Weapons

On this page you will find examples of the type of weapons used by the WW2 Tommy.

 

Sidearms / Flare Pistol

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                                9mm Browning HP  Webley Mk IV .38  No2 Mk5 Flare
Designed                1934                 1932  
Manufacturer FN Browning - Belgium
John Inglis & Co - Canada
   Webley & Scott - UK      Berridge Ltd - UK

Specifications

Weight  1 kg (2.2 lb)  1.1 kg (2.4 lb)  
length  197 mm (7.8 in)  266mm (10.25 in)  
Action  Short recoil operated  Double action revolver  
Effective range  50 m (55 yd)  46 m (50 yd)  
Feed system  13-round magazine  6 round cylinder  Breech loading
 

.303 No4 MK1 Lee Enfield Rifle

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Production history

Designed

 1939

Manufacturer  Royal Small Arms Factory - Enfield, BSA,  RoF - Maltby, Rof -Fazakerley, Long  Branch - Canada, Savage Arms - USA,
Variants

 Rifle No. 4 Mk. 1, Mk. 1* (produced by  Savage and Long Branch)

Specifications

Weight  4 kg (8.8 lb) depending on wood density
Barrel length  635 mm (25 in)
Action  Bolt-action
Effective range  503 m (550 yd)
Maximum range  1,829 m2,000 yd (1,829 m)
Feed system  10-round magazine, loaded with 5-round  charger clips
Sights  Sliding ramp rear sights, Fixed-post front  sights.
 

.303 No4 MK1 (T) Lee Enfield Sniper Rifle

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Production history

Designed

1939

Manufacturer Royal Small Arms Factory - Enfield, BSA, RoF - Maltby, Rof -Fazakerley, Long Branch - Canada, Savage Arms - USA,
Variant

Rifle No. 4 Mk. 1(T) Sniper Rifle

Specifications

Weight  4 kg (8.8 lb) depending on wood density
Barrel length  635 mm (25 in)
Action  Bolt-action
Effective range  503 m (550 yd)
Maximum range  1,829 m (2,000 yd)
Feed system  10-round magazine, loaded with 5-round  charger clips
Sights  Telescopic sights on Sniper models.

 

9mm Sten Sub-Machine Gun

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Production history
Designed

1940

Manufacturer Royal Small Arms Factory - Enfield, BSA, Long Branch - Canada amongst others.
Variants

Mk. I, II, IIS, III, IV, V, VIS

Specifications
Weight 3.2 kg (7.1 lb) (Mk. II)
Barrel length 196 mm (7.7 in)
Action Blowback-operated, Open bolt
Rate of fire version dependent ~500 round/min
Feed system 32-rd detachable box magazine
Sights fixed peep rear, post front

 

.303 Bren Light Machine Gun

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Production history

Designed

1935

Manufacturer Royal Small Arms Factory - Enfield,
John Inglis and Company, Long Branch Factory, Ishapore and Lithgow Small Arms Factory.
Variants

Mk I, II

Specifications

Weight  10.35 kg (22.83 lb)
Barrel length  635 mm (25 in)
Action  Gas-operated, tilting bolt
Rate of fire  500520 rounds/min
Effective range  550 m (600 yd)
Maximum range  1,690 m (1850 yd)
Feed system 30-round detachable box magazine, 100-round detachable pan magazine

 

.303 Vickers Heavy Machine Gun

Production history
Designed 1912
Manufacturer Vickers
Specifications
Weight 15 kg (33.07 lb) to 23 kg (50.71 lb)
Barrel length 720 mm (28.35 in.)
Action recoil with gas boost
Rate of fire 450 to 600 round/min
Effective range 740 m (810 yd)
Maximum range 4,100 m (4,500 yd) indirect fire
Feed system 250-round canvas belt

 

PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank)

Production history
Designed

1942

Manufacturer Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd., various others.
Specifications
Weight  14.4 kg (31.7 lb)
Length  990 mm  (39 in)
Effective range  100 m (110 yd)
Maximum range  320 m (50 yd)
Detonation
mechanism
Impact

 

2-inch Mortar

Production history
Variants

Mark 8 "Airborne"

Specifications
Weight 4.8 kg (10 lb)
Length 530 mm (21 inches)
Crew Two
Shell HE (high explosive):
1 kg (2.2 lb)
SMK (smoke)
909 g (2 lb)
ILL (illuminating)
596 g (1lb 5 oz)
Calibre 2 inch
Action Trip
Elevation 45-90
Rate of fire 8 rounds per minute
Effective range  57 m (500 yd)

 

6 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun (57mm)

Production history
Designed 1940
Manufacturer Royal Ordnance Factory
Variants Mk 11/111 & Mk 111/V
Specifications
Weight 1,140 kg (2,513 lb)
Barrel length 2.54 m (8ft 4 in) 2.85m (9ft 4in)
Action Breech vertical sliding block
Elevation -5 to +15 degrees
Traverse 90 degrees
Effective range 900 m (984 yd)
Maximum range 4,600 m (5,030 yd)
Sights No. 22C

 

 

 

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