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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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Two US WWII M3 Fighting Knives with M8 Scabbards
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Two US WWII M3 Fighting Knives with M8 Scabbards
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2257 Bids
US WWII Imperial M4 Bayonet and M8 Scabbard
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
US WWII Imperial M4 Bayonet and M8 Scabbard
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1256 Bids
(X) Italian R.E. Terni Mannlicher Carcano Model 38 Rifle
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
(X) Italian R.E. Terni Mannlicher Carcano Model 38 Rifle
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1506 Bids
Case XX WWII Piolets Bail Out Survial Machete Knife
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Case XX WWII Piolets Bail Out Survial Machete Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$604 Bids
Calcutta India June 16th 1945 WWII Knife
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Calcutta India June 16th 1945 WWII Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$304 Bids
WWII RUSSIAN PPSH-41 SUB MACHINE GUN W DRUM WW2
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII RUSSIAN PPSH-41 SUB MACHINE GUN W DRUM WW2
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2803 Bids
Japanese Late WWII Ariska Type 30 Last Ditch Bayonet
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Japanese Late WWII Ariska Type 30 Last Ditch Bayonet
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$803 Bids
WWII BRITISH STEN MK V DISPLAY SUBMACHINE GUN
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII BRITISH STEN MK V DISPLAY SUBMACHINE GUN
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2203 Bids
US WWII Camillus M4 Bayonet and M8 Scabbard
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
US WWII Camillus M4 Bayonet and M8 Scabbard
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$402 Bids
Japanese WWII Dagger
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Japanese WWII Dagger
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
Rare Japanese WW2 Arisaka Type 02/45 Rifle
Jun 16, 9:00 AM MST
Rare Japanese WW2 Arisaka Type 02/45 Rifle
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$1002 Bids
WWII US M3 FIGHTING KNIFE M6 SCABBARD BY IMPERIAL
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII US M3 FIGHTING KNIFE M6 SCABBARD BY IMPERIAL
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $600- $1,000
$4252 Bids
WWII THEATER MADE KNUCKLE KNIFE MADE FROM BRITISH
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII THEATER MADE KNUCKLE KNIFE MADE FROM BRITISH
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $600- $1,000
$3002 Bids
WWII JAPANESE INERT TYPE 99 HAND GRENADE COMPLETE
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII JAPANESE INERT TYPE 99 HAND GRENADE COMPLETE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$2202 Bids
WWII JAPANESE ORDNANCE LOT MORTAR 30MM ROUND WW2
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII JAPANESE ORDNANCE LOT MORTAR 30MM ROUND WW2
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $400- $500
$2001 Bid
WWII JAPANESE TYPE 100 81MM MORTAR PROJECTILE WW2
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII JAPANESE TYPE 100 81MM MORTAR PROJECTILE WW2
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $400- $500
$2001 Bid
WWII OSS SLEEVE DAGGER H. G. LONG W SCABBARD WW2
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII OSS SLEEVE DAGGER H. G. LONG W SCABBARD WW2
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2501 Bid
WWII US M3 FIGHTING KNIFE PAL 1943 M6 SCABBARD WW2
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII US M3 FIGHTING KNIFE PAL 1943 M6 SCABBARD WW2
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,600
$6001 Bid
LARGE LOT LOOSE WWII & POST WAR RIFLE AMMUNITION
Jun 25, 9:00 AM EDT
LARGE LOT LOOSE WWII & POST WAR RIFLE AMMUNITION
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid
WWII JAPANESE TYPE 90 FLARE GUN WITH HOLSTER WW2
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII JAPANESE TYPE 90 FLARE GUN WITH HOLSTER WW2
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
Lot of Two WWII Trench Knives
Jun 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot of Two WWII Trench Knives
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
WWII OSS COMBAT STILETTO & PANCAKE FLIPPER SHEATH
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII OSS COMBAT STILETTO & PANCAKE FLIPPER SHEATH
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $1,400- $1,700
$7001 Bid
Colt 1911 WWII Leather Holster
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Colt 1911 WWII Leather Holster
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
WWII NAVAL LANDING FORCE TYPE 44 SAMURAI SWORD
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII NAVAL LANDING FORCE TYPE 44 SAMURAI SWORD
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $900- $1,200
$4501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell World War II Weapons


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers