armament Company M4 MWS (Modular Weapon System) - Carbine Rifle
The M4 MWS (Modular Weapon System) is based on the M16A4, which in itself represents a newer incarna... [Read More]

2006
Knight's Armament Company PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) - Compact Assault Rifle
The Heckler & Koch HK MP5 submachine gun is currently used by most of the world's elite special forc... [Read More]

1915
Kongsberg M/1914 (Kongsberg Colt) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
One of the most storied firearms in history remains the venerable American Colt M1911 .45 caliber se... [Read More]

1998
Kord-12.7mm (HMG) - Heavy Machine Gun
The Kord Heavy Machine Gun is the latest in the long line of excellent Soviet/Russian heavy machine ... [Read More]

1894
Krag-Jorgensen Model 1894 - Bolt-Action Rifle
The Krag-Jorgensen was a bolt-action, repeat-fire rifle of Norwegian origin designed in the latter h... [Read More]

1985
KS-23 - Carbine / Shotgun
While displaying an appearance more akin to a shotgun, the Russians designate their KS-23 as a "Spec... [Read More]

1999
KSVK (ASVK) - Anti-Materiel Rifle (AMR)
The KSVK is a heavy anti-material rifle designed by Russian for specialized Russian Army forces. The... [Read More]

2011
L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle - Designated Marksman Rifle / Sniper Rifle
The L129A1 is categorized as a "Designated Marksman Rifle" (DMR) which places it between an assault ... [Read More]

1950
L2 (Grenade) - Anti-Personnel Fragmentation Hand Grenade
L2 marked the British military version of the American M26 fragmentation hand grenade that appeared ... [Read More]

1964
L6 WOMBAT (Weapon Of Magnesium, Battalion, Anti-Tank) - Recoilless Rifle
Armored combat actions of World War 2 influenced much of the doctrine and weapons design of the ensu... [Read More]

1935
Lahti L-35 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
Aimo Lahti lent his design talents to a new Finnish semi-automatic pistol which bears his name as th... [Read More]

1939
Lahti L-39 - Anti-Tank Rifle (ATR)
The Lahti L-39 was an indigenous Finnish 20mm anti-tank rifle design used during the "Winter War" of... [Read More]

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

1935
Lanciafiamme Spalleggiato Modello 1935 - Man-Portable Flamethrower
The Italians joined the Germans, Americans, Soviets and British in deploying flamethrowers in World ... [Read More]

1985
LAPA FA-03 (Fusil de Assalto Modele 03) - Prototype Assault Rifle
The LAPA FA-03 ("Fusil de Assalto Modelo 03") was a private venture by the Brazilian concern of Labp... [Read More]

1887
Lebel Model 1886 - Bolt-Action Rifle
The Lebel Model 1886 (more formally as the "Fusil Modele 1886 ") was the standard infantry rifle of ... [Read More]

1888
Lee Metford (Magazine Lee Metford / MLM) - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
After nearly a decade of development and trials, the British Army adopted the Lee-Metford (or "MLM" ... [Read More]

1895
Lee-Enfield (Series) - Bolt-Action, Magazine-Fed, Repeating
The Lee-Enfield series of rifles is one of the most successful bolt-action rifles of all time. First... [Read More]

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

1823
Lefaucheux 20-Round - Double-Barreled Revolver
The Lefaucheux 20-Round was one of the notable attempts at designing a revolver that offered the ope... [Read More]

1854
Lefaucheux Model 1854 - Pinfire Revolver
Frenchman Casimir Lefaucheux developed the "pinfire" metallic cartridge from the late 1820s into the... [Read More]

1861
LeMat (Grape Shot Revolver) - Nine-Shot Cap-and-Ball Revolver with Underslung 16-Gauge Barrel
The "LeMat" was an American Civil War (1861-1865) revolver emerging from the resources-strapped Conf... [Read More]

1914
Lewis Machine Gun - Light Machine Gun
American Isaac Newton Lewis (1858-1931) served in the United States Army and lent his talents to inv... [Read More]

2011
LG3 AGL - 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
Following other world powers, the Chinese military moved ahead with adopting a 40mm automatic grenad... [Read More]

2011
LG4 MGL - Multiple Grenade Launcher
Modern land fighting forces have found better ways to transport for the standard infantryman into fu... [Read More]

1869
Liege Model 1869 - Six-Round, Double-Action Pinfire Revolver
The pinfire method for firearms was credited to Frenchman Casimir Lefaucheux and patented in 1835. T... [Read More]

1860
Lindsay Model 1860 - Two-Shot, Single-Barrel Percussion Pistol
The Lindsay Model 1860 two-shot percussion pistol was a workaround against the revolver patents held... [Read More]

1863
Lindsay Model 1863 U.S. Double Rifle - Twin-Shot Musket
Since the arrival of firearms, gunsmiths have gone down various avenues in an attempt to supply the ... [Read More]

2012
Lithgow / Thales F90 - Assault Rifle
The Thales Lithgow F90 is the export designation given to the EF88 ("Enhanced F88") product model of... [Read More]

1963
Lithgow F1 SMG - Submachine Gun
The F1 submachine gun replaced the World War 2-era Owen submachine gun series then in service with t... [Read More]

1988
Lithgow F88 (Austeyr) - Bullpup Assault Rifle
The F88 Austeyr is the Australian Army equivalent of the storied Austrian Steyr bullpup assault rifl... [Read More]

1989
Lithgow F89 - Light Machine Gun
The Australian F89 light support machine gun is a derivative of the successful Belgium FN Minimi sys... [Read More]

1854
Lorenz Model 1854 / Model 1862 (Lorenz Rifle) - Rifled Musket
The Lorenz Rifle was designed and developed by a lieutenant in the Austrian Army, Joseph Lorenz, and... [Read More]

1980
LRAC 89-F1 (Lance-Roquettes AntiChar de 89mm modele F1) - Reusable Rocket Launcher
The LRAC 89-F1 was developed for the French Army to replace the aging M20A1 Super Bazooka rocket lau... [Read More]

1904
Luger P08 (Pistole Parabellum 1908 / Parabellum-Pistole) - Semi-Automatic Handgun
The German P08 pistol (or "Pistole 1928" or "P'08" or "Luger") was one of the more famous German-bas... [Read More]

1983
LUSA SMG (Lusitania) - Submachine Gun
The LUSA submachine gun line emerged during the early 1980s though never found widespread use with i... [Read More]

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

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

1942
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1) - Semi-Automatic / Full-Automatic Carbine
The American arms industry reached all new heights with its commitment in World War 2. Much of the e... [Read More]

1936
M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1) - Self-Loading Rifle (SLR)
Little discussion can be had on the subject of American infantrymen in World War Two without the men... [Read More]

1938
M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun) - Submachine Gun
The Thompson series of submachine guns (not quite a pistol yet not a full-fledged machine gun) began... [Read More]

2007
M110 SASS (Semi-Automatic Sniper System) - Designated Marksman Rifle / Sniper Rifle
The M110 SASS (Semi-Automatic Sniper System) is an anti-personnel sniping system developed and marke... [Read More]

1991
M120, 120mm Mortar - Towed Heavy Field Mortar
The M120 Mortar System is the Israeli Soltam K6 120mm heavy field mortar in United States Army servi... [Read More]

1987
M136 AT4 Light Anti-Armor Weapon - Man-Portable Disposable Anti-Armor Rocket Launcher
The M136 AT4 is billed as the United States Army's primary light anti-tank weapon system available t... [Read More]

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

1960
M18 Claymore - Anti-Personnel Mine
The M18 Claymore anti-personnel mine was specifically designed to kill or maim enemy ground troops a... [Read More]

1917
M1917 Enfield (American Enfield) - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
Britain had already begun the task of replacing their Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) infantry rif... [Read More]

1937
M1937 82mm (82-PM 37) - Battalion Mortar
The Soviet Union made use of several different mortar types throughout World War 2 covering calibers... [Read More]

1939
M1938 120mm (120-HM 38) - Infantry Field Mortar
The M1938 120mm mortar was a field mortar system accepted into service with the Red Army in 1939. Th... [Read More]

1938
M1938 50mm (50-RM 38) - Light Infantry Mortar
The Red Army put much faith into mortar strength to augment their infantry capabilities leading into... [Read More]

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

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

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

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

1943
M2 4.2-inch (Goon Gun) - Rifled Infantry Mortar
... [Read More]

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

1978
M202 FLASH (FLame Assault SHoulder Weapon) - Four-Shot, Shoulder-Fired Incendiary Rocket Launcher
... [Read More]

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

1978
M224, 60mm Mortar - 60mm Lightweight Mortar
The M224 is the current portable mortar system in service with the United States Army and Marine Cor... [Read More]

1987
M252, 81mm Mortar - Medium Weight Extended Range Mortar
The smoothbore, muzzle-loading M252 medium weight mortar system offers up accurate long-range indire... [Read More]

1950
M26 (Lemon Grenade) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
When America entered World War 1 in 1917, it lacked much in the way of modern war weapons. Army forc... [Read More]

2003
M26 (MASS) - Modular Accessory Shotgun System
Recent American combat actions in Iraq have once again brought a focus concerning the warfighter in ... [Read More]

1961
M28/M29 Davy Crockett - Tactical Nuclear Recoilless Gun
Throughout the Cold War, the Soviet Union served as the potential enemy to Europe and the US militar... [Read More]

1952
M29, 81mm Mortar - High-Angle Heavy Mortar
In 1952, the American government replaced the standard Army and Marine Corps 81mm service mortar of ... [Read More]

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

1957
M31 HEAT - Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade
While under experimentation by the Japanese as early as 1904-1905, the rifle grenade came into its o... [Read More]

