Rifles, Bayonets and Ammunition from the Nations of Western-Europe, made between about 1845 and 1945

Dear visitor

The main purpose of this website is to share the knowledge that is obtained with others. A purpose of this site is also the description of my collection as a reference. The study of the subject is one of the aspects of collecting arms that gives most satisfaction. Things will be forgotten sooner or later, unless documented.


I always try my very best to only publish correct information. If, however, you find any inaccuracies on this website please contact me so I may rectify them. I would also like to invite you to share any interesting related technical and/or historical information, and will always respond to questions about the subject of this website.




Jan van Gelderen

The Netherlands

I am a member of:

Vereniging van Nederlandse Wapenverzamelaars (VNW)

Prins Hendrikstraat 15-D

3071 LG Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Website http://www.vvnw.nl 

Edouard de Beaumont (EdB)

Nederlandse Vereniging ter Bevordering en Instandhouding van Wapenverzamelingen
Staniasingel 29
9062 GL Oentsjerk 
The Netherlands
Website http://www.nvbiw-edouard-de-beaumont.nl 

Nederlandse Vereniging ter Bestudering van Munitie en Ballistiek (NVBMB)

Karolusgulden 24
2353 TA 
The Netherlands
Website http://www.nvbmb.nl 

Koninklijke Nederlandse Schietsport Associatie (KNSA)

Postbus 303
3830 AJ Leusden
The Netherlands
Website http://www.knsa.nl 

About the photos in the banner 

Colorised by Julius Backman Jääskeläinen -  Website https://www.flickr.com/photos/juliusjaa/with/49652330563/


In chrological order:

  • Four German soldiers with gas masks, a flare pistol, and armed with Model 1898 rifles posing for photgraph in the trenches, c.1916.
  • Battle of Albert. British troops armed with  Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) rifles, blinded by gas, assisting each other to the dressing station at Croisilles, France 21 August 1918.
  • Two Dutch army soldiers armed with M.95 Mannlicher rifles, at the trenches during the battle of the Grebbeberg, The Netherlands, May 1940.
  • German Gebirgsjägers armed with Gewehr K98 advancing with tank support of a Panzer I Ausf. B towards Soviet positions, Jelettijärvi, Loukhsky District, Karelia, 15 May 1942.
  • Troops of the Eight-Nation Alliance (except Russia) that fought against the Boxer Rebellion in China, 1900. From the left: Britain, United States, Russia, India, Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Japan. 
  • Swedish soldiers from the Gotland Infantry Regiment (I 27) armed with Gevär m/96 (Model 1896 Rifle) while on guard duty along the coast, Gotland, Sweden c.1915.

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