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WW2 French Guns (and Other Small Arms)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Using antiquated, donated and captured weapons, the French Army made the most out of a poor situation.


There are a total of 32 WW2 French Guns (and other small arms) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. This listing also includes portable weaponry such as hand grenades and mortars. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1 (Bazooka)
The M1 "Bazooka" proved one of the stars of the Allied cause during World War 2 and went on to inspire the German "Panzerschr...
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Beretta Model 1935
The storied firearms concern of Beretta was founded in 1526 by Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta out of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. Si...
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Bergmann MP18/I (Maschinenpistole 18/I)
While much of the attention of early submachine guns is ultimately paid to the Germans and their MP18 (Maschinenpistole 18), ...
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Boys Anti-Tank Rifle
Recognizing the increased reliance on armor by the world's armies in the lead-up to World War 2 (1939-1945), the British Army...
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Brandt mle 27 (Mortier Brandt de 81mm modele 27)
The Brandt mle 27 mortar served various world powers (in some form or another) throughout the latter portion of the 1920s and...
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The BREN Light Machine Gun was the standard light machine gun of the British Army and Commonwealth forces throughout World Wa...
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Browning M1919 GPMG
Like many of the infantry weapons made available to American servicemen of World War 2 (1939-1945), the Browning M1919 shared...
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Browning M2 (HMG)
Very few machine guns in the history of the world own a legacy such as that of famous the Browning M2 heavy machine gun serie...
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Browning Model 1910 / FN M1910
The Model 1910 was another successful John Browning firearms design that was initially produced by the Belgian firm of Fabriq...
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Browning Model 1922 (Model 1910/1922)
In 1923, the Yugoslavian authorities contracted the Belgian concern of Fabrique Nationale to develop a semi-automatic pistol ...
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Chatellerault Model 1929 (modele 1924/29)
Prior to World War 2, a reliable squad level light machine gun eluded the French military for a considerable number of years....
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Colt Browning M1895 (Potato Digger)
Convinced of the inherent value of machine guns based on experiences in the Spanish American War of 1898 (and not wholly sold...
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De Lisle Carbine
The De Lisle silenced carbine was developed during 1942 as a time when the outcome of World War 2 was still very much in doub...
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F1 (Hand Grenade - France)
The F1 served the French Army through World War 1 and World War 2 as a standard anti-personnel fragmentation infantry hand gr...
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Fabrique Nationale FN M2HB
Like other John Browning gun designs, his famous Browning M2 Heavy Machine Gun ended up produced in Europe (Belgium) under th...
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Fusil Automatique Modele 1917 (Model 1917 RSC)
The culmination of work begun by French arms experts in the early 1900s produced the now-largely forgotten "Fusil Automatique...
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Hotchkiss Model 1909 (Mle 1909 / Benet-Mercie)
Design of the M1909 was brought about by a new French requirement looking to provide ground elements with a "light" automatic...
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Hotchkiss Model 1914 (Mle 1914)
During the late 1800s, there only existed a few proven "true" machine gun concepts anywhere in the world. Countless attempts ...
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Lebel Model 1886
The Lebel Model 1886 (more formally as the "Fusil Modele 1886 ") was the standard infantry rifle of the French Army before an...
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Lewis Machine Gun
American Isaac Newton Lewis (1858-1931) served in the United States Army and lent his talents to invention when possible. In ...
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M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
The American arms industry reached all new heights with its commitment in World War 2. Much of the existing stock of guns wer...
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M1917 Enfield (American Enfield)
Britain had already begun the task of replacing their Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) infantry rifles in the years precedin...
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MAS 36 (modele 36 / mle 36)
The MAS 36 was a solid, if unspectacular, French Army service rifle appearing in small quantities before the start of World W...
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MAS 38 (Pistolet Mitrailleur MAS modele 38)
World War 1 introduced the concept of "machine pistols" to help bridge the gap between the portable pistol sidearm and the le...
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Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k
With origins dating as far back as World War 1, the famous German Army Kar 98k ("Kar" the abbreviation of "karabiner" transla...
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Mortar, 60mm M2
The M2 60mm light mortar served US Army and Marine forces in World War 2 and through the Korean and the Vietnam wars, becomin...
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Nagant Model 1895 (M1895)
The Nagant Model of 1895 was a seven-shot service revolver developed in Belgium and adopted by the Imperial Russian Army as i...
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Smith & Wesson SW Model 10 (38 Special)
The famous ".38 Special" revolver was the Smith & Wesson Model 10 which first appeared in 1899 and went on to see some 6 mill...
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The British STEN submachine gun is one of those rare firearms in history that was born of desperation and turned into a war-w...
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Vickers Machine Gun (Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303in, Mk 1)
Like most other medium support machine systems born around the turn of the century, the British Vickers Medium Machine Gun or...
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Walther P38 (Pistole 38)
The Walter concern of German designed and developed the "Pistole 38" ("P38") semi-automatic pistol as a direct replacement fo...
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Walther PP (Polizei Pistole)
Founded in 1886, the Carl Walther GmbH concern designed and manufactured many small arms prior to World War 2 (1939-1945). In...
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