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PostSubject: Small Arms of World War II   Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:15 pm

If you know of any small arms weapons that you would like to include in this thread, please do so. Write what you can or copy and paste anything you find. Include pictures and years of service. If it was produced by one country to be used by one country please include that.

Karabiner 98k


The Karabiner 98 was a bolt action rifle chambered for the 8mmx57 IS cartridge that was adopted as the standard service rifle in 1935 by the German Wehrmacht. It was one of the final developments in the long line of Mauser military rifles. Although supplemented by semi- and fully automatic rifles during World War II, it remained the German service rifle until the end of World War II in 1945.

Weight: 3.7 kg (8.2 lb) - 4.1 kg (9.0 lb)
Length: 1,110 mm (43.70 in)
Barrel length: 600 mm (23.62 in)
Cartridge: 8mmx57mm IS
Action: Bolt-action
Muzzle velocity: 760 m/s (2,493 ft/s)
Effective range: 500 m (547 yd) (with iron sights)
800+ m (875 yd) (with optics)
Feed system: 5-round stripper clip, internal magazine
Sights: iron sights. Telescopic sight.

MP-40

Service: 1940 - 1945
Weight: 4 kg (8.82 lb)
Length: 833 mm (32.8 in) stock extended / 630 mm (24.8 in) stock folded
Barrel length: 251 mm (9.9 in)
Cartridge: 9x19mm Parabellum
Action: Straight blowback, open bolt
Rate of fire: 550 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity: ~380 m/s (1,247 ft/s)
Effective range: 100 m
Feed system: 32-round detachable box magazine
Sights: Hooded front blade, fixed and flip-up U-notch rear

Sturmgewehr 44

The StG 44 (Sturmgewehr 44 or "storm(assault) rifle 44(model of 1944)") was an assault rifle developed in Nazi Germany during World War II and was the first of its kind to see major deployment, considered by many historians to be the first modern assault rifle. It is also known under the designations MP 43 and MP 44 (Maschinenpistole 43, Maschinenpistole 44 respectively), which denotes earlier development versions of the same weapon.

Weight: 5.22 kg (11.5 lb)[1]
Length: 940 mm (37 in)
Barrel length: 419 mm (16.5 in)
Cartridge: 7.92mmx33 Kurz
Action: Gas-operated, tilting bolt
Rate of fire: 500-600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity: 685 m/s (2,247 ft/s)
Effective range: 300 m
Feed system: 30-round detachable box magazine
Sights: Adjustable sights, rear: V-notch; front: hooded post

Luger P08 (Parabellum)

Service: 1908 - 1945
Weight: 1.92 lbs. (871 grams)
Length: 8.75 in. (222 mm)
Barrel length: 98 mm–203 mm
(3.9 in–8.02 in.)
Cartridge: 7.65x22mm Parabellum
9x19mm Parabellum
Action: Toggle-locked, short recoil
Rate of fire: Semi-automatic
Muzzle velocity: 50-400 m/s or 1148-1312 f/s (9mm, 4 inch barrel)
Effective range: 50 m (9mm, 4 inch barrel; short barrel)
Feed system: 8-round detachable box magazine, 32-round detachable drum
Sights: Iron sights

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PostSubject: Re: Small Arms of World War II   Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:03 pm

MG-34 Machine Gun


Weight

* 12.1 kg (26.7 lb)
* 19.2 kg (42.3 lb) (with tripod)

Length

* 1,219 mm (48 in)

Barrel length

* 627 mm (24.7 in)

Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser
Action: Recoil operated
Rate of fire: 800-900 rounds/min

Early versions: 600 - 1000 rounds/min selectable on pistol grip.

MG 34"S" : 1,700 rounds/min.

MG 34/41 : 1,200 rounds/min.
Muzzle velocity: 755 m/s (2,477 ft/s)
Feed system: 50/250-round belts, 50-round drum, or 75-round drum magazine with modification
Sights: Iron sights
Service: 1935 - 45


As a Light Machine Gun (LMG), the MG-34 had a bipod mounted behind the muzzle and used a 50-round drum or 75-round double drum. The weapon could be fired from the hip with a sling over the shoulder.

As a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) or Medium Machine Gun (MMG), the MG-34 was mounted on a tripod, with a traverse and elevating mechanism to steady the gun. German Wehrmacht and SS Infantry units used the MG-34 more often in the GPMG role with a 250-round belt.


MG-42 Machinegun


Weight 11.57 kg (25.51 lb)
Length 1,120 mm (44.1 in)
Barrel length 533 mm (21.0 in)
Cartridge 8x57mm IS
Action Recoil-operated, roller-locked
Rate of fire 1,200 rounds/min (varied between 900–1,500 rounds/min with different bolts)
Muzzle velocity 755 m/s (2,477 ft/s)
Effective range 1000 m
Feed system 50 or 250-round belt
Service: 1942 - 1959
Production: ~750,000

Like the MG-34, the -42 could be used in the LMG or GPMG roles. It employed a 50-round box for the LMG role or a 250-round belt for the GPMG role. This was a versatile weapon, relatively lightweight and an excellent machine gun for its day. Many later machineguns evolves out of the MG-34 design including the American M60.

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