Pistol: U.S. Victory Revolver

US Victory right

Pistol Victory Manufacturer S&W
Cartridge .38 Special, .38/200 Overall Length 8.5″
Action Dbl/Sngl S&W Barrel Length 4″
Magazine 6 rnds swing cyl Weight 1.9 lb

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Victory represents a specific subset of the Smith and Wesson Model 1905 commercial revolver.  For the sake of this article, however, we’ll expand our interests just a bit and cover the general use of the S&W K-frame revolver in the war.

Briefly: Remington Model 11

Model 11 tilt

Shotgun Model 11 Manufacturer Remington
Cartridge 12 gauge Overall Length 46″
Action Semi-automatic Barrel Length 26″
Magazine 5 rounds, tubular Weight 8.5lbs

 

The advent of aerial warfare brought new challenges to training soldiers. How does a military instruct recruits on shooting down a moving object in the sky? For the U.S. Army, the answer came in the form of the Remington Model 11.

Anatomy: U.S. S&W “Victory” Revolver

Anatomy Pistol US Smith and Wesson Victory 3k

Briefly: Dutch Beaumont-Vitaly 71/88

 Dutch Rifle Beaumon-Vitali M71-88 tilt

Rifle Beaumont-Vitali M71/88 Manufacturer Various
Cartridge 11.3x51mmR Overall Length 52″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 32.7″
Magazine 4 rnd fixed box Weight 10 lbs

 

The Beaumont-Vitali was the first Dutch bolt action and featured a unique spring setup in the handle.  In 1888 it saw some updates before finally being replaced with a true smokeless rifle.

Rifle: French Modèle 1936 (MAS 36)

French MAS 36 tilt

Rifle MAS 36 Manufacturer Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Etienne
Cartridge 7.5x54mm Overall Length 40.2″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 22.6″
Magazine 5 rnds staggered fixed Weight 8.2lbs

 

One of the lesser known or understood rifles of WWII, the MAS 36 seemed to have been developed almost as an afterthought from tried concepts. It remains, however, a reliable and rugged rifle