2006
M32 MGL (Multiple Grenade Launcher) - Six-Shot Grenade Launcher
The M32 MGL (Multiple Grenade Launcher) is a new United States Marine Corps (USMC) adoption of a rep... [Read More]

2008
M39 Enhanced Marksman Rifle (EMR) - Designated Marksman Rifle / Sniper Rifle
The M39 EMR (Enhanced Marksman Rifle) was developed from the tried-and-true action of the original "... [Read More]

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

1955
M40 RR - 106mm Recoilless Rifle
As more and more stout Soviet-originated tanks permeated possible battlefields of the Cold War, the ... [Read More]

1957
M60 GPMG - General Purpose Machine Gun
The M60 served as the primary American general purpose machine gun for a good part of the 20th Centu... [Read More]

1986
M60E3 LMG - Light Machine Gun / General Purpose Machine Gun
The 1950s-era M60 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) proved a relatively effective infantry support ... [Read More]

1952
M61 (Grenade) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The M61 was a standardized fragmentation hand grenade utilized primarily by the United States and Ca... [Read More]

1971
M67 (Grenade) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The M67 is a fragmentation-based hand-grenade utilized to supplement infantry actions in the field. ... [Read More]

1963
M67 Recoilless Rifle - Portable Anti-Infantry / Anti-Armor Weapon
The recoilless rifle became a prominent battlefield anti-tank weapon during the 1950s and 1960s as e... [Read More]

1963
M72 LAW (Light Anti-armor Weapon) - Disposable Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
The M72 LAW was the standard shoulder-fired anti-armor weapon for the United States military and its... [Read More]

1961
M79 GL - Single-Shot Reusable 40mm Grenade Launcher
During World War 2, the standard infantryman utilized thrown hand grenades and rifle grenades when c... [Read More]

1979
M79 Osa (Wasp) - Shoulder-Fired Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
The once-unified nation of Yugoslavia went on to develop a capable indigenous military-industrial co... [Read More]

1980
M80 Zolja (Wasp) - Disposable Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
Young readers may not remember that at one point in world history there stood a unified Yugoslavia. ... [Read More]

1987
M9 (Bayonet) - Field Utility Knife / Bayonet
In 1984 the United States adopted a multipurpose knife, the M9 bayonet. The M9 was designed to be us... [Read More]

1941
M9 HEAT - High-Explosive, Ant-Tank Rifle Grenade
While the U.S. Army approved and adopted an anti-personnel rifle grenade in the "M17" of 1941, it al... [Read More]

1952
Madsen-Saetter SFMG Mark 4 - General Purpose Machine Gun
The SFMG Mark 4 was a general purpose machine in every sense of the word, generating only modest int... [Read More]

1985
Magnum Research / IMI Desert Eagle - Heavy Caliber Pistol
The Desert Eagle handgun is a large, powerful, gas-operated, semi-automatic handgun capable of firin... [Read More]

1951
Makarov PM (Pistol Marakova) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Makarov PM ("Pistolet Makarova") was designed and developed to replace the Soviet World War 2-er... [Read More]

1981
Mambi AMR - Anti-Material / Anti-Tank Rifle
The strategic placement of Cuba in Caribbean waters has always made it a target of foreign world pow... [Read More]

1859
Manhattan Navy - Revolver
Manhattan Firearms Company was established by a committee of businessmen in 1856 in preparation for ... [Read More]

1886
Mannlicher Model 1886 - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
The Mannlicher Model 1886 became the first service rifle of the Austro-Hungarian Army to feature a m... [Read More]

1888
Mannlicher Model 1888 - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
The Mannlicher Model 1886 straight-pull bolt-action service rifle was the first such rifle adopted b... [Read More]

1895
Mannlicher Model 1895 - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
In the mid-1880s, the Austro-Hungarian Army sought to modernized their infantry regiments with a new... [Read More]

1900
Mannlicher Model 1900 (Series) - Pistol
The Mannlicher Model 1900 series was consistent with the high-end craftsmanship coming out of Steyr.... [Read More]

1894
Marlin Model 1894 - Carbine Rifle
The Marlin Firearms Company entered into the gun market during 1870 and made a name for itself by ma... [Read More]

1871
Martini-Henry - Single-Shot Lever-Action Rifle
... [Read More]

1936
MAS 36 (modele 36 / mle 36) - Bolt-Action Rifle
The MAS 36 was a solid, if unspectacular, French Army service rifle appearing in small quantities be... [Read More]

1939
MAS 38 (Pistolet Mitrailleur MAS modele 38) - Submachine Gun
World War 1 introduced the concept of "machine pistols" to help bridge the gap between the portable ... [Read More]

1951
MAS 49 (Fusil Semi-Automatique de 7.5mm Modele 1949) - Semi-Automatic Service Rifle
A post-World War 2 rebuilding France saw that much work lay ahead of it. The French military, as was... [Read More]

1981
MAS FAMAS - Bullpup Assault Rifle
In 1981, the French Army gave up use of their MAS Modele 49 self-loading, semi-automatic service rif... [Read More]

1966
MAS FR F1 - Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
Until the arrival of the improved FR F2 sniper rifle of 1984, the French Army stocked its sharpshoot... [Read More]

1984
MAS FR F2 - Sniper Rifle
The FR F2 is the standard sniper rifle of the modern French Army and serves as a proven bolt-action ... [Read More]

1873
MAS Modele 1873 / Modele 1874 - Six-Round Service Revolver
The pistol as a military sidearm generally existed as an afterthought in the "Gentlemen Wars" of the... [Read More]

1892
MAS Modele 1892 (Lebel Revolver) - Six-Round Service Revolver
The MAS Modele 1892 revolver was selected by French military authorities to replace the aging MAS Mo... [Read More]

1932
Maschinengewehr Modell 15 (MG15) - Aircraft Machine Gun / General Purpose Machine Gun
The MG 15 machine gun served the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) heading into, and during, World War 2 ... [Read More]

1936
Maschinengewehr Modell 34 (MG34) - General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
After World War 1 (1914-1918), the Treaty of Versailles forbade the Germans in developing or manufac... [Read More]

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

1949
MAT-49 (Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle 49) - Submachine Gun
The MAT-49 is a submachine gun developed in France by Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle (MAT) a... [Read More]

1918
Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr - Anti-Tank Rifle
By 1917, the German Army was forced to develop counter weapons once the British and French began unv... [Read More]

1896
Mauser C96 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
One of the most recognizable early-form semi-automatic pistols became the Mauser C96 series. The C96... [Read More]

1888
Mauser Gewehr 88 (Gew 88 / Model 1888 Reichsgewehr) - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
To remedy their defeat at the hands of the German Empire and North German Confederation in the Franc... [Read More]

1898
Mauser Gewehr 98 (Gew 98) - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
The Mauser Gewehr 98 (formally as the "Infantry Rifle Model 1898") was a manually operated, magazine... [Read More]

1935
Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
With origins dating as far back as World War 1, the famous German Army Kar 98k ("Kar" the abbreviati... [Read More]

1872
Mauser Model 1871 - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
The Mauser brothers - Paul and Wilhelm - entered firearms history when their Mauser Model 1871 was a... [Read More]

1908
Maxim MG08 (Maschinengewehr 08) - Machine Gun
The Maxim MG08 (or "Maschinengewehr 08") was a copy of the original machine gun as developed by Sir ... [Read More]

1860
Maynard Carbine - Single-Shot Percussion Carbine
New Jersey dentist Dr. Edward Maynard (1813-1891) lent his talents to developing a new primer system... [Read More]

1980
MBB Armbrust (Crossbow) - Recoilless Disposable Light Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
By the 1980s, the threat of Soviet armor pouring into Western Europe was no less a threat than in th... [Read More]

1994
MBDA ERYX - Wire-Guided Anti-Tank (AT) Missile Launcher
Because of the proliferation of stubbornly-armored combat vehicles on the modern battlefield, it beh... [Read More]

McMillan TAC-308 - Bolt-Action Rifle / Sniper Rifle
The McMillan TAC-308 (McMillan Tactical Rifle) was developed for military and security forces operat... [Read More]

McMillan TAC-338 - Sniper Rifle
The McMillan TAC-338 is a specialized sniper rifle developed to exacting specifications with long ra... [Read More]

2005
McMillan TAC-416 - Bolt-Action Single-Shot Anti-Material Rifle
The McMillan TAC-416 is the latest McMillan rifle adopted into the TAC line. It is based on the prov... [Read More]

2000
McMillan TAC-50 - Anti-Material / Sniper Rifle
At its core, the TAC-50 is a heavy long rifle intended for use against light armored vehicles with a... [Read More]

1972
MDBA MILAN (Missile d'Infanterie Leger ANtichar) - Wire-Guided Anti-Tank Missile System
World War 2 armored warfare set the stage for many technological developments that appeared in the e... [Read More]

1950
Mecar ENERGA - Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade
With the arrival of the tank on World War 1 (1914-1918) battlefields, there proved a need to develop... [Read More]

1934
Mendoza C-1934 (M1934) - Light Machine Gun
Mexico is not a nation one thinks about when they think of indigenous firearms design and developmen... [Read More]

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

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

1863
Merrill Model 1863 (Merrill Carbine) - Percussion Cap, Breech-Loading Carbine
Beyond the notable pistols and long guns featured in the American Civil War (1861-1865), the carbine... [Read More]

1864
Metropolitan Navy Model 1864 - Percussion Cap Revolver
In 1864, Colt's East Armory erupted into flames which destroyed all but two of its buildings. The ev... [Read More]

1977
MIC Uirapuru GPMG - General Purpose Machine Gun
Originally rejected by the Brazilian Army, the Uirapuru received a second life in 1976 after refinem... [Read More]

