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Discussion in 'Small Arms and Edged Weapons' started by Hufflepuff, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. Hufflepuff

    Hufflepuff Semi-Frightening Mountain Goat

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    For those of you out there who have had the honor of firing small arms from the WWII era, which one was your favorite to fire and why? If you have fired only one WWII weapon, don't be shy; post what it was and what it was like to shoot. I am open to all posts on any weapon from any nation.
     
  2. B-17engineer

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    YOu mean Pistols, I have held an M1 Garand, never fired it but that was easy to aim. Not terribly heavy
     
  3. JCFalkenbergIII

    JCFalkenbergIII Expert

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    Well I personally own a 1939 issue Mauser Kar98k, 1945 issue Mosin-Nagant M1944 Carbine and 1938 issue Mosin Nagant 91/30. I prefer the Kar98k for its accuracy.
     
  4. JCFalkenbergIII

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    I think he meant "small arms" as a whole. "Small Arms" are not limited to pistols. It can include rifles,carbines,submachine guns,shotguns and assault rifiles.
     
  5. Herr Oberst

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    The Mp-40, not mine but still the most enjoyable wep I've ranged.

    The Garrand, K98 and G24 as well as the colt 45:)
     
  6. JCFalkenbergIII

    JCFalkenbergIII Expert

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    In addition to what I listed I also own a 1918 Lee Enfield , 1917 Mauser Gewher 98 and a 1938 Turkish Mauser And my favorite,a M96 Broomhandle Mauser:).
     
  7. machine shop tom

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    I own a semi-sporterized K98. Love shooting it, especially with surplus ammo.

    I fired an M-1 Garand in a DCM shoot once. Absolutely the best shooting experience I ever had. Shot quite well with it, enough for the range regulars to wonder where the ringer came from.

    tom
     
  8. Erich

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    hmmmmmmmmm this is actually almost a repeat of an older thread.

    2 K-98K, G-33/40
    P-38
    Colt 45 superior to all pistols in every respect except it has a good kick in the butt feel.

    7.65 ww1 Beholla superior to short range even to the P-38 in my estimation

    I own all and fired all ....... now it is time to put them away for display
     
  9. B-17engineer

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    Alrighty I have fired a K-98k......accurate
     
  10. Tony Williams

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    In one range session a couple of years ago I fired a Lee Enfield No.4, a K98k, an FG 42 and a MKb 42 (W).

    The Lee Enfield was much better than the K98k simply because the peep rear sight made aiming very much easier than the leaf sight of the Mauser. Also, the .303 recoil was a bit less, the bolt faster and, of course, the magazine capacity twice as much.

    The FG 42 kicked hard and the muzzle blast and flash were horrendous.

    The MKb 42 (W) had a very gentle push rather than a kick and was the easiest to hold in the aim. Definitely my pick of the bunch unless the fighting was all going to be at very long range.
     
  11. Hufflepuff

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    Dude nice the FG-42 is so rare nowadays.
     
  12. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Can't add much here, I'm afraid...:eek:...but many years ago I had the pleasure of range-firing a P.08 'Luger'. Very pleasant and accurate to fire and the recoil could hardly be felt.

    And I was just so conscious that I was handling a 'legend'.....:cool:
     
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    Martin one of the reasons I have put the WW2 toys away firing WW2 ammo. jams/blockage, backfires and just plain unsafe, and yes the P-08 is a fine weapon for close range, I do enjoy the small size of the Sauer as well. the Browning Hi-power was wild, too bad I was not able to test out my Panzerschreck 54 with a live round......not that I would want to, but then again... ?
     
  14. Herr Oberst

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    I am truly impressed those weps on a range are a rare sight indeed, I am now officially jealous:D
     
  15. Hufflepuff

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    Where did you find a Panzerschreck? The ammo for that thing is extremely rare, not to mention the Panzerschreck itself.
     
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    was the late col. charles askins correct when he said the 9mm killed more people in ww2 than all other small arms cartridge put together? or did he mean just pistol rounds?
     
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    Probably pistol rounds.
     
  18. T. A. Gardner

    T. A. Gardner Genuine Chief

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    I really doubt that. Machineguns were the primary small arms killer of the war and none used the 9mm round.
     
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    yeah, i suspected that too. in fact, the statistical study by the army said less than 5% of all military casualties beginning from 1914 were from small arms. the bulk was from heavy weapons.
     
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    I would probably say, if we were talking about machine guns, the caliber responsible for the most casualties was the 7.62mm American or Soviet or the German 7.92mm round.
     

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