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  Hero's Firearms given to Scottish Museum
« on: May 14, 2010, 09:58:37 AM » by PHOENIX
We refer to the report carried in your paper on Wednesday May 12 titled "Hero's Firearms given to Scottish Museum" (page 22) accompanied by a photograph of the six historical firearms in question.
 
We are providing a concise description of these firearms for your readers' benefit (top to bottom, left to right):

US M1 semi-auto carbine, .30 calibre with sling and twin-magazine pouch (WWII issue)

US Colt model 1903 pocket hammerless semi-auto pistol, .380 ACP calibre (WWII issue) - could also be an earlier version in .32 ACP

German MP40 sub-machine gun, 9mm Parabellum calibre (WWII issue) shown with shoulder stock in the open position and bolt pulled back

German Navy Luger Model 1904 (or 1906) semi-auto pistol, 9mm Parabellum calibre (pre-WWI & WWI issue) shown with toggle pulled back.

British Enfield No.2 Mk.I revolver, .38 calibre (pre-WWII & WWII issue) shown open

US Model 1911A1 semi-auto pistol, .45 ACP calibre (WWII & post WWII issue)

The variety of sources and manufacturing dates of these firearms tends to suggest that Geoffrey McLeod Hallowes picked these up throughout the war years and even afterwards as a collector.
 
All these firearm types shall be featured in our 25th Anniversary Exhibition "Fortress Malta" that shall be open to the public on Saturday 22 May (10:00 to 20:00 hrs) and Sunday 23 May (09:00 to 18:00 hrs) during "Military Mtarfa 2010". The exhibition shall be held in the splendid ex-Officers Mess located in the Victorian-period building that is now the Godwin Ganado primary school. The event is being hosted by the Mtarfa Local Council.
 
 
Stephen A. Petroni
President
Association of Maltese Arms Collectors & Shooters (AMACS)
e-mail: info@amacs-malta.org
http: www.info@amavs-malta.org

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100512/world-news/heros-firearms-given-to-scottish-museum
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