December Blueprint – German MP40

The final instalment of our military blueprint series looks at the German MP40 Submachine Gun History The MP40 is the iconic weapon of Germany during the Second World War. It was designed in 1938, a culmination of various submachine gun designs of the 1930’s. The gun is made from stamped steel with Bakelite bodywork. It was the first […]

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October Blueprint – German M24 Stick Grenade

In this instalment of our 12 part series on Military blueprints, we look at the German M24 Stick Grenade. History The iconic stick grenade first appeared during the First World War, introduced by the German Empire in 1915. The M15 Stielhandgranate differed greatly from it’s contemporaries. It mounted a charge head within a sheet-steel cylinder atop a long hollow-wooden […]

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May Blueprint – US Colt 1911 Pistol

In this instalment of our 12 part series on Military blueprints, we look at the American Colt 1911. Design The 1911 pistol was designed by legendary firearms designer, John Moses Browning. It was a refinement of his earlier semi-automatic pistol designs. The basic principle of the pistol is recoil operation. As the expanding combustion gases force the bullet […]

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