Ugly Gun Sunday
To the right are three ugly but wonderful Czech 9mm grease guns. These three appear to be among others at an open air East European arms market. We can't call it a gun show, those wicked practices only occur in the United States.
The M3 Grease Gun (the original WWII gun) was designed in 1942 by George Hyde and Frederick Sampson. Approximately 680,000 were built to equip paratroopers and Marines. They were full auto only blowback weapons, with an open bolt. The rate of fire was 350-450 rounds/minute. The M3 and M3A1 were officially retired from US military arsenals in 1957, but they saw service in Vietnam, and as late as 1991 by drivers in the 19th Engineer Battalion, during Desert Storm. Why the comeback? They work.
Why do grease guns reappear in various guises in guerrilla wars? They are cheap and easy to build.......And they work.
Labels: Ugly Guns