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United States - M1911A1 . 45 CALIBER PISTOL

Primary function Semiautomatic pistol, Caliber . 45 (11.4 mm), bullet wt 230 gr, charge 5 gr, Muzzle velocity 830 fps (253 meters), Muzzle Energy 356 (ft-lbs), Magazine capacity 7 rounds, Weight Magazine empty: 2.5 pounds (1.14 kg), Magazine loaded: 3.0 pounds (1.36 kg), Length Overall 8.625 inches (21.91 centimeters), Length of Barrel 5.03 inches (12.78 centimeters), Max Effective range 82.02 feet (25 meters)

As contributed by: Robert Loomis

United States - M1 GARAND 30.06 CALIBER

The M1 Garand. It's caliber was 30.06 and the cartridge used gave it a muzzle velocity of 2700 feet per second. The rifle weighed about 9 pounds. The cartridge clip held 8 rounds. The rifle was not easily jammed nor did anything about it easily break. It was an extremely rugged piece of equipment. It was first produced at the Springfield armory in the state of Illinois back in the late thirties. I am sure it was later produced at other locations after we entered the War.

As told by: David M. "Buck" Rogers

The riflemen carried the M1 Garand, 30.06. It was very reliable. We qualified on the rifle range during basic training. After that we occasionally did some live firing in England, but I don't recall how much. There was a time I could assemble and disassemble the M1 easily, and could name all the parts. It didn't jam easily. Today, the M1 is no longer used by active duty troops. You may see a few M1 rifles around for drill and show.

As told by: Ray Aebischer

Germany - MP40 "Schmeisser"

The MP 38 and MP 40 (MP designates Maschinenpistole, literally "Machine Pistol") is a submachine gun developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by paratroopers, tank crews, platoon and squad leaders, and other troops during World War II. The MP 40 was characterized by its low rate of fire and low recoil.

The MP 40 was often called the "Schmeisser" by the Allies, after weapons designer Hugo Schmeisser. Schmeisser had designed the MP 18, which was the first mass-produced submachine gun, and saw extensive service at the end of the First World War. He did not, however, design the MP 40, although he held a patent on the magazine. He later designed the MP 41, which was an MP 40 with a wooden rifle stock and a selector, identical to those found on the earlier MP 28 submachine gun.

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