Oftentimes, hobbyists encounter different artifacts when metal detecting. One of the most common finds are guns, which metal detector enthusiasts often find. Here are some stories of different guns found using these high end metal detectors.
World War II Guns
In areas affected by World War II, it is not uncommon to find different kinds of guns. Places like Germany, France and even the United States yield some of the most interesting guns which were discoveries by metal detector enthusiasts. Here are some of the guns found by these enthusiasts.
- Italian Mannlicher-Carcano
Designed in the late 1880s, the Carcano was used in Italy, Finland and during Nazi Germany. This gun still remains in production today and was used as the standard infantry rifles for a number of wars including World War I, Spanish Civil War and World War II.
The Mosin-Nagant is a series of Soviet Russia-produced rifles used in service from 1891 up to the present. It has been used extensively in wars even up to the current Syrian civil War. Because of this, it is one of the most commonly detected guns.
Found mostly in Germany, the Gewehr 98 is the standard German service rifle from 1898 to 1935. This gun has also been seen detected in Spain. Found all throughout Europe as well, the Gewehr 98 is the main German infantry rifle throughout World War I and just before World War II.
- Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina 41
This Soviet submachine gun has been in service since 1941. Since its creation, it has seen multiple wars and is thus one of the most commonly found guns by metal detectors. These guns were used extensively during World War II and have been used as well in proceeding wars up to the most recent Iraq War.
While most metal detector enthusiasts find guns, there are some cases when an aircraft cannon is found. Being prolific in Nazi Germany World War II, the MG 151 cannon is often found buried by hobbyists.
- German Maschinenpistole 40
The German MP40 was designed in 1938 and was used extensively during Nazi rule over Germany. It was used extensively during World War II and limitedly during the Cold War. Having been produced solely in the 40s, this is a unique find among metal detector enthusiasts.
Used by Nazi Germans and it was in service from 1935-1945. These rifles have been used in most wars that involve countries supported by post-World War II Soviet Union.
This is one of the most commonly found semi-automatic pistol guns made in Germany. However this is one of the rarer guns as only 330,000 pieces of this gun have been built.
Some metal detector enthusiasts have found newer and more recent finds of guns and other artillery.
In 2013, a metal detecting enthusiast found what is thought to be the largest find of guns cache in Northern Ireland. Buried in Lisnabreeny Walk were 16 semi-automatic handguns and 800 rounds of ammunition.
In 2013, a concerted effort of a community in Alabama has resulted in the finding of a 13-inch Sea Coast Mortar used in the Civil War.
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