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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1
2,077 366
MG42 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
MG42 Super raid-fire German machine gun that outclassed all others.

2
2,282 415
M1 Garand Rifle is listed (or ranked) 2 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.

3
1,745 297
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
1,823 332
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
1,784 329
StG44 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
StG44 German fully-automatic assault rifle - the first of its kind.

6
1,763 326
Colt M1911 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Colt M1911 Pistol Standard US sidearm from 1911 until 1985.

7
1,672 311
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
1,625 307
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
1,217 317
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
830 189
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
1,070 302
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
821 211
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
1,053 303
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
825 236
Panzerfaust is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Panzerfaust

15
979 302
M1919 Browning Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 15 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.

16
1,137 367
M1 Carbine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M1 Carbine Short-range rifle used by US troops with specialized training.

17
625 161
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M2 Flamethrower Flamethrower used by the US military for clearing out bunkers and trenches.

18
954 307
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
975 325
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
590 160
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
700 225
Mg34 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Mg34

22
858 300
Walther P38 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Walther P38 Standard German army service pistol of World War 2.

23
706 243
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
813 317
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
590 213
Gewehr 43 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Gewehr 43

26
467 157
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Gewehr 43 Sniper Rifle

27
779 322
Mosin–Nagant 91/30 is listed (or ranked) 27 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.

28
575 216
FG42 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added FG42

29
675 291
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
447 190
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
601 293
M1917 Browning Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M1917 Browning Machine Gun Used extensively in the Pacific Theater, and later in Korea.

32
461 207
Ka-bar Knife is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Ka-bar Knife

33
365 163
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Springfield M1903 Rifle Very accurate. Used by US early in the war.

34
400 186
Walther PPK is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Walther PPK

35
396 188
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
568 314
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
348 172
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Mosin-nagant 91/30 Plu Sniper Rifle Used to harass the Germans and kill valuable officers

38
573 343
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
291 167
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Flammenwerfer 35 German flamethrower

40
276 158
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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
278 172
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Winchester 1897 and 1912 Shotguns Used by the Marines for close-range combat and for guarding aircraft.

42
241 167
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Beretta M1934 Standard Italian sidearm. Captured examples liked by Allies for their compactness.

43
262 187
Vickers Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Vickers Machine Gun

44
222 164
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M18/28 Submachine Gun Used by Waffen SS and the Chinese. 

45
201 174
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Tokarev SVT-40 Rifle Soviet semi-automatic rifle. Captured examples highly-prized by Germans and Finns.

46
76 63
stielhandgranate is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
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47
163 164
Brandt Mle 27/31 81mm mortar is listed (or ranked) 47 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.

48
214 229
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
179 196
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Maxim M1910 Machine Gun

50
202 224
Shin-gunto Sword is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Shin-gunto Sword Katana style sword issued to Japanese officers