Mauser C96 ‘Broomhandle’ selfloading pistols

Manufactured by Mauser in Oberndorf, Germany c.1896-1920′s.
7,63x25mm Mauser 10-round internal box magazine reloaded with stripper clips, short recoil semi-automatic, cut for a removable sock that doubles as a holster.

Pretty pretty German handguns.

Sauce : Forgotten Weapons

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M49/57 submachine gun

Manufactured by Zastava Arms for the Yugoslav People’s Army.
7,62x25mm Tokarev 71-round removable drum magazine, open bolt blowback select fire, sexy heat shield.

Despite the external resemblance and interchangeable magazines, this gun is more similar to the excellent Beretta M/38 than the Soviet PPSh-41.

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Fallschirmjägergewehr 42 automatic rifle - late war variant

Designed by Louis Stange c.1941-42 and manufactured by Heinrich Krieghoff c.1942-45 - serial number 02314.
7,92x57mm Mauser 20-round removable box magazine, gas operated select fire, bipod, ZF4 4x scope, spike bayonet, muzzle brake, 30mm Schießbecher grenade launcher.

An automatic rifle designed to do everything and not weighing much for airborne troops, it somehow worked and inspired small arms development in the following decades.

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French Trench Cleaners c.1915

Picture of three French soldiers equipped for trench warfare, using metal skullcaps, body armor, a 1886 Lebel rifle, a MAS 1873 revolver and what appears to be a vast collection of captured German impact stick grenades.
Notice the use of tactical moustaches, a staple of European powers.

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RSC Fusil Semi-Automatique Mle1917

Designed by Ribeyrolles, Sutter, and Chauchat - made by the Manufacture d’Armes de Tulle in France c.1917~18.
8x51mmR Lebel five-round en-bloc clip, gas-operated semi-automatic, loaded from the bottom.

Made with several Lebel parts, the RSC Mle1917 was the first semi-automatic military rifle to be mass-issued and used during a major conflict, namely World War one. It was a far cry from the revolutionary designs of the French rifle trials of the early 20th century, but it was decently reliable and provided a lot more firepower than the old Lebel Mle1886.