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Top 5 Handguns of WWII

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The Military Arms Channel does his take on the “Top 5” list, this time focusing on history, specifically the handguns used in World War II. There’s no order to these, they’re just Tim’s five favorites. But first, the P08 Luger, which is classic and which he really just likes. These guns are premium from his collection, and are extremely valuable.

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World War I and World War II brought about innovation in firearms, sadly enough, Tim says. Humans appear to be at their peak when it comes to the need for advanced weaponry, such as the atomic bomb, for example. There’s the Walther P38 9mm. Designed in the 1930s,this handgun would still be considered modern by today’s standards. It only lacks a few features that keep it from being one of the “wonder 9” of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The main difference is that the P38 has a single-stack magazine and does not have an “American release.” The P38 was very ahead of its time.

The Colt 1911 is next, which debuted in World War I but saw increased popularity as a sidearm in World War II. The 1911 remained in the US Army’s inventory until 1985. The model in the video is an original one and has quite a history behind it, manufactured in 1944 and in very good condition. It was sent to the UK during the Lend-Lease Act, and probably sat through the war in a warehouse, given its lack of wear and tear. The only problem with these originals is that they had no safety firing pin.

The 1911 was revolutionary in its design, and its Browning action mechanism is still used by many modern handguns, like the Glock 19. The Polish Viz 35 is one of the guns of the ’40s that copied this mechanism pretty accurately. The model he has was produced in Poland during the Nazi occupation, and has the mark of Nazi Germany, so it was likely used by German soldiers. The gun is known for its reliability, durability and ergonomics.

Next is another gun based on the Browning action, developed in Russia: the TT33. This is a rare gun, which comes with a flap holster. The TT33 continued in military service even after WWII. It’s single-action and has no safeties, and the serrations prove that it was made after the war, in 1949.

Then there’s the Browning Hi-Power, also based on Browning’s work, which comes in an original canvas holster from 1944 and was made in Canada. The Hi-Power was used by both the Allied and Axis forces. The rear sight makes it distinctly Canadian, and it has a double-stack magazine. This model was made for a Chinese contract. It comes with a wooden stock that attaches so it can be fired as a rifle.


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