1984
Milkor BXP - Submachine Gun
Arms embargoes set against the nation of South Africa (due to Apartheid) led to the development of a... [Read More]

1983
Milkor MGL Y2 - Six-Shot 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
The privately-owned firearms concern of Milkor Pty Ltd of South Africa has made a living on its line... [Read More]

2008
Milkor MGL-140 - Multi-Range Grenade Launcher (MRGL)
The Milkor concern of South Africa has a long-running history in development of versatile, military-... [Read More]

2009
Milkor Mk-4 UBGL - 40mm Single-Shot Under-Barrel Grenade Launcher
With a long-running history in design, development and production of excellent grenade launchers, Mi... [Read More]

2012
Milkor SuperSix MGL - 40mm Multi-Shot Grenade Launcher
Milkor of South Africa has a long-standing history in the realm of automatic grenade launchers leadi... [Read More]

1865
Miller Model 1861 - Breech-Loading Rifle
The Springfield Model 1861 rifle musket was produced in over 1 million examples during and after the... [Read More]

1953
Mitraillette Vigneron SMG - Submachine Gun
The Mitraillette Vigneron was born in post-World War 2 Belgium Army requirement for an indigenous an... [Read More]

1917
Mk 1 (Hand Grenade) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The Mk 1 series fragmentation hand grenade was issued to American troops and led a rather short oper... [Read More]

1915
Mk 1 / Mills Grenade (Mills Bomb) - Infantry Hand Grenade
As World War broadened across Europe following the events of 1914, design work began on a new standa... [Read More]

2004
Mk 14 Mod 0 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle) - Battle Rifle / Designated Marksman Rifle
The Mk 14 Mod 0 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle) is an evolution of the original M14 Battle Rifle of the ... [Read More]

1918
Mk II / Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The Mk II/Mk 2 series fragmentation grenade was the standard American Army infantry hand grenade fro... [Read More]

1965
MK154 Mine Clearance Launcher - Mine Clearance Launcher
... [Read More]

2008
MKEK JNG-90 (Bora) - Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
Turkish Land Forces have adopted an indigenous NATO-compliant bolt-action sniper rifle as the JNG-90... [Read More]

2014
MKEK MPT (Milli Piyade Tufegi) - Assault Rifle / Battle Rifle / Assault Carbine
The nation of Turkey has made great recent strides in modernizing its land, sea, and air forces. Per... [Read More]

1989
MO-120 RT-61 (Mortier 120mm Raye Tracte Modele F1) - Towed Rifled Heavy Mortar-Gun
Every modern fighting land force has adopted some form of 120mm heavy field mortar. For the French A... [Read More]

1752
Model 1752 (Spanish) - Muzzle-Loaded Service Musket
The first standardized long gun of the Spanish Army became the Model 1752, a musket proving typicall... [Read More]

1819
Model 1819 Hall Rifle - Service Rifle / Carbine
John Harris Hall (1781-1841) proved a potent inventor and forward-thinking gunsmith during his time.... [Read More]

1866
Model 1866 Peabody Carbine - Single-Shot Breechloading Carbine
Henry O. Peabody of Boston, Massachusetts patented a new breech-loading, downward- tilting, lever-op... [Read More]

1891
Model 1891 (Argentine Mauser) - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
Once perfected beyond their early offerings, German Mauser bolt-action rifles proliferated the firea... [Read More]

1917
Model 1917 Eihandgranate (Egg Grenade / Mle 1917) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The hand grenade truly came into its own as an infantry weapon during World War 1 (1914-1918). The G... [Read More]

1915
Model 24 Stielhandgranate (Stick Grenade / Potato Masher) - Stick Hand Grenade
The Stielhandgranate was the quintessential hand grenade of the German Army in both World War 1 and ... [Read More]

1939
Model 39 Eihandgranate (Mod39) (Egg Hand Grenade) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The German Army hand grenade of choice throughout World War 1 (1914-1918) was the "Stick Grenade" ("... [Read More]

1960
Model K-50M - Submachine Gun
During the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the North was supplied by outside parties including communist Ch... [Read More]

1870
Modello 1870 Italian Vetterli - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
The 19th Century proved a critical one for the advancement of firearms. Up to this point, the flintl... [Read More]

1965
MON-50 - Anti-Personnel Mine
... [Read More]

1900
Mondragon Rifle (Fusil Mondragon) - Semi-Automatic Service Rifle
The Mondragon Rifle became one of the first semi-automatic service rifles to be adopted in quantity ... [Read More]

1935
Mortaio da 81/14 Modello 35 - 81mm Infantry Mortar
The Italian Army made use of two main mortar designs during World War 2 - the 45mm Modello 35 and th... [Read More]

1935
Mortaio d'assalto 45/5 Brixia, Modello 35 - 45mm Infantry Mortar
Like all other modern militaries participating in World War 2, the Italian Army adopted a light infa... [Read More]

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

1940
Mortar, 60mm M2 - Muzzle-Loading Light Mortar
The M2 60mm light mortar served US Army and Marine forces in World War 2 and through the Korean and ... [Read More]

1935
Mortar, 81mm M1 - Muzzle-loading 81mm Mortar
The American M1 81mm Mortar, like the upcoming M2 60mm Mortar, was based on a French design by Edgar... [Read More]

1891
Mosin-Nagant Model 1891 - Bolt-Action Service Rifle / Carbine
Like all other world powers of the late-1800s, the Russian Empire sought modernization in its milita... [Read More]

1975
Mossberg Model 590 - Combat Pump-Action Shotgun
The Mossberg Model 590 shotgun is an offshoot family of the popular Mossberg 500 hunting shotgun lin... [Read More]

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

1938
MP38 (Maschinenpistole 38) - Submachine Gun
The MP38 served as the predecessor to the well known MP40 series of mass-produced submachine guns de... [Read More]

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

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

2005
MPS AA-12 (Sledgehammer) - Assault Combat Shotgun
The shotgun, in general, has been in military use since the first pump-action gun was developed. Tre... [Read More]

2015
MSBS-5.56 Radon (Modulowy System Broni Strzekeckiej kalibru 5,56mm - Radon) - Assault Rifle / Carbine / Sniper / Light Machine Gun
The MSBS-5.56 Radon is in the running to become the next standard-issue assault rifle of the Polish ... [Read More]

1895
Nagant Model 1895 (M1895) - Seven-Shot Service Revolver
The Nagant Model of 1895 was a seven-shot service revolver developed in Belgium and adopted by the I... [Read More]

1927
Nambu Type 14 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
Like the standard-issue rifles of the Imperial Japanese Army during the 1920s, the pistols of the IJ... [Read More]

1994
Naval Ordnance Station EX 41 (Shoulder-Fired Weapon / SFW) - Multi-Shot 40mm Grenade Launcher
Since the close of World War 2, when infantryman relied on thrown hand grenades or rifle grenades fi... [Read More]

2001
NeoStead 2000 (NS2000) - Pump-Action Slide Shotgun
The NeoStead 2000 is a unique manual pump-action, 12-gauge shotgun developed by Truvelo Manufacturer... [Read More]

1915
No. 15 Ball Grenade - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
Because of the bogged-down nature of Trench Warfare fighting during World War 1 (1914-1918), it fell... [Read More]

1915
No. 16 Oval Grenade - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The No. 16 Oval Grenade was a follow-up to the No. 15 Ball Grenade of 1915. The No. 15 series was de... [Read More]

1917
No. 34 Egg Grenade - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
In 1917, the British Army introduced a new hand grenade as the "No. 34". The No. 34 following the ne... [Read More]

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

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

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

1985
NORINCO HJ-8 (Hongjian-8) (Red Arrow-8) - Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM)
With design work initially begun during the early part of the 1970s, the arrival of the indigenous C... [Read More]

1988
NORINCO QBU-88 (Type 88) - Sniper Rifle
The QBU-88 (also known as the Type 88) represents a modern sniper rifle made available to the People... [Read More]

1997
NORINCO QBZ-95 (Series) - Assault Rifle / Carbine / Light Machine Gun
The QBZ-95 is a family line of assault weapons contoured to operator needs and has been developed (a... [Read More]

1998
NORINCO QSZ-92 (Type 92) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The QSZ-92 is a relatively new entry into the world market as sidearms go. The system was originall... [Read More]

1959
NORINCO Type 59 (Makarov) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
China produces a near-exact copy of the Soviet-Russian Makarov semi-automatic sidearm as the Type 59... [Read More]

1980
NORINCO Type 64 Silenced - Semi-Automatic Pistol
For a time, Chinese forces were issued the crude but effective Type 64 silenced pistol. The weapon w... [Read More]

1967
NORINCO Type 67 GPMG - Light Machine Gun
The Chinese Type 67 is a direct production copy of the Soviet PK series of successful squad automati... [Read More]

1970
NORINCO Type 69 RPG - Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher
The Type 69 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) is nothing more than a local Chinese copy of the famous S... [Read More]

1977
NORINCO Type 77 HMG - Heavy Machine Gun
The Type 77 Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) was a relatively late Cold War-era indigenous development for th... [Read More]

1940
Northover Projector - Anti-Tank Gun / Grenade Launcher
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2010
NSG-85 - Semi-Automatic Sniper / Designated Markman Rifle
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1971
NSV HMG (Utes / Utjos) - Heavy Machine Gun / Vehicle Gun
For a time, the NSV multi-purpose heavy machine gun was the standard heavy machine gun of Soviet Arm... [Read More]

2008
OBR RGP-40 - Automatic Grenade Launcher
Taking a page from other's military playbook, the nation of Poland designed, developed and adopted a... [Read More]

1982
OD/82 HE/SE - High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The OD/82 was adopted by the Italian Army in 1982 as its standard infantry fragmentation hand grenad... [Read More]

