Luger P08 pistol
Manufactured by Mauser c.1940′s - serial number 5705, matches the suppressor.
9x19mm Parabellum 7-round detachabale box magazine, toggle-lock short recoil semi-automatic fire, integral suppressor.
Luger P06/29 ‘Match’ pistol
Manufactured by Mauser c.1969-86 in Oberndorf, Germany.
9mm Luger 7-round removable box magazine, toggle-lock short recoil semi-automatic fire, “bull” heavy barrel.
Although the Luger P08 had seen some post-war production for French and Soviet occupying troops, it is only when Mauser bought back the Swiss P06/29 pistol tooling that it resumed in earnest. This target model is a rare variant of this new production run.
Whitworth target rifle
Designed in 1858, manufactured in Birmingham, United Kingdom c.1863.
.451(bore)/.475(rifling), hexagonal lead bullet, caplock, single shot.
One of the most sough-after long-distance rifle in both side of the American Civil War, one such rifle was used by a Confederate sniper at the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse to land a hit just below Union Major General John “Uncle John” Sedgwick’s left eye, who himself probably gave us the best last word ever uttered :
“What? Men dodging this way for single bullets? What will you do when they open fire along the whole line? Why are you dodging like this? They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”
Mannlicher M1897/01 sporting carbine
Designed c.1896-97 by Ferdinand Mannlicher, produced c.1901~18 - serial number 99.
7,63x25mm 6-round removable box magazine, single action short-recoil semi-automatic, external cocking lever linked to an internal hammer, single piece forend, extra magazine pouch.
After failing to prove itself resistantto the rigors of military service, this carbine became a high-end sporting carbine. The forend in particular was really prone to cracking, which is visible on this example.
Mauser C96 cone hammer carbine
Converted to carbine by Carl Loguch in Germany c. late 1890′s - serial number 12.
7,63x25mm Mauser ten-round internal box magazine, short recoil semi-automatic, fixed foregrip independent of the barrel, dovetailed removable stock, Karl Kahles 1,5x~3x scope.
Not to be confused with the M1917 trench carbine which was built as such and had a very different receiver.
Manufactured in Czechoslovakia c.1952~59 by ČZUB - serial number L23247.
7,62x39mm 10-round detachable box magazine, reloaded mostly using stripper clips, gas operated semi-automatic fire, folding 20cm long steel double-edged bayonet.
The Vz.52/57 is a conversion of the Vz.52 to use the Russian 7,62x39mm M43 cartridge instead of its original 7,62x45mm proprietary cartridge.
scoped Thomas Bland & Sons takedown rifle
Manufactured by Thomas Bland and Sons c.1905 at 2 King William St. London, with a Belgian-proofed Mauser-type receiver and a Carl Zeiss prismatic scope.
Boxed with Kynoch brand .375/303 - 303 Westley Richards cartridges, single shot bolt action.
Carl Zeiss was an amazing person and I will personally fight anyone claiming otherwise.
Walther Gewehr 43 sniper rifle
Manufactured by Berlin-Lübecker Maschinenfabrik c.1943-45 - serial number 2753k.
7,92x57mm Mauser 10-round removable box magazine, can be fed with stripper clips, gas-operated semi-automatic fire, ZF4 scope.
Following in the steps of its American and Soviet predecessors, the G43 cements the look for future post-war battle rifles. Initially a much more complex design, the G41(W), it was simplified when Walther Waffenfabrik analyzed a captured Tokarev SVT-40 and decided to get rid of the silly gas-operated-phobic requirements of the German army.
Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank MkI
Designed by British Major M. Jefferis c.1942 and employed in the field c.1943~50′s.
Spigot mortar system similar to a Blacker Bombard, launching a 83mm caliber 2,5lbs/1,13kg shaped charge bomb by striking a small propellant charge in its butt, with a range of up to 350m using indirect fire. In theory launching the projectile re-cocks the spring-loaded spigot, which serves as a fixed firing pin and otherwise requires about 90kg of pull to re-cock manually.
Another British weapon born of the panicked rush of early WW2, the PIAT bomb launcher was designed to replace the entirely ineffective Boys antitank rifle. It was heavy, had a strong recoil and could be very impractical to use in adverse circumstances, but unlike its predecessor it could take out tanks like no one’s business.
M1 carbine with M3 infrared scope
Manufactured by Quality Hardware Co. with a scope by American Optical Co. c.1944 - serial number 4659482.
7.62×33mm/.30 Carbine 15-round removable box magazine, gas operated semi-automatic, 20k Volt infrared light with 175m range infrared scope, additional foregrip.
The first infrared system used by the American army, mostly in the Korean war. These early doodads were bulky, with their battery pack limiting the mobility of the soldiers carrying them.
Colt ‘Camp Perry’ target pistol
Made c.1938 by Colt’s Manufacturing Co. on a similar frame to the Detective Special - serial number 2379.
.22LR single shot, swing-out breech block, double action, King adjustable sights.
A few model of popular revolvers got this kind of conversion in the early 20th century. The cylinder is replaced by a flat single-shot ‘receiver’, which got rid of the cylinder gap along with many moving parts, making the handgun more accurate.
Hotchkiss Mle 1909 US automatic rifle
Manufactured by Colt and Springfield Armory c.WW1 with a Warner & Swasey M1908 telescopic sight - serial number 316.
.30-06 30-round metal strip, gas operated full automatic, bipod with dedicated leather strap.
I like automatic rifles, and I like metal feed strips.