Do You Know Where This Gun Is Made?



By: John Miller

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In the earliest days of firearms manufacturing, guns were all made by hand, often with a lack of precision. As the standardization of mass manufacturing became more common, more and more companies began hitching their success (or failure) to the quality of their firearms. In some instances, those manufacturers became fabulously profitable, linked strongly to their countries of origin. If we name a famous gun, do you think you can match it to the country it came from?

Some call it the “Peacemaker,” but the official name of this gun was the Single Action Army. It was made by a little company called Colt. And Colt, of course, is inextricably linked to the American Old West. Samuel Colt was the first person to start the mass production of revolvers, and his sidearms eventually became icons of the age. What other famous guns do you recall? And do you really think you know where they came from?

We bet you’ve heard of a weapon called the “Tommy gun.” It’s a nickname for the Thompson submachine gun, yet another product that was made by American companies for U.S. troops. During the Second World War, everyone knew just how deadly G.I.s could be when they deployed with these high-speed powerhouses. They also knew that American manufacturers were making a plethora of other guns meant specifically to disarm the Axis and its minions.

Take a shot at this famous gun quiz now! We’ll see if you really know where these famous firearms came from, or whether you’re such a bad aim that you couldn’t hit the side of a barn!

Remington 870

In 1950, Remington -- an iconic American company -- unveiled its legendary 870 model shotgun. Since then, the 870 has become a symbol of ruggedness in hunting fields and on battlefields.


Winchester Model 1894

The lever-action Model 1894 is one of the most famous hunting rifles ever. Winchester, which is based in the U.S., first made these rifles in blackpowder form.


Kalashnikov AK-47

Unveiled just after WWII, the USSR's AK-47 is the most common assault rifle in the world. Tens of millions of these rifles are strewn about the globe, used for security purposes and to wreak havoc.



For decades, the M16 has been the U.S.'s standard service rifle. It saw widespread action during the Vietnam War, and the smaller M4 variant has also been effective in combat.


Heckler & Koch G3

In the '50s, Germany's Heckler & Koch devised the G3, a 7.62×51mm NATO rifle. It can blast up to 600 rounds per minute, and the most skilled shooters can use it to hit targets thousands of yards away.



In the late 1800s, the Russian Empire distributed the Mosin-Nagant rifle to its armed forces. These five-shot, bolt-action rifles are icons of Russia, and nearly 40 million of them were made.


STEN gun

In WWII, the United Kingdom needed affordable sub-machine guns, and it needed them immediately … and the STEN gun was born. For a generation, these cheap but effective weapons were used in European conflicts and around the world.


Mauser Gewehr 98

At the end of the 19th century, Germany began producing the Mauser Gewehr 98, a bolt-action rifle that saw plenty of battlefields in its prime. The rifle relied on the 7.92×57mm Mauser cartridge, which had more than enough stopping power in the middle of a firefight.


Glock 17 series

Introduced in the early '80s in Austria, the Glock 17 series is a 9×19mm Parabellum model that's found widespread use in the military and police forces. Since then, it's been produced in multiple popular variants.



Israel made submachine gun lovers -- and Hollywood directors -- very, very happy with its Uzi, the snub-nosed star of automatic weapons. No need to aim with this high-speed sucker, just spray and pray that you hit something.


Colt M1911

The .45-caliber M1911 was an official sidearm of the U.S. military for decades. Designed by Colt, it saw use in both World Wars, it is also exceedingly popular with civilians for target shooting.


Arisaka Type 30

Japan's army used hundreds of thousands of the bolt-action Type 30 rifle at the beginning of the 20th century. It was particularly common during the Russo-Japanese War.


Beretta 92

The Beretta 92 is a semi-automatic pistol created by the famous Italian company of the same name. The weapon proved to be so reliable that the U.S. military replaced its M1911 with the Beretta 92.


M1 Garand

Few American weapons are so inextricably linked to World War II -- the M1 Garand is a symbol of U.S. resolve in the face of Axis aggression. This semi-automatic .30-caliber rifle was the country's standard service rifle during this horrible conflict, and troops valued its power and ruggedness.


SIG Sauer P238

Sig Sauer is a Swiss-German company with an American distribution arm. The P238 is a small .380 that's been around for less than a decade -- all current models are equipped with fancy night sights.



It's more than a gun -- it's a grenade launcher, and the USSR made the RPG-7 into very, very effective weapon. This shoulder-launched variant is the most common anti-armor device on the planet, and it's been used to blast tanks and other beefy vehicles just about everywhere since the 1960s.


Smith & Wesson M&P

Smith & Wesson is, of course, one of the most famous American companies ever. Its M&P (Military & Police) was introduced in 2005 and comes in multiple variants, all of which are popular with law enforcement types.


Browning M1917

Starting in WWI, the American-made Browning M1917 became one of the scariest weapons of the early to mid-20th century. It is a heavy machine gun with a water-cooled design, and it can spew more than 400 rounds per minute.


PK machine gun

Say what you want about Soviet Empire, it knew how to make machine guns. The PK (Pulemyot Kalashnikova) machine gun was made mostly during the Cold War, but it's so effective that Russia still deploys it throughout its military.


Nagant M1895

A Belgian company devised and built many of its famous Nagant M1895 for the Russian Empire. These gas-sealed revolvers had better-than-average muzzle velocity for their era, and they're still in service in some areas.



Heckler & Koch makes the MP5, a rugged 9mm submachine gun from Germany. Made since the late '60s, it is now one of the most common rifles in the world.


Browning M2

It's the "Ma Deuce," a monstrous American .50-caliber machine gun. With its heavy, powerful rounds, the M2 can literally tear apart big military machines -- and men -- with ease.



First designed in 1944, the Soviet SKS is a semi-automatic carbine made by the millions, and became a major weapon for the Chinese military. The Soviets bypassed the SKS for their own use because they preferred the AK-47.


Ruger LCR

LCR is an acronym for "lightweight compact revolver," and it is made by an American company called Sturm, Ruger & Co. The LCR is an unusual sidearm, one that has a hammer that's completely concealed within the weapon's handle.



The FN FAL is a battle rifle with Belgian origins, and it became very common in NATO countries during the Cold War era. It was built to fire 7.62×51mm NATO cartridges, and this wicked-looking weapon can erupt at a rate of more than 700 rounds per minute.


Springfield Model 1861

The Springfield Model 1861 is a rifled musket that Civil War soldiers used to kill each other by the thousands. Compared to smoothbore guns, this one had much better range -- with practice, some shooters could hit targets hundreds of yards away.


Mossberg 500

Like the Remington 870, the Mossberg 500 is an iconic shotgun. And like the Remington, the Mossberg, too, is made in the USA.


Kel-Tec SUB-2000

Made in the U.S., the Kel-Tec SUB-2000 fires the 9×19mm & .40 S&W cartridge and has a muzzle velocity of about 1,400 feet per second. It's essentially an oversized pistol with a shoulder stock.


Walther P38

As Germany launched its attacks at the beginning of WWII, engineers at Walther began making the P38, a semi-automatic pistol that shoots the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge. In some places, this little gun is still in service.


Taurus PT145

Forjas Taurus, in Brazil, makes the popular Taurus line of sidearms. The PT145 is a little snub-nosed beauty that fires.45 ACP caliber cartridges.


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