1960
Ontario Mark 3 Navy (MKIII) - Combat Knife
While the dagger proved critical to assassinations and close-in fighting throughout ancient history,... [Read More]

1965
Ordnance L16 81mm - Mortar
The original British Ordnance ML 3-inch Mortar of World War 2 proved its worth and then some through... [Read More]

1938
Ordnance ML 2-inch Mortar - Light Infantry Mortar
The Ordnance ML 2-inch Mortar Mk II was an infantry-based, squad-level mortar weapon system standard... [Read More]

1925
Ordnance ML 3-inch Mortar - 81mm Light Infantry Mortar
Among several of the unsung British war weapons to see action in World War 2 was the Ordnance, ML Mo... [Read More]

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

1916
Ordnance ML 9.45-inch Heavy Trench Mortar (Flying Pig) - Heavy Smoothbore Mortar
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1882
Ordnance Revolver Model 1882 - Six-Round Double-Action Service Revolver
The Ordnance Revolver Model 1882 was a Swiss attempt at making a lighter revolver for its Army. The ... [Read More]

1945
Ordnance, RCL, 3.45-inch - Recoilless Rifle
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1943
Orita Model 1941 - Submachine Gun
The Romanian Army of World War 2 (1939-1945) utilized a variety of foreign-born weapons during its p... [Read More]

1935
OTO Hand Grenade Model 1935 - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
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1994
OTs-03 SVU - Designated Marksman Rifle / Sniper Rifle
With a growing worldwide move towards the "bullpup" configured assault weapon, the Russian military ... [Read More]

1993
OTs-12 (Tiss) - Experimental Assault Carbine / Rifle
The OTs-12 "Tiss" (also known as the "OC-12") was an experimental Soviet/Russian assault carbine bor... [Read More]

1994
OTs-14 (Groza) - Bullpup Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
While several world powers have embraced the "bullpup" configured assault weapon, it is mainly the U... [Read More]

1918
OVP Modello 1918 (Officine Villar Perosa) - Submachine Gun
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1941
Owen SMG (Owen Machine Carbine) - Submachine Gun
Despite its obvious battlefield value today, world militaries took some time to warm up to the idea ... [Read More]

1974
PA3(DM) / FMK-3 Mod 2 - Submachine Gun
The PA3(DM) / FMK-3 submachine gun series was of indigenous Argentine design and chambered for the u... [Read More]

1974
Pallad wz. 1974 (Palladium) - Under-Barrel Single-Shot Grenade Launcher
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1865
Palmer Model 1865 - Bolt-Action Carbine
The Palmer Model 1865 Carbine was manufactured under the E.G. Lamson & Company brand label to a W. P... [Read More]

1987
Pancor Jackhammer - Automatic Shotgun
The Pancor Jackhammer was developed by American gunsmith John Andersen as an automatic repeat-fire s... [Read More]

1938
Panzerbuchse 38 (PzB 38) - Anti-Tank Rifle
The Panzerbusche 38 (PzB 38) was an early World War 2 (1939-1945) anti-tank rifle design by Gustloff... [Read More]

1939
Panzerbuchse 39 (PzB 39) - Anti-Tank; Anti-Material Rifle
The Panzerbusche 39 (PzB 39) was a short-lived anti-tank rifle utilized by the German Army in World ... [Read More]

1943
Panzerfaust 30 - Disposable Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
The Panzerfaust series of hand-held disposable anti-tank rocket systems was a highly-feared adversar... [Read More]

1943
Panzerfaust 60 - Disposable Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
The Panzerfaust 60 was an evolution of the Panzerfaust (meaning "Tank Fist" or "Armor Fist") disposa... [Read More]

1943
Panzerschreck (Raketenpanzerbuchse / RPzB) - Resuable, Man-Portable Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
The Raketenpanzerbuchse (shortened to "RPzB" or commonly known as the "Panzerschreck" meaning "tank ... [Read More]

1995
PAPOP (PolyArme POlyProjectiles) - Combination Assault Weapon
At one point or another in recent military history, a major world power has attempted to produce a s... [Read More]

1972
Parker-Hale Model 82 (M82) - Sniper Rifle
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1993
PGM Hecate II - Anti-Materiel Rifle
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1942
PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank) - Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher
With the large loss of anti-tank weaponry at the Battle of Dunkirk in northern France, the British w... [Read More]

1991
Pindad SS1 - Assault Rifle
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2006
Pindad SS2 - Assault Rifle
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2011
Pindad SS3 - Bullpup Assault Rifle
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2014
Pindad SS4 - Battle Rifle
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1963
Pistol Mitraliera Model 1963 (PM md. 63) - Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
The Soviet Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle became one of the most famous automatic weapons of all ti... [Read More]

1891
Pistola a Rotazione Modello 1889 (Bodeo) - Service Revolver
The Model 1889 "Bodeo" revolver served as the standard Italian Army service revolver for decades aft... [Read More]

1910
Pistola Automatica, Modello 1910 (Glisenti) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Italian Army took on the Model 1910 Glisenti in an attempt to field a semi-automatic pistol to r... [Read More]

1938
Pistolet wz.35 Vis (Radom) - Semi-Automatic Handgun
The Polish wz.35 pistol was one of the finest semi-automatic handguns of her era, appearing just sho... [Read More]

1965
PKM General Purpose Machine Gun - General Purpose / Light Machine Gun
The PK General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) is a highly respected weapon that was added to the Soviet ... [Read More]

2001
PKP Pecheneg (6P41) - Squad-Level Support Weapon
In 1961, the Soviet Army began wide-scale adoption of the PK General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) whic... [Read More]

1952
PM wz. 43/52 - Submachine Gun
Following World War 2 (1939-1945), the Polish military arsenal was rebuilt with largely Soviet-origi... [Read More]

1965
PM-63 RAK (Reczny Automat Komandosow) - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol / Personal Defense Weapon (PDW)
Despite the Soviet influence in Poland during the Cold War decades, the nation managed an indigenous... [Read More]

1984
PM-84 Glauberyt - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol / Personal Defense Weapon (PDW)
In the post-World War 2 period, the Polish Army inventory was made up largely of Soviet-originated e... [Read More]

1996
PP-19 Bizon (Bison) - Submachine Gun (SMG)
The Russian branch of the Ministry of Internal Affairs called for a new lightweight, close-in fighti... [Read More]

1935
PPD SMG - Submachine Gun
The submachine became a Soviet Army staple in World War 2 when automatic weapons were selected ahead... [Read More]

1942
PPS-42 / PPS-43 - Submachine Gun (SMG)
The PPS submachine gun was designed by Leningrad engineer A. I. Sudayev in 1942. Leningrad was encir... [Read More]

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

1972
PSL - Pusca Semiautomata cu Luneta - Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
While bearing an external appearance to that of the Soviet-era SVD Dragunov sniper rifle, the Romani... [Read More]

1983
PSS (MSS VUL) - Silenced Pistol
The cloak and dagger world that was the Cold War (1947-1991) required specialized weapons for specia... [Read More]

1910
Pulemet Maksima Obrazets Model 1910 (PM Model 1910) - Water-Cooled Heavy Machine Gun
Like other turn-of-the-century world powers, the Russians adopted the famous Maxim Machine Gun - a w... [Read More]

1986
Pusca Automata Model 1986 (PA md. 86) - Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine / Light Machine Gun (LMG)
Prior to the fall of the Soviet Union (1922-1991) and the end of communist Romania (1989), the Roman... [Read More]

1997
Rafael Spike - Fire-and-Forget Anti-Tank Missile System
With a relatively short - though deep - history of tank warfare, the Israeli Army has been on the cu... [Read More]

2000
RAG-30 / SAG-30 - Automatic Grenade Launcher
Czech Weapons (CZW) produces the modern RAG-30 automatic grenade launcher for the Czech Army. The sy... [Read More]

1960
Rasheed Carbine - Semi-Automatic Service Carbine
The Egyptian Rasheed Carbine (also "Rashid") was born from the Hakim Rifle which, in turn, was born ... [Read More]

1996
Raytheon / Lockheed Martin FGM-148 Javelin - Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
The Javelin system is categorized as a "3rd Generation" anti-tank guided missile system and represen... [Read More]

1975
Raytheon M47 Dragon - Portable Wire-Guided Anti-Tank Missile System
As World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased the value of ranged armor-defeating weapons on the battlefield ... [Read More]

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

2011
Remington M2010 ESR (Enhanced Sniper Weapons Rifle) - Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
The M24 Sniper Weapon System (SWS) was born in the late 1980s as a militarized from of the original ... [Read More]

1987
Remington M24 SWS (Sniper Weapon System) - Sniper Rifle
The M24 SWS (Sniper Weapon System) is a principle sniper weapon of US Army. Developed for a US Army ... [Read More]

1966
Remington M40 - Sniper Rifle
Long-time gun maker Remington introduced their bolt-action "Model 700" rifle series in 1962 to the A... [Read More]

1908
Remington Model 10 (M10) - Pump-Action Slide Shotgun
Unlike other global firepowers, the United States was never shy about going to war with shotguns in ... [Read More]

1905
Remington Model 11 (M11 / Remington Autoloading Gun) - Semi-Automatic, Self-Loading Shotgun
Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning (1855-1926) had many of his popular rifle and shotgun d... [Read More]

1963
Remington Model 1100 - Semi-Automatic Autoloading Shotgun
Despite its introduction in 1963, the Remington Model 1100 remains one of the most popular game shot... [Read More]

1850
Remington Model 1841 (Mississippi Rifle) - Muzzle-Loaded Rifled-Musket
The Remington gun company of today holds a long and illustrious history dating back to its founding ... [Read More]

