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World War II Weapons

World War II saw the dawn of several different forms of military technology including rifles, bombs, tanks, planes, and eventually nuclear arms. The infantry soldier in World War II was most commonly armed with a full sized battle rifle and some form of fighting knife. Few soldiers carried handguns. Many World War II weapons are available for civilian sales due to their limited firing capabilities.

The Mosin Nagant, Short Magazine Lee Enfield, the Kar98, and the M1 Garand are the three main rifles of World War II and all are highly collectible. The M1911 pistol, the Russian Nagant revolver, and the Walther P08 are the three main handguns that are associated with the war and are rarer than the rifles. Other items include issued bayonets, fighting knives, and ornamental knives issued and carried by the Germans.


Quick Facts

  • John Moses Browning designed several weapons used in World War II, including the M1911 handgun, the M1897 shotgun, the M2 machine gun, M1918 BAR, and the M1919 Machine gun
  • The Kar98K fired a 7.92mm round, the largest round used by an infantry rifle in World War II
  • The daggers carried by German soldiers were often the most valued trophies for American G.I.s, valued almost as much as a Luger pistol

Recommended Items at Auction

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WWII US V44 survival/ bowie knife, brown leather sheath marked NX33510 WO G.Tinson. Overall 37cm L.
Apr 21, 7:00 PM AEST
WWII US V44 survival/ bowie knife, brown leather sheath marked NX33510 WO G.Tinson. Overall 37cm L.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD38010 Bids
WWII Era Japanese Katana Sword w/ Scabbard
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
WWII Era Japanese Katana Sword w/ Scabbard
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$45010 Bids
WWII K98 MAUSER 1944 MATCHING NUMBERS VERY FINE
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
WWII K98 MAUSER 1944 MATCHING NUMBERS VERY FINE
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$4007 Bids
WWII SPRINGFIELD ARMORY M1 RIFLE 9-43 BARREL
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
WWII SPRINGFIELD ARMORY M1 RIFLE 9-43 BARREL
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$5504 Bids
WWII JAPANESE NAGOYA TYPE 99 ARISAKA RIFLE
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
WWII JAPANESE NAGOYA TYPE 99 ARISAKA RIFLE
by Jackson's International
Est: $25- $50
$1003 Bids
JAPANESE SAMURAI SWORD KATANA W/WWII ERA FITTINGS
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
JAPANESE SAMURAI SWORD KATANA W/WWII ERA FITTINGS
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$153 Bids
DENIX REPLICAS DX1313 M3 GREASE GUN.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
DENIX REPLICAS DX1313 M3 GREASE GUN.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$1003 Bids
WWII US M1 CARBINE .30 CAL Semi Automatic Saginaw S.G 3399624
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
WWII US M1 CARBINE .30 CAL Semi Automatic Saginaw S.G 3399624
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$4002 Bids
WWII Japanese Imperial Parade Saber Dress Sword
Apr 20, 11:00 AM EDT
WWII Japanese Imperial Parade Saber Dress Sword
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $200- $15,000
$2252 Bids
** Russian Captured Mauser S/42-Code K98k Rifle
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
** Russian Captured Mauser S/42-Code K98k Rifle
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5002 Bids
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WWII Japanese NCO Shin-Gunto Sword
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
WWII Japanese NCO Shin-Gunto Sword
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$602 Bids
**U.S. Springfield M1 Garand Rifle Manufactured in 1941
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
**U.S. Springfield M1 Garand Rifle Manufactured in 1941
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5002 Bids
WWII CORRECT 1943 WINCHESTER M1 RIFLE VERY FINE
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
WWII CORRECT 1943 WINCHESTER M1 RIFLE VERY FINE
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$602 Bids
WORLD WAR II M3 CAMILLUS FIGHTING KNIFE
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
WORLD WAR II M3 CAMILLUS FIGHTING KNIFE
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
WORLD WAR II M3 FIGHTING KNIFE
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
WORLD WAR II M3 FIGHTING KNIFE
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $150- $200
$701 Bid
WORLD WAR II M3 FIGHTING KNIFE
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
WORLD WAR II M3 FIGHTING KNIFE
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $150- $200
$701 Bid
** Finnish Capture Marked Izhevsk Made Soviet SVT-40 Rifle
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
** Finnish Capture Marked Izhevsk Made Soviet SVT-40 Rifle
by Hindman
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7501 Bid
BSA Shirley No.4 Mk I (T) Sniper Rifle with Scope and Case
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
BSA Shirley No.4 Mk I (T) Sniper Rifle with Scope and Case
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $5,500- $8,500
$4,7501 Bid
Weapon: 3 American WWII machetes + 1 scabbard
Apr 21, 1:30 PM CEST
Weapon: 3 American WWII machetes + 1 scabbard
by Monsantic.com
Est: €120- €180
€1201 Bid
WWII US ARMY USMC MARINE CORPS MKII HAND GRENADE
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII US ARMY USMC MARINE CORPS MKII HAND GRENADE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
JAPANESE SAMURAI SWORD KATANA W/WWII ERA FITTINGS
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
JAPANESE SAMURAI SWORD KATANA W/WWII ERA FITTINGS
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$51 Bid
WWII US ARMY PRACTICE M38A2 BOMB 100 LB. INERT
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII US ARMY PRACTICE M38A2 BOMB 100 LB. INERT
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
FAIRBAIRN-SYKES COMMANDO KNIFE
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
FAIRBAIRN-SYKES COMMANDO KNIFE
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $400- $500
$2001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell World War II Weapons


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions

Hindman

Hindman