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    World War 2 U.S. Guns and Other Small Arms (1939-1945)

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

    A stout industrial base eventually ensured America could flood the war zone with whatever weapon type was required for victory.





    There are a total of (75) World War 2 U.S. Guns and other small arms (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Definitive listings for U.S. Airborne Infantry and U.S. Infantry Regiment weapons can be found on their respective pages. 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.




    1912
    Bangalore Torpedo
    The Bangalore Torpedo was a British invention seen just prior to World War 1 (1914-1918) and develop... [Read More]
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    1934
    Beretta Model 1934
    Beretta - founded as far back as 1526 in Brescia, Italy - introduced their first semi-automatic pist... [Read More]
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    1935
    Beretta Model 1935
    The famous firearms concern of Beretta was founded in 1526 by Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta out of Bres... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1936
    Browning .303
    Browning guns held a certain level of excellence in their design that they were ultimately manufactu... [Read More]
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    1902
    Browning Auto-5
    One of American gunsmith John Moses Browning's most famous designs (and one of the most popular shot... [Read More]
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    1935
    Browning High-Power / FN GP35
    The Browning High-Power (or Fabrique Nationale FN GP35 - "GP" for "Grande Puissance") has a lineage ... [Read More]
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    1917
    Browning M1917 (Model 1917)
    The Browning M1917 machine gun became one of those rare weapons in American military history that we... [Read More]
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    1918
    Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)
    The M1918 BAR ("Browning Automatic Rifle") was born out of the World War One idea of a single soldie... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1903
    Browning Model 1903 / FN M1903
    The Fabrique Nationale FN Model 1903 was a solid, well-traveled pistol used in both World Wars. The ... [Read More]
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    1910
    Browning Model 1910 / FN M1910
    The Model 1910 was another successful John Browning firearms design that was initially produced by t... [Read More]
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    1922
    Browning Model 1922 (Model 1910/1922)
    In 1923, the Yugoslavian authorities contracted the Belgian concern of Fabrique Nationale to develop... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1911
    Colt M1911
    The Colt model M1911 series of pistols is one of the most successful small arms designs of the 20th ... [Read More]
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    1898
    Colt Model 1898 (New Service)
    In 1898, Colt Firearms unveiled a new six-shot revolver chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge as the ... [Read More]
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    1903
    Colt Model 1903 (Pocket Hammerless)
    The Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless (or M1903) was a semi-automatic pistol from the long line of f... [Read More]
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    1917
    Colt Model 1917
    When the Americans formally entered World War 1 in 1917, they lacked much in the way of viable fight... [Read More]
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    1943
    De Lisle Carbine
    The De Lisle silenced carbine was developed during 1942 as a time when the outcome of World War 2 wa... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1933
    Fabrique Nationale FN M2HB
    Like other John Browning gun designs, his famous Browning M2 Heavy Machine Gun ended up produced in ... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1937
    Ithaca Model 37
    The Ithaca Model 37 (M37) has proven a hugely popular pump-action slide shotgun since its introducti... [Read More]
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    1941
    Johnson LMG
    The Johnson Model 1941 Light Machine Gun (LMG) was a product of the Cranston Arms Company of Provide... [Read More]
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    1941
    Johnson Model 1941
    The Johnson Model 1941 faced off against the M1 Garand rifle before the start of hostilities that be... [Read More]
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    1894
    Krag-Jorgensen Model 1894
    The Krag-Jorgensen was a bolt-action, repeat-fire rifle of Norwegian origin designed in the latter h... [Read More]
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    1914
    Lewis Machine Gun
    American Isaac Newton Lewis (1858-1931) served in the United States Army and lent his talents to inv... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1941
    M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower
    There are many ways in which to decimate one's enemy - arguably one of the most terrible being fire.... [Read More]
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    1942
    M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
    The American arms industry reached all new heights with its commitment in World War 2. Much of the e... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1938
    M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
    The Thompson series of submachine guns (not quite a pistol yet not a full-fledged machine gun) began... [Read More]
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    1941
    M17 (T2 Grenade)
    Prior to the wide scale adoption of man-portable, shoulder-fired rocket weapons during the Cold War,... [Read More]
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    1917
    M1917 Enfield (American Enfield)
    Britain had already begun the task of replacing their Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) infantry rif... [Read More]
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    1943
    M2 4.2-inch (Goon Gun)
    The modern infantry mortar traces its roots back to World War 1 (1914-1918) when British inventor Si... [Read More]
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    1945
    M20 75mm
    Recoilless rifles are a specialized category of battlefield weaponry that see less service today tha... [Read More]
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    1943
    M2-2 / M9A1-7
    The M2 flamethrower (M2-2) served as the standard flamethrower of the US military during and after W... [Read More]
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    1943
    M3 (Grease Gun)
    The M3 "Grease Gun" was an economical weapons design meant to arm large quantities of American troop... [Read More]