1861
Remington Model 1858 Army - Six-Shot Percussion Revolver
Remington Arms gained considerable popularity during the American Civil War (1861-1865) with their l... [Read More]

1861
Remington Model 1861 Army - Percussion Revolver
Used almost as widely as the Colt Model 1860 New Model Army revolver, the Remington Model 1861 Army ... [Read More]

1862
Remington Model 1861 Navy - Percussion Revolver
Remington produced their similar Model 1861 Navy based on the successful and well-liked Model 1861 A... [Read More]

1875
Remington Model 1875 New Army - Six-Shot Single-Action Revolver
The Remington Model 1875 New Army followed the form and function of the successful Model 1858 which ... [Read More]

1962
Remington Model 700 - Bolt-Action Centerfire Rifle
The Remington Model 700 (M700) rifle series appears in civilian, police and military guises. Product... [Read More]

1950
Remington Model 870 - Combat / Game Pump-Action Shotgun
One of the most famous and popular of the Remington shotgun lines became the Remington M870 (Model 8... [Read More]

1951
Remington Model 870 Wingmaster - Manually-Actuated, Pump-Action Slide Shotgun
The Remington Model 870 "Wingmaster" is a variant of the famous (and best-selling) Remington M870 se... [Read More]

1994
RG-6 (6G39) - 40mm Six-Shot Grenade Launcher
With the growing need to fight more urban environment battles, the Russian military adopted the capa... [Read More]

1990
RGN (Ruchnaya Granata Nastupatelnaya) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The RGN ("Ruchnaya Granata Nastupatel'naya") is a basic, standardized fragmentation hand grenade of ... [Read More]

1990
RGO (Ruchnaya Granata Oboronitelnaya) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
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1991
RH-ALAN MACS M2 - Sniper / Anti-Material Rifle
The MACS M2 is a locally-designed and developed Croatian anti-material rifle. The system is chambere... [Read More]

1997
RH-ALAN MACS M3 - Bullpup Sniper / Anti-Material Rifle
The MACS M3 is a bullpup evolution of the original MACS M2 born from an RH-ALAN of Zagreb design. Th... [Read More]

1994
RH-ALAN RT-20 - Anti-Materiel Rifle
The RT-20 is an anti-materiel sniper rifle of Croatian origin, part of the region of the world well-... [Read More]

1968
Rheinmetall MG3 (Maschinengewehr Modell 3) - General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
The West German MG3 ("Machinengewehr Modell 3") General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) was introduced in... [Read More]

1890
Rifle Model 1890 (Turkish Mauser) - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
In 1890, Turkish authorities ordered stocks of Mauser-based bolt-action rifles as the "Rifle Model 1... [Read More]

1960
Rifle R1 - Battle Rifle
In need of a modern automatic service rifle, the South African government trialed the American AR-10... [Read More]

1982
Rifle R4 - Assault Rifle / Carbine
Long relying on foreign arms to stock its military inventory, the South African national army faced ... [Read More]

1969
Rock Island Arsenal M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS) - Sniper Rifle
The M21 was developed from the standard M14 rifle, itself a further development of the highly succes... [Read More]

1980
Rock Island Arsenal M231 FPW (Firing Port Weapon) - Special Vehicle Carbine
The M231 FPW ("Firing Port Weapon") was a highly-modified, specialized variant of the Colt M16A1 ass... [Read More]

1935
ROKS (Ranzewuj Ognemjot) - Man-Portable Flamethrower
Like other world powers of World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union evaluated and ultimately adopte... [Read More]

1905
Ross Rifle - Straight-Pull Bolt-Action Service Rifle
An indigenous bolt-action service rifle of World War 1 to emerge from Canada - the "Ross Rifle" - wa... [Read More]

1981
Royal Ordnance ARWEN 37 (Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield) - Five-Round Anti-Riot Weapon
The ARWEN 37 anti-riot weapon was designed in the late 1970s, ultimately reaching adoption and produ... [Read More]

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

1945
RPD (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova) - Light Machine Gun (LMG)
Developed as a portable, squad-level light machine gun, the RPD ("Ruchnoy Pulemot Degtyaryova" - "Ha... [Read More]

1972
RPG-18 (Mukha) - Shoulder-Fired Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher
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1949
RPG-2 - Reusable, Man-Portable Rocket Propelled Grenade
The RPG-2 is a rocket-propelled grenade launching system. It can trace its history back to the end d... [Read More]

1970
RPG-26 - Anti-Tank Disposable Rocket Launcher
The RPG-26 (Rocket Propelled Grenade 26) was developed as a single-shot, disposable anti-tank battle... [Read More]

1989
RPG-29 Vampir (Vampire) - Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher
Just before the end of the Soviet Empire in 1991, the Red Army adopted its newest anti-tank measure ... [Read More]

2008
RPG-30 - Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher
Since the dark days of World War 2, Russia (then the lead of the Soviet Union) has held a high regar... [Read More]

2008
RPG-32 (Hashim) - 72mm/105mm Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher
At the start of the new millennium, the governments of Jordan and Mexico commissioned the Russian go... [Read More]

1940
RPG-40 - Anti-Tank Stick Grenade
RPG-40 (ruchnaya protivotankovaya granata, translating to "hand-held tank grenade") was a standard a... [Read More]

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

1943
RPG-6 (Ruchnaya Protivotankovaya Granata) - Anti-Tank Grenade
When the German Army (and its allies) turned its attention to the Soviet Union in June of 1941 to be... [Read More]

1961
RPG-7 - Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher
The RPG-7 was the Soviet-produced follow-up in the RPG family series of man-portable, anti-tank rock... [Read More]

1985
RPG-76 Komar (Mosquito) - Single-Shot, Disposable Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG)
The tank has been an infantry danger since the days of World War 1 (1914-1918) when they proved the ... [Read More]

1961
RPK (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova) - Light Machine Gun
The RPK , Ruchnoi Pulemyot Kalashnikova, entered service in 1961 as a powerful firearm, developed fr... [Read More]

1980
Ruger AC-556 - Select-Fire Automatic Rifle
The Ruger AC-556 was a variant of the popular Ruger "Mini-14" series of semi-automatic carbine rifle... [Read More]

1973
Ruger Mini-14 - Automatic Rifle
The Ruger Mini-14 is based on the successful World War Two M1 Garand infantry rifle. In fact, most o... [Read More]

1995
Ruger MP9 - Machine Pistol / Submachine Gun
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1985
Ruger P (Series) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
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2009
Ruger SR-556 - Semi-Automatic Rifle
The Ruger SR-556 is a relatively new commercial market addition to the Armalite AR-15 family of auto... [Read More]

2014
S&T Motiv / Daewoo K11 - Combination Assault Weapon System
Similar in project scope to the abandoned American XM29 OICW system is the South Korean Army's K11 m... [Read More]

1974
SA-14 (Gremlin) / 9K34 Strela-3 - Man-Portable Shoulder-Launched Anti-Aircraft Missile
Due to the limited capabilities of its preceding 9K32 "Strela-2" (NATO: SA-7 "Grail") anti-aircraft ... [Read More]

1981
SA-16 (Gimlet) / 9K310 Igla-1 - Man-Portable, Shoulder-Launched Anti-Aircraft Missile System
The 9K310 "Igla-1" (NATO: SA-16 "Gimlet") was designed, developed and produced alongside the improve... [Read More]

1983
SA-18 (Grouse) / 9K38 Igla - Portable Shoulder-Launched Anti-Aircraft Missile System
The SA-18 (NATO: "Grouse"), formally recognized by the Russian Army as 9K38 "Igla", is a modern man-... [Read More]

2004
SA-24 (Grinch) / 9K338 Igla-S - Man-Portable, Shoulder-Launched Anti-Aircraft Missile System
The culmination of missile design work by Soviet engineers in the 1950s and 1960s became the 9K338 "... [Read More]

1968
SA-7 (Grail) / 9K32 Strela-2 - Surface to Air Anti-Aircraft Missile Defense System
The SA-7 (NATO designation of "Grail" or Soviet designation of "Strela-2") is a MANPAD system - a po... [Read More]

1985
Saab Bofors AT4-CS Light Anti-Armor Weapon - Man-Portable Disposable Antiarmor System
The AT4-CS (Confined Space) system is a man-portable shoulder-launched disposable anti-tank missile ... [Read More]

2003
Saab Bofors MBT-LAW / N-LAW - Disposable Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
The Swedes developed the MBT-LAW ("Main Battle Tank and Light Anti-tank Weapon") as a shoulder-fired... [Read More]

1967
Saco Mk 19 AGL - 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
Design of the Mk 19 system began in 1966 by the Naval Ordnance Center out of Louisville with the req... [Read More]

1995
SAKO RK 95 TP (M95) - Assault Rifle
Development of a new Finnish Army service assault rifle began in 1988 though, prior to this, the Fin... [Read More]

2000
SAKO TRG (Series) - Sniper Rifle
TRG designates a family of proven, purpose-built bolt-action sniper rifles showcased by gunmaker SAK... [Read More]

2007
Sarsilmaz Kilinc 2000 (ArmaLite AR-24) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
Turkish military industry has begun to flourish in recent years and its reach has allowed for more i... [Read More]

1935
Savage Arms M720 - Semi-Automatic Shotgun
The Savage M720 existed as a semi-automatic, repeat-fire shotgun delivered by the Savage Arms Compan... [Read More]

1985
SB 40 LAG - 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
In 1984, design work on an indigenous 40mm automatic grenade launcher was begun in Spain by Empresa ... [Read More]

1905
Schwarzlose MG - Water-Cooled Machine Gun
Prussian-German gunsmith Andreas Wilhelm Schwarzlose developed a line of machine guns that became th... [Read More]

