Waffenmuseum Suhl

I been today to the Waffenmuseum Suhl. It´s specialized museum for the history of firearms produced in the City of Suhl in Thuringia. There is a special exhibition about the Wieger 90 system,
that an AK made in late GDR in 5,56x45mm or .223 Remington


How cool/interesting. Do they have a website? It would be interesting to see how many of each type they produced during each year of WWII. Was this one big plant or several small armories in the town? Was it ever bombed? When or what century did they first start making firearms and why? Lot’s of questions come to mind.
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Suhl was in a unique position to make firearms. They had wood for charcoal, iron ore and waterpower. Suhl has a lot of famous companies in gun making. Naming C.G. Haenel, Krieghoff, J.P. Sauer und Sohn and Carl Walther from neighboring Zella-Mehlis. Museum homepage is in German only.

Fascinating- so many interesting pieces on show there- beautifully kept and well presented too.

That´s only the military part. I omitted the hunting and sporting rifles completely.

Nice pictures. Just used the link by magic all in English. :grinning:

I would love to see those as well if you have pics of them!

Hi Karl,
maybe when I am there next time, I will take some pics of the civil guns. For now I only have some images of a special exhubition about the guns from Heckler and Koch.

P.S. If there is interest in guns I have sever doen pics of current Bundeswehr guns on my HD.


Found this photostream
on Flickr that shows some of the a guns in the museum. As you have seen the light in the museum is not good for photographing.

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Wonderful my friend, wonderful! So many interesting HK variants there- really quite seldom seen pieces. The G-11 is one of my absolute favourites though- perhaps just too advanced for the time and now a little bit forgotten but still one of the more interesting fire-arms developments.

I also had a look at the hunting and sporting weapons on the link you provided and they are just beautiful- such fine wood and metal work- pieces of art as well as weaponry. Its just great to see a collection like this that offers such a broad look at the weaponry through the ages and for different uses. I can see the lighting and glass cases don’t make the photography easy but I think both yourself and the person on Flickr did a great job.

Karl, do you ever have seen Forgotten Weapons Youtube channel? This is an excellent series of videos dealing with firearms of all kinds. Here is the episode about the G11.

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