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West Point Museum : Small Weapons


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In this balcony gallery, the history of hand-held weaponry is traced from the Stone Age club to modern automatic firearms. Specimens chosen for their rarity, history, or condition show the evolution of axes and clubs, swords, pole arms, shoulder arms, light machine guns, and pistols through the ages.
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 Chinese Bronze Axe
Shang Dynasty (1500-1028 B.C.)
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 Confederate Bowie Knife
with Sheath
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 James Hunter's Rappahannock Forge, located near Fredericksburg, Virginia produced firearms for American forces from late 1776 to 1780.  These large wall guns, of which four survive, defended fort walls, bridging the gap between muskets and artillery.  They are among the very rarest of American arms.​
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Cutaways were often used as educational tools showing Cadets how particular firearms worked.  This is a Spencer Carbine Cutaway.​
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 The Pedersen device replaced the bolt on the M1903 Springfield and allowed the soldier to convert the gun into a semi-automatic rifle.  World War I ended before they were used in combat, but thousands were made for the planned 1919 Spring Offensive.  Almost all were destroyed as surplus after the war.
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German MP-40 Submachine Gun
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World War II Liberator Pistol

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East German Makarov Pistol