Guns The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons  

Mike Rothschild
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List Rules Vote up the best and most important infantry weapons of World War 2.

Infantry weapons of World War 2 began mostly as the standard issue weapons that had been used in World War 1, but by the end of the war, numerous modern assault rifles, automatic pistols, and machine guns were being made. These weapons were made in the millions, and some were the standard issue in front line forces around the world well into the 1970s.

Rifles like the M1 Garand, Lee-Enfield, and German Karabiner 98, along with the famous Tommy Gun, Sten Gun and MP44 are familiar from countless war movies and documentaries. These weapons changed the nature of combat, allowing soldiers to lay down constant fire, and produced in gigantic quantities. Indeed, many irregular forces in conflict-ridden hot spots still use weapons made in the 40s, bought from one of the superpowers on surplus or captured through other means.

These are the most iconic weapons of World War 2. Vote up the ones with the most power and iconic status!
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M1 Garand Rifle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M1 Garand Rifle Standard rifle of the US armed forces for two decades. Called "the greatest battle implement ever devised" by General George S. Patton.

2
1,945 347
MG42 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
MG42 Super raid-fire German machine gun that outclassed all others.

3
1,633 278
MP40 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
MP40 Iconic German submachine gun, seen in countless war movies.

4
1,705 317
Thompson Submachine Gun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Thompson Submachine Gun Iconic "Tommy Gun" that was used by Allied forces around the world.

5
1,667 312
Colt M1911 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Colt M1911 Pistol Standard US sidearm from 1911 until 1985.

6
1,665 312
StG44 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
StG44 German fully-automatic assault rifle - the first of its kind.

7
1,578 290
Browning Automatic Rifle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Browning Automatic Rifle Main light machine gun used by US infantry.

8
1,527 297
M2 Browning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M2 Browning 50 caliber machine gun used by US forces from 1933 until now.

9
1,137 303
Luger P08 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Luger P08 Iconic German officer's pistol that was prized by Allied troops as a war trophy.

10
757 173
Mk 2 Pineapple Grenade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Mk 2 Pineapple Grenade Iconic American grenade. 

11
987 287
Bazooka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Bazooka US antitank rocket launcher that became a pop culture icon.

12
749 194
Panzerschreck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Panzerschreck German Anti-Tank weapon based off of the American made Bazooka

13
979 294
Karabiner 98k is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Karabiner 98k Standard rifle of the German Army in World War 2. Nearly 15 million were made.

14
770 216
Panzerfaust is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Panzerfaust

15
1,073 349
M1 Carbine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M1 Carbine Short-range rifle used by US troops with specialized training.

16
917 289
M1919 Browning Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M1919 Browning Machine Gun Mainstay light machine gun of US infantry, and also used on aircraft and tanks.

17
571 147
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M2 Flamethrower Flamethrower used by the US military for clearing out bunkers and trenches.

18
887 296
PPSh-41 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
PPSh-41 Standard close-range submachine gun of the Soviet Army. Cheap, easy to make, and deadly.

19
915 312
Lee-Enfield Rifle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Lee-Enfield Rifle Standard British, Canadian, and Australian infantry rifle.

20
533 149
Springfield M1903a4 sniper rif... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Springfield M1903a4 sniper rifle Very accurate.

21
809 287
Walther P38 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Walther P38 Standard German army service pistol of World War 2.

22
649 217
Mg34 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Mg34

23
652 236
Model 24 Stielhandgranate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Model 24 Stielhandgranate Iconic "potato masher" hand grenade used by Germany.

24
761 306
Sten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Sten Cheap and easily produced British submachine gun.

25
545 198
Gewehr 43 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Gewehr 43

26
431 147
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Gewehr 43 Sniper Rifle

27
534 204
FG42 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added FG42

28
725 311
Mosin–Nagant 91/30 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Mosin–Nagant 91/30 Though a 50 year old design, millions of Soviet troops carried them.

29
638 277
Bren Gun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Bren Gun British Commonwealth man-portable light machinegun.

30
414 175
Molotov Cocktail is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Molotov Cocktail First used by Finland. Later adopted by many combatants on both sides. Easy to make.

31
422 192
Ka-bar Knife is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Ka-bar Knife

32
562 283
M1917 Browning Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M1917 Browning Machine Gun Used extensively in the Pacific Theater, and later in Korea.

33
370 171
Walther PPK is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Walther PPK

34
333 152
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Springfield M1903 Rifle Very accurate. Used by US early in the war.

35
363 174
Mauser C96 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Mauser C96 Pistol Sidearm of the Chinese military. Also used by the Waffen SS. Unmistakeable profile.

36
526 303
M3 Submachine Gun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M3 Submachine Gun Also called the "grease gun." Used by infantry and paratroopers for short range combat.

37
318 162
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Mosin-nagant 91/30 Plu Sniper Rifle Used to harass the Germans and kill valuable officers

38
543 333
Browning Hi-Power is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Browning Hi-Power Automatic pistol widely used by both Allied and Axis forces, particularly by commandos.

39
267 158
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Flammenwerfer 35 German flamethrower

40
251 149
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Suomi k/p-31 Submachine Gun Finnish submachine gun. One of the best of the war. 71 rd magazine. 900 rpm. Accurate. 

41
252 161
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Winchester 1897 and 1912 Shotguns Used by the Marines for close-range combat and for guarding aircraft.

42
222 156
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Beretta M1934 Standard Italian sidearm. Captured examples liked by Allies for their compactness.

43
240 177
Vickers Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Vickers Machine Gun

44
200 157
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M18/28 Submachine Gun Used by Waffen SS and the Chinese. 

45
182 165
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Tokarev SVT-40 Rifle Soviet semi-automatic rifle. Captured examples highly-prized by Germans and Finns.

46
148 154
Brandt Mle 27/31 81mm mortar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Brandt Mle 27/31 81mm mortar Simple and effective design that was adopted and copied by many nations.

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64 55
stielhandgranate is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
nathansg1129 added stielhandgranate

48
199 216
Webley Mk Vi Revolver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Webley Mk Vi Revolver

49
165 183
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Maxim M1910 Machine Gun

50
265 307
DShK is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
DShK Mass-produced Soviet heavy machine gun. Used by insurgents against US troops in Iraq.