2000
SEAL Knife 2000 - Combat Knife
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SEAL Team S37 - Combat Knife
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1980
SEP Dard 120 - 120mm Shoulder-Fired Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
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2012
Shaher-14.5 - Heavy Anti-Material Rifle (AMR) / Sniper Rifle
The Shaher-14.5 heavy rifle was debut by Iran in 2012. Its battlefield role is that of Anti-Material... [Read More]

1760
Sharpe Model 1760 - Flintlock Pistol
A rather unheard of practice today was the practice of officers and soldiers purchasing their own we... [Read More]

1867
Sharps Model 1867 (Carbine) - Single-Shot, Breech-Loading Carbine
Christian Sharps initially spent time under the employ of other firearms manufacturers that included... [Read More]

1951
SIG MG 50 - General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
SIG of Switzerland developed the MG 50 along the lines of a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) for p... [Read More]

1965
SIG MG 710 (MG-55) - General Purpose Machine Gun
The MG 710 was offered by Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (better known under the initials of ... [Read More]

2010
SIG SG 516 - Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
The SIG516 continues the well-established tradition of operational reliability and ease of use conce... [Read More]

1980
SIG SG 542 (Sturmgewehr Model 542) - Battle Rifle
The SG 542 was a fixed-stock battle rifle development in the SG 540 rifle series except chambered to... [Read More]

1990
SIG SG 550 (Sturmgewehr Model 550) / Stgw 90 - Assault Rifle / Carbine
The SIG SG 550 (Sturmgewehr Model 550) series was born in a Swiss Army initiative requiring an autom... [Read More]

2011
SIG SG 716 - Battle Rifle / Carbine / Designated Marksman Rifle
The SIG SG 716 comes from the Swiss gunsmithing concern of SIG Sauer, Incorporated and first debuted... [Read More]

1975
SIG-Sauer P220 (Pistole 75 / Model 75) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The SIG-Sauer P220 was a semi-automatic pistol series of Swiss origin with production also handled o... [Read More]

1984
SIG-Sauer P226 - Semi-Automatic Handgun
The SIG-Sauer P226 was developed from the original P220 model specifically to compete in the US Army... [Read More]

1988
SIG-Sauer P228 (M11) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The SIG P228 series is nothing more than a compact version of the well-liked and hugely successful P... [Read More]

1983
SIG-Sauer SSG 2000 - Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
The SIG-Sauer SSG 2000 was introduced in 1983 as a precision long-range sniper rifle for military, l... [Read More]

1992
SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 - Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
Delivered in 1992, the Swiss-German SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 is a modern precision sniping system develope... [Read More]

1975
Simonov AG-043 - Assault Rifle
In the early-to-mid 1960s, Soviet engineer Sergei Simonov undertook several designs based on the wor... [Read More]

1986
Simonov AO-63 - Experimental Assault Rifle
The Simonov AO-63 was a double-barreled assault rifle engineered in the Soviet Union during the mid-... [Read More]

1941
Simonov PTRS 1941 (PTRS-41) - Anti-Tank; Anti-Material Rifle
Simonov produced the PTRS-41 (or "PTRS 1941") anti-tank rifle for the Red Army during World War 2. W... [Read More]

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

1971
Simonov SPP-1 - Underwater Pistol
During the late 1960s Soviet engineers worked on providing a new kind of weapon for specialist troop... [Read More]

1984
SITES Spectre M4 - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
The Spectre M4 was a submachine gun of Italian origin and presented a highly compact automatic weapo... [Read More]

2013
Siyavash SWS (Sniper Weapon System) - Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
Siyavash (or "Siavash") Sniper Weapon System (SWS) is a relatively new Iranian-made sniper rifle deb... [Read More]

1893
Skoda MG (series) - Machine Gun
Waffenwerke Skoda of Pilsen of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire developed what became a series of machi... [Read More]

1908
Smith & Wesson 1st Model New Century (Triple Lock) - Service Revolver
In 1868, the storied firm of Smith & Wesson introduced their Model 3, a large-caliber, hinged-frame,... [Read More]

2005
Smith & Wesson M&P (Military and Police) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The M&P ("Military and Police") is a conventional semi-automatic handgun offered by Smith & Wesson i... [Read More]

1917
Smith & Wesson Model 1917 - Service Revolver
The revolver was the primary side arm in most every major world army during the mid-to-late 1800s an... [Read More]

1869
Smith & Wesson Model 3 - Six-Shot Revolver
Smith & Wesson was established in 1852 by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson to center on the design ... [Read More]

1993
Smith & Wesson Sigma - Semi-Automatic Pistol
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1889
Smith & Wesson SW Model 10 (38 Special) - Six-Shot, Double-Action Service Revolver
The famous ".38 Special" revolver was the Smith & Wesson Model 10 which first appeared in 1899 and w... [Read More]

1955
Smith & Wesson SW Model 29 (.44 Magnum) - Six-Shot Revolver
The .44 Magnum or, more formally, the Smith & Wesson Model 29 became the stuff of legend in the Dirt... [Read More]

2003
Smith & Wesson SW Model 500 - Standard Compensator - Six-Shot Revolver
The Smith & Wesson Model 500 - Standard Compensator is touted as the most powerful handgun every bui... [Read More]

1981
Smith & Wesson SW Model 686 - Revolver
In 1981, the fabled American firearms concern Smith & Wesson brought about their SW Model 868 six- o... [Read More]

1967
Smith & Wesson SW Model 76 (M76) - Submachine Gun
Entering the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the United States Navy SEALs (SEa, Air and Land) special force... [Read More]

1985
SOCIMI AR-831 - Assault Rifle
As its Type 821 submachine gun was based on the famous Israeli UZI 9mm, SOCIMI (Societa Costruzioni ... [Read More]

1984
SOCIMI Type 821-SMG - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
The SOCIMI Type 821-SMG was a rather nondescript, no-frills submachine gun of the 1980s developed to... [Read More]

1938
Solothurn S18-100 - Bullpup Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifle
The rise of the tank in World War 1 (1914-1918) forced the development of tank-killing systems to fo... [Read More]

1930
Solothurn-Steyr S1-100 (MP34) - Submachine Gun (SMG)
Because of the restrictions placed upon it following its defeat in World War 1 (1914-1918), the nati... [Read More]

1955
Soltam K5 (M65) - 120mm Mortar
... [Read More]

1860
Spencer Rifle / Carbine - Lever-Action Repeating Firearm
Christopher Spencer (1833-1922) proved an inventor at heart and one of his most storied creations be... [Read More]

1962
SPG-9 Kopye (Spear) - Recoilless Gun
When the tank emerged as a viable warring platform during World War 1 (1914-1918), it fell to engine... [Read More]

1959
Springfield M14 - Automatic Service Rifle
The M14 was brought about to fulfill an American military requirement for a new standard issue servi... [Read More]

1903
Springfield M1903 (Model 1903) - Bolt-Action Rifle
The M1903 "Springfield" bolt-action service rifle was the standard infantry rifle of the American Ar... [Read More]

1817
Springfield Model 1817 - Flintlock Pistol
The Springfield Model 1817 Type 1 was a flintlock pistol produced out of the Springfield Armory in S... [Read More]

1861
Springfield Model 1861 - Rifled Musket
At the beginning of the American Civil War, both the North and the South relied heavily on imported ... [Read More]

1992
SR-3 Vikhr (Whirlwind) - Assault Rifle / Silenced Assault Rifle
CNIITochMash developed a relatively new assault weapon system - the SR-3 "Vikhr" (meaning "Whirlwind... [Read More]

1935
SRCM Hand Grenade Model 1935 / 1938 - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The Italian Army of World War 2 utilized three primary hand grenade series all under the designation... [Read More]

1988
Star Model 30M / 30PK - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Star M series of handguns continued the line of Spanish-made, Browning M1911-based semi-automati... [Read More]

1935
Star Model Si35 - Submachine Gun (SMG)
The Spanish-originated Star Si35 became a very conventional submachine gun offering of the interwar ... [Read More]

1984
Star Model Z84 - Submachine Gun
Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A. based its post-World War 2 submachine design on the German wartime M... [Read More]

1858
Starr Model 1858 / Model 1863 - Double-Action 6-Shot Percussion Revolver
Requiring all manner of firearms during the American Civil War (1861-1865), the United States govern... [Read More]

1941
STEN SMG - Submachine Gun / Machine Carbine
The British STEN submachine gun is one of those rare firearms in history that was born of desperatio... [Read More]

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

1910
Stevens M520 (Model 520) - Pump-Action Slide Shotgun
The Stevens Model 520 (M520) was a pump-action slide shotgun appearing around 1910. Its general form... [Read More]

1927
Stevens M620 (Model 620) - Pump-Action Slide Shotgun
The Stevens M620 was an improved version of John Moses Browning's earlier M520 series, primarily wit... [Read More]

1987
Steyr ACR (Advanced Combat Rifle) - Experimental Assault Weapon
In the late 1980s, the United States Army undertook a program to identify a potential successor to t... [Read More]

1978
Steyr AUG - Assault Rifle / Carbine / DMR / LMG
Like other European nations during the Cold War, the Austrian Army made use of the excellent Belgian... [Read More]

1988
Steyr AUG Para - Submachine Gun
The success of the Austrian Steyr AUG assault rifle family naturally encouraged the weapon to span o... [Read More]

1978
Steyr AUG-LMG - Light Machine Gun
The AUG-LMG "Light Machine Gun" is a gas-operated weapon system developed by Steyr-Mannlicher GmbH o... [Read More]

1974
Steyr GB - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Steyr GB underwent many alterations during its production run, obtaining a history for itself as... [Read More]

