List of World War II firearms

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Assault Rifles[edit]


  • Beretta Modello 1934: A compact pistol adopted as the Italian service pistol before World War II, has become one of the most popular collectors' pistols.
  • Beretta Modello 1935
  • FN Model 1910: Developed before World War I, many 1910's were in service worldwide during World War II, and the type was produced for Luftwaffe aircrews during German occupation of Belgium from 1940-1944. This pistol is what was used to initiate the First World War (The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria)
  • Browning HP: A 9 mm pistol in service with many nations prior to World War II, and which was produced during the occupation for German forces. Additionally led to Canadian production for the Allies. The HP continues in production today but has been supplanted in many cases by the Czech CZ-75B 9mm.
  • CZ vz 38: Entering service with the Czech army when Czechoslovakia collapsed, the design was not overly successful, and served in second-line duties during World War II.
  • Enfield No.2 Mk.1: Common name for Revolver No 2.
  • Glisenti Model 1910: A less-successful design which was the standard Italian sidearm in World War I. Many remained in service in World War II.
  • Inglis High Power: A Canadian re-engineering of the Browning High Power.
  • Luger P 08: Standard German pistol from 1908 to 1942, the Luger remained in widespread German service through the war and was manufactured until 1942.
  • Mauser C-96
  • Colt M1911A1: .45ACP caliber pistol of Browning design, standard service pistol of American forces until recent replacement by the Beretta 92FS (M9) in the late 1980s, but still in limited usage by the US armed forces.
  • M1917 revolver: A .45ACP cal revolver developed for service with United States forces in World War I, but was still in service with the Military Police through World War II.
  • M1942 Liberator: A covert operations pistol ordered by the OSS for dropping into occupied territories. It was a single-shot weapon of incredibly simple nature.
  • Nagant M1895: The Nagant M1895 Revolver was a seven-shot, gas-seal revolver designed and produced by Belgian industrialist Léon Nagant for Tsarist Russia. The gas-seal capability of the M1895 made it the only revolver to effectively use a silencer. The M1895 started to be replaced by the more modern Tokarev semi-automatic pistol in 1933 but was still produced and used in great numbers during World War II.
  • Vis: Service pistol of the Polish forces entering World War II, remained in production for the Waffen-SS through 1944.
  • Revolver No.2: A .38SW (not to be confused with .38 SW SPL) revolver derived from the Webley Mk.4, but put into production at Enfield. Standard service revolver of British forces in World War II. The .38SW was a poor replacement for the much better .455 Webley.
  • Sauer 38H: A semi-automatic pistol, featuring several revolutionary innovations, favoured by the Luftwaffe and Fallschirmjäger paratroop units.
  • Smith & Wesson 0.38/200: A .38 S&W (200gr bullet) revolver ordered by the United Kingdom for production in the United States early in the war. This 200gr bullet was replaced by a 176gr in respect to The Hague Convention.
  • Tokarev TT-30: A 7.62 mm semi automatic pistol which was the first in Soviet service. Few were made and few of those remained in World War II.
  • Tokarev TT-33: Standard pistol of the Soviet Union, derived from FN-Browning designs, but sturdier and easier to manufacture. Licensed manufacture extended to many other countries.
  • Type 14: Standard Japanese service pistol, of 8 mm calibre.
  • Type 26: Japanese revolver.
  • Type 94: Commercially available pistol from prior to World War II purchased and produced for military use by Japan during the war.
  • Walther AP: Prototype of the new gun to replace the Luger and had a concealed hammer, not adopted.
  • Walther HP: Commercial version of the P.38 available for sale by Walther during the war.
  • Walther P 38: 9mm luger pistol designed in 1938 which officially replaced Luger during World War II. The P.38 is similar to the AP gun but had an exposed hammer. After World War II Walther began to manufacture the P.38 with aluminum frames and sleeved barrels.. The P.38 and P1 are the same pistol however the P1 is the post war German military designation.
  • Walther PP: Small pistol designed for police service and available in 9 mm short (.380ACP), 9mm Ultra, .32, .25, or .22 calibres. Served as military sidearms in World War II.
  • Walther PPK: Shortened derivative of Walther PP designed for covert operations and other roles where concealment is required.
  • Webley Mk.IV: A .38 S&W (not to be confused with .38 S&W Special) derived from the .455 British service revolver of World War I, led to the Enfield No.2. Served widely with British and Commonwealth forces in World War II.

Sub-machine Guns[edit]

Thompson 1927


Machine Guns[edit]

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