Gunpowder Guns {Details_part IV}

“Swedish Knorr-Bremse” gunpowder, graphite on paper, 30″x 22″

I found this interesting… This gas-operated light machine gun was commissioned by the Swedish, a country notoriously unallied and known for precision mechanics.  The gun was developed in the Knorr-Bremse brake manufacturing plant. The gun was notorious for it’s poor reliablity, or it’s tendency to break.

“MG 42 (a.k.a. Hitler’s Zipper)” gunpowder, graphite on paper, 30″x 22″

Here is what I find interesting about this weapon… It was developed in response to a contest. The winner (Metall und Lackierwarenfabrik Johannes Großfuß AG of Döbeln) had a factory that usually made lanterns. The gun fired such a high rate of rounds per minute it developed the nickname “Hitler’s Zipper.”
It was also called ‘Spandua’ by British troops, which is the same German plant that produced an earlier gun I drew (see thumbnail to the left).

video of the Swedish Knorr-Bremse burn:

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