1999
Steyr IWS 2000 - Anti-Materiel Rifle
The Steyr IWS 2000 (IWS = "Infantry Weapon System 2000") was a proposed anti-material rifle born out... [Read More]

1999
Steyr M (Series) - Semi-Automatic Pistol
... [Read More]

1907
Steyr Model 1907 (M1907) - Self-Loading Pistol
The Roth-Steyr M07 (or "Model 07") holds the distinction of becoming the first self-loading pistol t... [Read More]

1912
Steyr Model 1912 (M1912) / (Steyr-Hahn) - Semi-Automatic Handgun
... [Read More]

1969
Steyr MPi 69 - Submachine Gun / Machine Pistol
The Steyr MPi 69 was an UZI-influenced submachine gun of Austrian origin intended for military and s... [Read More]

1969
Steyr SSG 69 - Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
The Cold War proved the ultimate market for firearms of all sorts though things became decidedly res... [Read More]

1993
Steyr TMP - Machine Pistol
The international security situation of the 1970s and 1980s brought about a market need for more por... [Read More]

1950
Stocking Model 1950 (Pepperbox) - Six-Shot Compact Pistol
The "pepperbox" gun was developed as a way to provide a repeat-fire function in a compact form. The ... [Read More]

1915
Stokes Mortar (3-inch) - 81mm Light Infantry Mortar / Trench Mortar
While mortars largely fell out of interest prior to World War 1, the stalemate of trench warfare for... [Read More]

1963
Stoner 63 (Universal Combat Weapon) - Modular Weapons System
While of relatively common practice today, the idea of a single common assault weapon receiver modif... [Read More]

1990
Stoner SR-25 (Stoner Rifle-25) - Designated Marksman Rifle / Sniper Rifle
The SR-25 Enhanced Match rifle (EM) was a semi-automatic sharpshooter / sniper rifle system develope... [Read More]

1998
Stoner SR-50 (Stoner Rifle-50) - Anti-Material Rifle
... [Read More]

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

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

1962
Sumitomo Type 62 (NTK-62) - General Purpose Machine Gun / Medium Machine Gun
After World War 2 (1939-1945), Japan lost its military power and underwent a period of American occu... [Read More]

1931
Suomi KP/-31 (Konepistooli m/31) - Submachine Gun
When World War 2 began in September of 1939, Poland was split into two halves by the victors - the N... [Read More]

1976
T65 (Type 65) - Assault Rifle
In an attempt to stock its national armory with an indigenous design, Taiwanese engineers developed ... [Read More]

1992
T75 LMG (Type 75) - Light Machine Gun / Squad Automatic Weapon
In the 1980s, the Taiwanese government made a concerted effort to produce an increasing amount of in... [Read More]

2000
T86 (Type 86) - Assault Rifle / Carbine / Light Machine Gun
For decades, Taiwanese Army and Marine forces relied on their Armalite-inspired T65 assault rifles. ... [Read More]

2003
T91 (Type 91) - Assault Rifle / Carbine
The evolution of the standard-issue Taiwanese Army service rifle that began with the T65 of 1976 and... [Read More]

1963
Tarpley Carbine - carbine firearm
Southerner Jere H. Tarpley of Greensboro, North Carolina developed his aptly-named, breech-loading "... [Read More]

2005
Taurus Millennium - Semi-Automatic Pistol
... [Read More]

1995
Taurus Model 605 - Five-Shot Revolver
Introduced in 1995 by Brazilian gun-maker Taurus International, the Model 605 was another entry in t... [Read More]

2003
Taurus Model 856 - Five-Shot Revolver
... [Read More]

1984
Taurus PT92 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
... [Read More]

2010
TDI Vector (KRISS Super V) - Submachine Gun
The TDI Vector (also known as the KRISS Super V) is a new breed of submachine gun that intends to re... [Read More]

1975
Thales Blowpipe - Man-Portable Surface-to-Air Missile System
Advances in aircraft prompted the machine gun to be pressed into action as an anti-aircraft measure ... [Read More]

1984
Thales Javelin - Man-Portable Surface-to-Air Missile System
... [Read More]

1997
Thales STARStreak - Man-Portable, Shoulder-Launched, Anti-Aircraft Missile System
... [Read More]

1938
Tokarev SVT-38 - Self-Loading, Semi-Automatic Rifle
The Tokarev SVT-38 was the beginning of the Tokarev line of self-loading, automatic service rifles. ... [Read More]

1940
Tokarev SVT-40 - Self-Loading, Semi-Automatic Rifle
Small arms ingenuity was an area that the Soviets held something of an advantage in over their Germa... [Read More]

1930
Tokarev TT-30 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Tokarev TT-30 was a semi-automatic pistol, essentially a Soviet copy of a Browning-Colt design, ... [Read More]

1933
Tokarev TT-33 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The T-33 was a further development of the TT-30 pistol series which, itself, was based on the design... [Read More]

2000
Truvelo SR-20 - Anti-Materiel Rifle
The Truvelo SR-20 is categorized as an anti-material rifle and is the product of the burgeoning Sout... [Read More]

2001
Type 01 LMAT - Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) System
Modernization for the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during the 1990s eventually led to ... [Read More]

2006
Type 06 AT - Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade
At the turn of the millennium, the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF) evaluated the America... [Read More]

1921
Type 10 (Grenade) - Fragmentation Hand / Rifle Grenade
The Type 10 grenade proved the first indigenously designed and adopted fragmentation grenade for the... [Read More]

1921
Type 10, 50mm Grenade Discharger - Light Mortar / Grenade Launcher
The 50mm Type 10 was the first of two primary "light mortars" to serve with the Imperial Japanese Ar... [Read More]

1942
Type 100 SMG (100 Shiki Kikan-tanju) - Submachine Gun
Despite their far-reaching strategic and tactical advances in the early stages of World War 2, the I... [Read More]

1922
Type 11 (Light Machine Gun) - Light Machine Gun
The Type 11 was a light machine gun system utilized by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) and develope... [Read More]

Type 2 (Rifle Grenade Launcher) -
The Type 2 was a weapon system in service with the Imperial Japanese Army by the time of World War 2... [Read More]

1935
Type 24 (Chiang Kai-Shek Rifle) - Bolt-Action Service Rifle
Having purchased stocks of the bolt-action German Mauser Kar 98 rifle, itself a shortened form of th... [Read More]

1943
Type 31 60mm - 60mm Infantry Light Mortar
The Chinese Type 31 series of light 60mm infantry mortar was an indigenous copy of the American M2 6... [Read More]

1967
Type 51 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Chinese Type 51 was nothing more than a locally-produced Chinese copy of the famed Soviet Tokare... [Read More]

1956
Type 56 (AK47) - Assault Rifle / Carbine
To make the Soviet AK-47 readily available and at a lower procurement cost, the Chinese took to loca... [Read More]

1956
Type 56 Carbine (SKS) - Self-Loading Rifle / Carbine
The Type 56 Carbine (not to be confused with the Type 56 Assault Rifle) was nothing more than a loca... [Read More]

1958
Type 58 - Assault Rifle
During the Cold War that followed World War 2, Korea became a divided nation after the Japanese occu... [Read More]

1968
Type 63 / Type 68 (SVS) - Self-Loading Rifle
The Chinese took to local-license production of the Soviet SKS self-loading rifle (SLR) in the 1950s... [Read More]

1966
Type 64 (SMG) - Suppressed Submachine Gun
Following in line with other major armies of the period, the Chinese adopted a dedicated suppressed ... [Read More]

1964
Type 64 ATM (64MAT / KAM-3)) - Anti-Tank, Wire-Guided Missile System
The field of anti-tank weaponry appropriately broadened as tank protection increased from the days o... [Read More]

1981
Type 79 (SMG) - Submachine Gun
For several decades the Chinese enjoyed a close working relationship with the Soviet Union. Perks of... [Read More]

1979
Type 79 (SVD) - Sniper Rifle
Once-close political ties between China and the Soviet Union led to closer military ties. As such, m... [Read More]

1984
Type 79 Jyu-MAT - Anti-Tank, Wire-Guided Missile System
As tank armor protection of the Cold War continually evolved, so too did its counters in the form of... [Read More]

1985
Type 85 SMG - Assault Rifle / Submachine Gun
The Chinese Type 85 submachine gun appeared in two forms in the 1980s as a budget-conscious replacem... [Read More]

1989
Type 87 Chu-MAT - Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Missile System
The modern Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) relies on the Type 64 MAT, the Type 79 Jyu-MAT an... [Read More]

1929
Type 89, 50mm Grenade Discharger - Light Mortar / Grenade Launcher
The Type 89 "Grenade Discharger" was another of Imperial Japan's "light mortar" systems utilized thr... [Read More]

1931
Type 91 (Grenade) - Fragmentation Hand / Rifle Grenade
... [Read More]

1932
Type 92 Shiki Kikanju (HMG) - Heavy Machine Gun
The Type 92 Shiki Kikanju Heavy Machine Gun was utilized as the standard heavy machine gun by the Im... [Read More]

1933
Type 93 / Type 100 - Man-Portable Flamethrower
When actions of World War 1 (1914-1918) proved the viability of man-portable flamethrowers on the ba... [Read More]

1935
Type 94 90mm - Infantry Mortar
The Type 94 infantry mortar was a large-caliber field weapon of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) tha... [Read More]

1936
Type 96 LMG - Light Machine Gun
The Type 96 Light Machine Gun served with the Imperial Japanese Army from 1936 to the end of World W... [Read More]

1937
Type 97 (Grenade) - Anti-Personnel Fragmentation Hand Grenade
By the time of World War 2 (1939-1945), many national powers had standardized on an anti-personnel f... [Read More]

1937
Type 97 81mm - Infantry Mortar
The Imperial Japanese Army made use of various lobbed ordnance weapon systems throughout World War 2... [Read More]

