OK, here’s something that’s on display in the Special Forces Branch Museum on Ft. Bragg. It is little visited by the public (and it is currently scheduled to be torn down and reconstructed elsewhere on post as the SF, Civil Affairs/Military Government, and Psyops/Military Information Support tri-regimental museum). But for the time being it is an entertaining look at the history of US special operations, as characterized by Special Forces, from SF predecessor organizations to today.
And this gun is featured there, in a display on the OSS Detachment 101 war in Burma against the Japanese.
Best guess is some kind of homemade, jungle workshop weapon. (Ian at Forgotten Weapons made a similar guess, but an exact ID on this piece eludes him, too. If a gun beats us and Ian, then it’s something seriously weird).
The gun has extensive tool marks and appears to have been made by hand out of steel. The second picture shows the display the gun is in. The display is innocent, at least this week, of any explanation of what the gun is and who the hard-looking dude in the b&w photo in the background is.
As always, you can click to embiggen. The right-hand picture is really huge at full expansion.But it still doesn’t tell us what this pistol is.
So… beats us, beats Ian, but we’re guessing it won’t beat you guys. What is it?
Kevin was a former Special Forces weapons man (MOS 18B, before the 18 series, 11B with Skill Qualification Indicator of S). His focus was on weapons: their history, effects and employment. He started WeaponsMan.com in 2011 and operated it until he passed away in 2017. His work is being preserved here at the request of his family.