World War 2 Weapons

Even though WW2 was a horrible conflict, it had many cool-looking guns. I think these guns have a nicer appearance than modern ones. I will be telling facts about them.

Japan had a bolt-action rifle which was an older model. These rifle were made mostly in the 1890s. The rifle was called the Arisaka, and after one shot, you had to cock back the bolt. Unfortunately, you had to reload after one shot. However if it hit your enemy in the head, it would instantly kill him, and if in the body, it would be a fatal injury.

Japan: Arisaka

Japan’s sub-machine gun the Type 100 was a peculiar gun. The clip was jutting out of the side of the gun. This was a little like their Type 99 but instead the clip was on the top. Although the weapon shot quickly, it was difficult to hit your target.

Japan: Type 100

Germany’s main rifle was the Kar98k (Karabiner 98k) also known as the Mauser. If a gun, for example, has 98 or 41 on the end, that is when it was made. The Kar98k was built in 1898 and was a bolt-action like the Arisaka.

Germany: Kar98k

The German sub-machine gun was the Mp40, made in 1940. It was another machine gun but shot slower than the other ones I will talk about. It was more accurate than the other full-auto guns and was one of the best WW2 guns.

Germany: Mp40

The main rifle of the USA, the M1 Garand, was not a bolt-action but a semi-automatic rifle. Some people say “Why the Allies won WW2” was because of this gun. It was extremely accurate and didn’t have a clip but had a cartridge instead.

USA: M1 Garand

The Thompson was the USA’s full-auto sub-machine gun which was similar to Japan’s Type 100. The official name was the M1928 M1A Thompson but another common nickname is the Tommy gun.

USA: M1928 M1A Thompson

The USSR’s bolt-action: the Mosin-Nagant, made in 1891. It was really similar to the Kar98k.

USSR: Mosin-Nagant

This gun is my favorite gun to use in WW2 video games. It’s the USSR’s PPSH-41. Made in 1941, it was a machine gun. Firing as fast as the wind, it held over 50 bullets in a clip, more than other full-auto sub-machine guns, and had a drum mag clip. Interestingly, the Germans took it back to their country and made it into a gun of there own. An older model was named the “Popuchka” which means “daddy” in Russian.


This concludes my WW2 guns paper. There was many other guns in the WW2 era, but these are the main ones.

2 thoughts on “World War 2 Weapons

  1. Gabriel, I found this post especially fascinating. I guess it’s because I find guns interesting. When growing up my Dad used to take my brother and me down to the river near our house and we would shoot into the hillside with a 22 rifle. I loved doing this.
    That German Mp 40 was a strange looking weapon. Thank goodness the USA had the amazing USA M1 Garland. I didn’t know that was it’s name. Thanks for this wonderful history lesson!
    Love ❤️ Gramsey and Papa

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