Post WWII Military Firearms
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United States Rifles & Carbines

U.S. Model M14 (M1A) Springfield Rifle
The M14 is an improved M1 Garand. It was produced from 1957 until 1964, when the M16 was adopted. First issued as a primary military arm, it was subsequently issued primarily to snipers and designated marksman. It is very accurate and fires the powerful 7.62x51mm NATO round. My rifle is the semi-automatic version of the M14 manufactured by Springfield Armory, Inc. It has a national match barrel, sights, and trigger assembly; an American walnut stock, and a 6x40 military scope. My rifle accepts 5, 10, and 20 round box magazines. I own an original Vietnam era bayonet for this rifle. Snapshot
U.S. M4 Carbine
In 1966, the U.S. Army identified a requirement for a shortened version of the M16 rifle, primarily for use by Special Forces personnel who needed a smaller weapon. The M4 design was finalized in 1985. It can be distinguished from earlier versions of the M16 by the distinctive cutout in the barrel, about an inch in front of the front sight, for mounting an M203 grenade launcher. Today, U.S. Special Operations personnel carry the M4 carbine with a variety of high-tech sighting devices. The gun in my collection is a semi-automatic version of the M4 carbine. It is fitted with a military Aimpoint M68 red-dot scope and a Surefire M951XM07 flashlight system with remote pressure switch. Snapshot

United States Side Arms

Remington Rand Model 1911A1 Pistol
You can find a full description of this pistol in the WWII section of this site. After World War II, these sidearms were carried by U.S. forces in Korea and Vietnam. After many years of service, the U.S. Government replaced them with the 9mm Beretta M9 pistol (shown below) in October 1986. (Flayderman reference number 5B-253.) Snapshot
 
Beretta Model 9 Pistol
The Beretta Model 92 offers several qualities that makes it one of the best combat side arms: single or double action, alloy frame, no glare finish, ambidextrous safety lever, reversible magazine release, open top slide, chamber loaded indicator, and unique triple safety. It offers an excellent combination of firepower, precision, safety and reliability. The U.S. M9 pistol got its initiation under fire during the 1991 Gulf War. Snapshot

Foreign Assault Rifles

Soviet SKS Assault Carbine (1959)
The SKS was designed during the final days of WWII. It was the first officially adopted arm chambered for the new "intermediate" 7.62 x 39 mm service cartridge. The SKS is an oddity in history in that many millions were made in the Soviet Union, China, and Yugoslavia long after the design had been made somewhat obsolete by the AK-47 assault rifle. Perhaps this was because it was easier to promote ammunition conservation and fire discipline by issuing semi-automatic weapons than to train men not to shoot their selective fire weapons on full automatic. In any event, the SKS became a popular weapon in many communist block countries and the third world. SKSs were used to great affect by the enemy during the Vietnam War. This SKS was made in 1959 in Romania. It has a milled receiver and screw-in barrel. It is in excellent condition. An original bayonet is attached to the muzzle of the weapon. It swings out and locks in place when needed. NOTE: This vintage SKS was updated a few years ago to make it more contemporary. Click here to see the updated version of the same rifle. Snapshot
 
Chinese AK-47 Assault Rifle
The AK-47 has the well-deserved reputation as one of the most reliable battle rifles ever produced. Today, there are over 30 million of these rifles in service around the world, making it the most widely distributed battle rifle. This firearm was designed by Russian inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov. There are many Kalashnikov models, clones, and copies. No matter what the variations on the basic models are, the firearm's function remains the same. The AK-47 evolved into what is called the AKM by virtue of improved production & design. The Chinese manufactured this MAK-90, which is a semi-automatic version of the AK-47/AKM. Snapshot


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