Handguns from World Wars

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Douglas Jr.

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Nov 21, 2004
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Hi folks!

This is too quiet... so let me post some pictures of handguns from World War II.

Hope you enjoy.! ;)

Douglas.

Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 (USA)
 

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Thompson M1A1 (USA)
 

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Are they deactivated or in full working order? Since the Dunblane massacre, the only thing you can legally own here is a shotgun or rifle.

Handguns, and anything automatic are strensten verboten. I personally wouldn't want the responsiblity of having one in the house, but in my view, it was a knee-jerk bit of legislation in response to an appalling event which wasn't properly thought out.
 
did you know in the UK it's the right of every citizen to own a shotgun, if you want a shotgun they can't stop you having one unless you have some form of criminal record or illness that could lead to inproper use. you can get a shotgun licence at ANY age, and again they can't stop you, once you have the licence you can use other peoples guns if you're under 18 but once you're 18 you can buy your own..............
 
It can also just as easily be revoked if you, or allow another person to, play the goat with it as well. I knew of that happening to someone at uni.
 
Medvedya said:
Are they deactivated or in full working order? Since the Dunblane massacre, the only thing you can legally own here is a shotgun or rifle.

Handguns, and anything automatic are strensten verboten. I personally wouldn't want the responsiblity of having one in the house, but in my view, it was a knee-jerk bit of legislation in response to an appalling event which wasn't properly thought out.

I´m think it is a stupid law, but usually this kind of legislation is made only to calm down the general public cry. Collectors don´t hurt people.

Well... let´s see a few more!

Here is the most successful selfloading rifle made by the germans: the Gewehr 43 (G43). Chambered to fire the 8mm Mauser bullet, some were equiped with a 4X scope (ZF4). This one was made by Waffenfabrik Walther in 1945 (secret code "ac 45").
 

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It is possible to own other weapons apart from shot guns Black powder licences are still available, the local WW2 re-inactment club have a 25 pounder fully licenced and proofed Although obviously only blanks are used as lobbing the odd shell into the audience could cause some upset . Most checks regarding shot guns are not just on the persons past but also storage/security of the weapon and ammunition.
Air powered weapons are still obtainable but only under a certain power
(fps) once in the area of gas operated or atmosphere guns they then come under special fire arms legilastion.
As for deactivated weapons most are poorly done and can be reactivated without much effort ie bolt action rifles normally have the bolt chamfered
the firing pin ground off and the barrel slotted under the furniture.
None of this detracts from the overall appearance or feel of the fire arm.
As for fully functioning firearms, although not deactivated having a weapon reproofed with the risk of destroying what are becoming valuable collectors items most are not fired anyway so are kept for display purposes only.
 
the current legal limmit for air rifles in the UK is 12lbs, mine's about 10lbs, rock on..............
 
I think you'll find it relates to spring compression however if you double spring it as long as the trigger sear is well machined too take the extra load it push the power way beyond legal limits.
Crossman is one manufacturer that make various gas operated/atmosphere weapons and some of these are in a different league indeed the Austrian army had a unit equipped with air guns.
In the days of the flintlock atmosphere weapons could match or even better the power of black powder arms (1000 FPS) and in terms of rate of fire they where much quicker being able to fire 20 balls before the reservoir had to be pumped up again. unfortunately this took 100 + pumps so they tended to be used for initial assault units mixed with standard muskets.
 
Thanks for all the comments boys! Glad you enjoy!

WALTHER P-38

Here another WWII Classic: the double-action pistol P-38. This gun was designed to replace the legend called Luger as the standard German Army´s sidegun. It introduced the double action system for large/military caliber pistols - a revolution at that time.

This one was made by Waffenfabrik Walther (secret code "ac") in 1944. Late war gun with machine tools marks all over! It has red plastic grips.

Douglas.
 

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Another P-38, this one with black grips. Also shown is the following Third Reich awards: Iron Cross 2nd Class, Panzer Assault Badge and Eastern Front Medal.

Douglas.
 

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Radom VIS-35

Introduced in 1935, the 9mm Luger Radom VIS-35 was the standard pistol to the Polish Army. After the fall of Poland the Radom Arsenal was captured intact by the German forces and the production was reassumed. Lots of VIS35 pistols were delivered to german troops, where they were highly apreciated. Production went on until 1945.

Douglas.
 

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Mauser Model 1914

Although a WWI design, the Mauser Model 1914 (chambered to 7,65mm Browning) was still very popular among German troopers during the WWII. This particular one, according to some papers, was taken from a Luftwaffe Officer, while he was being attended by Allied Medical Corp.

Also shown are the original holster (with the standard brown color), another Iron Cross and the beautiful Luftwaffe Anti-Aircraft Badge.

wishes,

Douglas.
 

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