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    World War 2 French Guns and Other Small Arms (1939-1945)

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/3/2016

    Using antiquated, donated and captured weapons, the French Army made the most out of a poor situation in World War 2.





    There are a total of (42) World War 2 French Guns and other small arms (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. This listing also includes portable weaponry such as hand grenades and mortars. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1935
    Beretta Model 1935
    The famous firearms concern of Beretta was founded in 1526 by Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta out of Bres... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Beretta Model 1935

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

    1890
    Berthier Rifle (Series)
    The bolt-action 8mm Model 1886 "Lebel" rifle was a French Army standard when introduced and proved a... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Berthier Rifle (Series)

    1937
    Boys ATR
    Recognizing the increased reliance on armor by the world's armies in the lead-up to World War 2 (193... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boys ATR

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

    1937
    Brandt mle 35 (Mortier Brandt de 60mm modele 35)
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Brandt mle 35 (Mortier Brandt de 60mm modele 35)

    1939
    Brandt mle 37 (Mortier Brandt de 50mm modele 37)
    The Brandt mle 37 (Model of 1937) Light Mortar was one of several mortar systems adopted by the Fren... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Brandt mle 37 (Mortier Brandt de 50mm modele 37)

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

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

    1921
    Browning M2 (HMG)
    Very few machine guns in the history of the world own a legacy such as that of famous the Browning M... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Browning M2 (HMG)

    1910
    Browning Model 1910 / FN M1910
    The Model 1910 was another successful John Browning firearms design that was initially produced by t... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Browning Model 1910 / FN M1910

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

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

    1895
    Colt Browning M1895 (Potato Digger)
    Convinced of the inherent value of machine guns based on experiences in the Spanish American War of ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Colt Browning M1895 (Potato Digger)

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

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

    1933
    Fabrique Nationale FN M2HB
    Like other John Browning gun designs, his famous Browning M2 Heavy Machine Gun ended up produced in ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN M2HB

    1917
    Fusil Automatique Modele 1917 (Model 1917 RSC)
    The culmination of work begun by French arms experts in the early 1900s produced the now-largely for... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Fusil Automatique Modele 1917 (Model 1917 RSC)

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

    1914
    Hotchkiss Model 1914 (Mle 1914)
    During the late 1800s, there only existed a few proven "true" machine gun concepts anywhere in the w... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Hotchkiss Model 1914 (Mle 1914)

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1917
    M1917 Enfield (American Enfield)
    Britain had already begun the task of replacing their Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) infantry rif... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M1917 Enfield (American Enfield)

    1936
    MAS 36 (modele 36 / mle 36)
    The MAS 36 was a solid, if unspectacular, French Army service rifle appearing in small quantities be... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the MAS 36 (modele 36 / mle 36)

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

    1892
    MAS Modele 1892 (Lebel Revolver)
    The MAS Modele 1892 revolver was selected by French military authorities to replace the aging MAS Mo... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the MAS Modele 1892 (Lebel Revolver)

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

    1935
    Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k
    With origins dating as far back as World War 1, the famous German Army Kar 98k ("Kar" the abbreviati... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k

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

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

    1889
    Smith & Wesson SW Model 10 (38 Special)
    The famous ".38 Special" revolver was the Smith & Wesson Model 10 which first appeared in 1899 and w... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Smith & Wesson SW Model 10 (38 Special)

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

    1915
    Stokes Mortar (3-inch)
    While mortars largely fell out of interest prior to World War 1, the stalemate of trench warfare for... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Stokes Mortar (3-inch)

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

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

    1912
    Vickers Machine Gun (Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303in, Mk 1)
    Like most other medium support machine systems born around the turn of the century, the British Vick... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Machine Gun (Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303in, Mk 1)

    1938
    Walther P38 (Pistole 38)
    The Walter concern of German designed and developed the "Pistole 38" ("P38") semi-automatic pistol a... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Walther P38 (Pistole 38)

    1929
    Walther PP (Polizei Pistole)
    Founded in 1886, the Carl Walther GmbH concern designed and manufactured many small arms prior to Wo... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Walther PP (Polizei Pistole)