1937
Type 97 90mm (mortar) - Infantry Mortar
In an effort to reduce production costs and speed up delivery, the Type 97 mortar of 1937 was develo... [Read More]

1939
Type 97 ATR (Kyuunana-Shiki Jidouho) - Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifle
The Empire of Japan tried to outdue all of her wartime counterparts with the introduction of the Typ... [Read More]

1939
Type 99 (Grenade) - Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The hand grenade had origins in ancient history when it was learned that flammable contents could be... [Read More]

1939
Type 99 LMG - Light Machine Gun
The Type 99 served the Imperial Japanese Army during most of World War 2. It was designed to take ad... [Read More]

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

2002
United States Navy Mark 12 Special Purpose Rifle (Mk 12 SPR) - Sniper Rifle / Designated Marksman Rifle
The Mark 12 Special Purpose Rifle (Mk 12 SPR) entered service with the United States Special Forces ... [Read More]

2012
UTAS UTS-15 - Pump-Action Tactical Bullpup Shotgun
The new trend in tactical shotguns today is the "double-tube" form which drastically expands the amm... [Read More]

1960
Valmet M60/M62 (RK 62) - Assault Rifle
After World War 2, the Soviet Union maintained something of a presence in Finland. While not outrigh... [Read More]

1976
Valmet M76 (RK 62 76) - Assault Rifle
Finland fought two major wars against the Soviet Union during World War 2. In the end, the nations s... [Read More]

1997
Vektor CR-21 - Assault Rifle
The Vektor CR-21 is an indigenously-designed South African assault rifle meant to compete with the c... [Read More]

1992
Vektor SP - Semi-Automatic Pistol
... [Read More]

1986
Vektor SS-77 - General Purpose Machine Gun / Squad Automatic Weapon
The Vektor SS-77 is the standard General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) of the South African Army. For ... [Read More]

1989
Vektor Z-88 - Pistol
The Vektor Z-88 was developed to fulfill a requirement by the South African Defense Force for a new ... [Read More]

1912
Vickers Machine Gun (Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303in, Mk 1) - Medium Machine Gun / Multirole Weapon
Like most other medium support machine systems born around the turn of the century, the British Vick... [Read More]

1925
Vickers-Berthier (VB) LMG - Light Machine Gun
The Vickers-Berthier was a British light machine gun design originally introduced by a Frenchman, pa... [Read More]

2007
Vidhwansak AMR - Anti-Materiel Rifle / Sniper Rifle
The Vidhwansak is an indigenous anti-material rifle design currently in limited service with the Ind... [Read More]

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

1987
VSS Vintorez - Silenced Sniper Rifle
The VSS "Vintorez" is a silenced sniper rifle that makes use of a permanent silencer assembly as wel... [Read More]

1951
Waffenfabrik Bern (W+F) MG51 - General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
The Maschinengewehr 51 (MG51) General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) was developed in Switzerland in the... [Read More]

1941
Walther Gewehr 41 (G41 / Gew 41) - Self-Loading Semi-Automatic Rifle
The Gewehr 41 (or "Gew 41" or "G41") series semi-automatic rifle appeared in relatively few numbers ... [Read More]

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

1963
Walther MP (Maschinenpistole) - Machine Pistol / Submachine Gun
The storied German concern of Walther - primarily recognized for their excellent work in pistols - t... [Read More]

2003
Walther P22 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
... [Read More]

1938
Walther P38 (Pistole 38) - Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
The Walter concern of German designed and developed the "Pistole 38" ("P38") semi-automatic pistol a... [Read More]

1996
Walther P99 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The German concern of Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen developed their Walther P99 semi-automatic pisto... [Read More]

1929
Walther PP (Polizei Pistole) - Compact Semi-Automatic Pistol
Founded in 1886, the Carl Walther GmbH concern designed and manufactured many small arms prior to Wo... [Read More]

1931
Walther PPK (Polizei Pistole Kriminalmodell) - Concealed-Carry Semi-Automatic Pistol
Walther introduced their original PP ("Polizei Pistole") compact semi-automatic pistol in 1929 and i... [Read More]

1982
Walther WA2000 - Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle
Following the 1972 Munich Olympic games which ended in the deaths of eleven Israeli participants and... [Read More]

Washington Arms Pepperbox - Six-Shot Pepperbox
... [Read More]

1987
WASP 58 - Shoulder-Fired, Man-Portable Rocket Launcher
The WASP 58 was a private venture product of Luchaire SA of France which sought to offer a cost-effe... [Read More]

1836
Waters Model 1836 - Flintlock Pistol
The Waters Model 1836 flintlock pistol was delivered by Asa Waters & Company out of their Millbury, ... [Read More]

1872
Webley Bull Dog - Pocket Revolver
The British Webley Bull Dog pocket revolver was a small, powerful firearm that saw considerable comm... [Read More]

1887
Webley Model 1887 - Service Revolver
The Webley service revolver first appeared in 1887 and manufactured under the P. Webley & Sons brand... [Read More]

1939
Welrod (Assassin's Pistol) - Bolt-Action, Silenced Pistol
The Welrod was designed in the early part of World War 2 after a very short development period by th... [Read More]

1861
Whitney Model 1861 Navy - Six-Shot, Single-Action, Percussion Revolver
After Samuel Colt's revolving cylinder firearms patent expired in 1857, a slew of competitors swoope... [Read More]

1857
Whitworth Rifle - Rifled Musket
Sir Joseph Henry Whitworth developed a twisted, hexagonal barreled rifle-musket when attempting to b... [Read More]

1964
Winchester Model 1200 - Pump-Action Shotgun
The Model 1200 was a capable pump-action, full-size shotgun developed for a variety of markets inclu... [Read More]

1978
Winchester Model 1300 - Combat / Security / Sport Slide-Action Shotgun
The Winchester Model 1300 series has long been held in high regard as a classic shotgun series since... [Read More]

1866
Winchester Model 1866 - Lever-Action Repeating Rifle
While the lever-action repeating Henry Rifle of 1860 proved revolutionary in its own right, it still... [Read More]

1873
Winchester Model 1873 - Repeating Rifle
The Model 1873 was one of the early legends of the burgeoning American firearms industry and a model... [Read More]

1876
Winchester Model 1876 - Lever-Action Repeating Rifle
With the arrival of evermore powerful centerfire cartridges appearing on the firearms front, it was ... [Read More]

1892
Winchester Model 1892 - Lever-Action Rifle
Beginning in 1883, fabled American gunsmith John Moses Browning lent his talents - through a partner... [Read More]

1895
Winchester Model 1895 Lee (Navy Lee) - Straight-Pull, Cam-Action Rifle
The Winchester Lee Model 1895 rifle (Model 1895) was based on the works of James Paris Lee (1831-190... [Read More]

1897
Winchester Model 1897 - Pump-Action Slide Shotgun
Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning went to work for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company ... [Read More]

1907
Winchester Model 1907 - Semi-Automatic / Full-Automatic Rifle / Carbine
Fresh from a century that saw the Winchester Repeating Arms Company find success with its lever-acti... [Read More]

1912
Winchester Model 1912 - Pump-Action Slide Shotgun
Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning partnered with the Winchester Repeating Arms Company be... [Read More]

1915
Winchester Model 1915 - Lever-Action Service Rifle
When the Russian Empire mobilized for World War in 1914, it lacked the stocks of service rifles for ... [Read More]

1936
Winchester Model 70 - Bolt-Action Rifle
In 1925, the storied Winchester Repeating Arms Company unveiled their Model 54 bolt-action rifle for... [Read More]

1968
XM174 - Prototype 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
The XM174 was an experimental 40mm automatic grenade launcher born from the fighting during the Viet... [Read More]

1970
Zastava M70 - Assault Rifle
The Zastava M70 was a conventional infantry assault rifle born in during the Cold War with the line ... [Read More]

1976
Zastava M76 - Sniper Rifle
The Zastava Arms M76 sniper rifle is based off of the same Kalashnikov action as seen in the precedi... [Read More]

1980
Zastava M80 - Assault Rifle
Zastava Arms was established in 1853 and has since made a name for itself as a capable small arms pr... [Read More]

1984
Zastava M84 - General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
In 1984, there emerged a new, locally-designed and produced Yugoslavian General Purpose Machine Gun ... [Read More]

1987
Zastava M88 - Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Zastava M88 owes its legacy to the Tokarev semi-automatic pistol series of Soviet Russia debutin... [Read More]

1992
Zastava M91 - Sniper Rifle / Designated Marksman Rifle
During its 1990s modernization, Yugoslavia introduced the M91 sniper rifle manufactured by Zastava A... [Read More]

1990
Zbrojovka ZB Falcon - Anti-Material Rifle
The Model 96 Falcon is a bolt-action, large caliber anti-material rifle firing the 12.7mm cartridge.... [Read More]

1959
Zbrojovka ZB vz. 59 / Uk vz. 59 - General Purpose Machine Gun
The Uk vz. 59 was a derivative of the vz. 52/57 machine gun (detailed elsewhere on this site). A Cze... [Read More]

1929
ZH-29 - Semi-Automatic Rifle
Emmanuel Holek designed the ZH-29 as a military-minded automatic service rifle. The rifle was born i... [Read More]

1995
Zlatoust RB-12 (Bandaevskogo) - Pump-Action Shotgun
Engineer Alexander G. Bandaevskiy developed the Zlatoust RB-12 "Bandaevskogo" pump-action shotgun of... [Read More]

2005
Z-M Weapons LR-300 - Assault Weapon Conversion Kit
In 2000, Z-M Weapons of Bernardston, Massachusetts (USA) developed a conversion kit for AR-15-based ... [Read More]