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    1944
    M3A1 (Grease Gun) Suppressed
    Designed in 1942 with serial production beginning in 1943, the original M3/M3A1 "Grease Gun" submach... [Read More]
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    1941
    M9 HEAT
    While the U.S. Army approved and adopted an anti-personnel rifle grenade in the "M17" of 1941, it al... [Read More]
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    1894
    Marlin Model 1894
    The Marlin Firearms Company entered into the gun market during 1870 and made a name for itself by ma... [Read More]
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    1918
    Mk II / Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
    The Mk II/Mk 2 series fragmentation grenade was the standard American Army infantry hand grenade fro... [Read More]
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    1942
    Mortar, 60mm M19
    The M19 60mm mortar (the US equivalent to the British 2-inch) was developed during World War 2 for i... [Read More]
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    1940
    Mortar, 60mm M2
    The M2 60mm light mortar served US Army and Marine forces in World War 2 and through the Korean and ... [Read More]
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    1935
    Mortar, 81mm M1
    The American M1 81mm Mortar, like the upcoming M2 60mm Mortar, was based on a French design by Edgar... [Read More]
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    1891
    Mosin-Nagant Model 1891
    Like all other world powers of the late-1800s, the Russian Empire sought modernization in its milita... [Read More]
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    1938
    MP38 (Maschinenpistole 38)
    The MP38 served as the predecessor to the well known MP40 series of mass-produced submachine guns de... [Read More]
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    1940
    MP40 (Maschinenpistole 40)
    As the original German Army MP38 submachine gun series proving a success, it was also too expensive ... [Read More]
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    1943
    No. 82 Grenade (Gammon Bomb)
    The hand grenade was used throughout World War 1 (1914-1918) in various forms and some models manage... [Read More]
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    1941
    Owen SMG (Owen Machine Carbine)
    Despite its obvious battlefield value today, world militaries took some time to warm up to the idea ... [Read More]
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    1941
    PPSh-41 (Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina 41)
    The Soviet Army began experimentation of submachine gun class weapons in the latter half of the 1920... [Read More]
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    1941
    Reising Model 50 (M50/M55)
    Before the arrival of the various classic American firearms of World War 2 such as the M1 Thompson, ... [Read More]
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    1908
    Remington Model 10 (M10)
    Unlike other global firepowers, the United States was never shy about going to war with shotguns in ... [Read More]
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    1905
    Remington Model 11 (M11 / Remington Autoloading Gun)
    Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning (1855-1926) had many of his popular rifle and shotgun d... [Read More]
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    1935
    Savage Arms M720
    The Savage M720 existed as a semi-automatic, repeat-fire shotgun delivered by the Savage Arms Compan... [Read More]
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    1945
    Simonov SKS (Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova)
    The Soviet-produced SKS, or the Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova, was the design of Sergei Gav... [Read More]
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    1908
    Smith & Wesson 1st Model New Century (Triple Lock)
    In 1868, the legendary firm of Smith & Wesson introduced their Model 3, a large-caliber, hinged-fram... [Read More]
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    1917
    Smith & Wesson Model 1917
    The revolver was the primary side arm in most every major world army during the mid-to-late 1800s an... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1903
    Springfield M1903 (Model 1903)
    The M1903 "Springfield" bolt-action service rifle was the standard infantry rifle of the American Ar... [Read More]
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    1941
    STEN SMG
    The British STEN submachine gun is one of those rare firearms in history that was born of desperatio... [Read More]
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    1910
    Stevens M520 (Model 520)
    The Stevens Model 520 (M520) was a pump-action slide shotgun appearing around 1910. Its general form... [Read More]
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    1927
    Stevens M620 (Model 620)
    The Stevens M620 was an improved version of John Moses Browning's earlier M520 series, primarily wit... [Read More]
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    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]
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    1936
    Type 96
    The Type 96 Light Machine Gun served with the Imperial Japanese Army from 1936 to the end of World W... [Read More]
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    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]
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    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]
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    1929
    Walther PP (Polizei Pistole)
    Founded in 1886, the Carl Walther GmbH concern designed and manufactured many small arms prior to Wo... [Read More]
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    1931
    Walther PPK (Polizei Pistole Kriminalmodell)
    Walther introduced their original PP ("Polizei Pistole") compact semi-automatic pistol in 1929 and i... [Read More]
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    1939
    Welrod (Assassin's Pistol)
    The Welrod was designed in the early part of World War 2 after a very short development period by th... [Read More]
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    1897
    Winchester Model 1897
    Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning went to work for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company ... [Read More]
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    1912
    Winchester Model 1912
    Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning partnered with the Winchester Repeating Arms Company be... [Read More]
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    1936
    Winchester Model 70
    In 1925, the renowned Winchester Repeating Arms Company unveiled their Model 54 bolt-action rifle fo... [Read More]
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