Top Infantry Weapons Of WWII

World War II devastated half of the world. World powers worked to develop firearms that change the tide of warfare, from sub machine guns to nuclear weapons. World War II saw the introduction of many weapon designs that would serve beyond the days of the colossal conflict. The following are some of the most popular guns that emerged during World War II.

Thompson Submachine Gun

Caliber: .45 ACP
Barrel: 10.5 Inches
OA Length: 32 inches
Weight: 10.6 pounds (empty)
Sights: Front blade, adjustable or fixed rear
Action: Select fire or full-auto
Capacity: 20+1, 30+1
Rate of Fire: 600-800 rpm

Model 1921 Thompson .45 ACP was first used by U.S. Marines in Nicaragua during The Banana Wars. The M1 assault rifle was modeled after this submachine gun. Approximately 1.5 Million Thompson Submachine guns were manufactured during the war.

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M3 & M3A1 Grease Gun

Caliber: .45 ACP
Barrel: 8 Inches
OA Length: 23-30 inches
Weight: 8 pounds (empty)
Sights: Fixed
Action: Full-auto
Capacity: 30+1
Rate of Fire: 450 rpm

The submachine gun was issued to the U.S. and certain Allied Troops. The M3 got its design from the British Sten gun. The M3 was cheaper and simpler than the Thompson Submachine gun. Over 600,000 M3s were produced during the WWII.

Reising m50 & M55

Caliber: .45 ACP
Barrel: 11 Inches
OA Length: 31-38 inches
Weight: 6.2-6.8 pounds (empty)
Sights: fixed
Action: Select fire
Capacity: 12+1, 20+1
Rate of Fire: 500-550 rpm

The Reising M50 was adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps because there was a shortage of standard-issue Thompson submachine guns. At first, the Reising appeared to be worthwhile because it was lighter and more compact than the Thompsons, and very accurate when fired on semi-auto. But maintenance problems relating to corrosion surfaced when the Reising M50 was exposed in sand and water.

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Hi, I’m John Eilermann. My fascination with World War II started with stories my father, who was a U.S. Army veteran, told me when I was growing up. For similar reads, subscribe to my blog.


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