Come with us down the curved-barrel rabbit hole!


I came across this photo. It’s a British STEN gun, the workhorse submachine gun of the second world war. This one has been modified to fire around a corner. Naturally, we went looking for more. And found the video below. Which is bonkers.

Today’s item is a very cool piece – a German Sturmgewehr with a “krummlauf”, or curved barrel attachment. This is the 30 degree type, intended (as goofy as this sounds) for firing around corners and over barricades in urban combat. A 90-degree version was also made for use in armored vehicles.

A U.S. Ordnance officer testing a Krummlauf with grenade launcher attachment