The "Weapons" collection of the National Historical Museum includes more than 2000 pieces of Balkan, Eastern, European and American firearms and melee weapons from the XNUMXth, XNUMXth and first half of the XNUMXth centuries, as well as defused ammunition.

The exhibits allow tracing the main stages in the evolution of firearms - flintlock rifles and pistols, front-loading capsule weapons, early examples of breech-loading rifles, different types of revolvers, automatic pistols, magazine rifles and carbines, light and heavy machine guns, machine guns pistols, military and civilian weapons. The most common types of melee weapons in our lands are presented - Ottoman scimitars, Caucasian daggers and checkers, karakulak type knives, Ottoman, Russian and Western European sabers. A large amount of Turkish, Serbian, Greek, English, French, Italian, German, etc. trophies are also available. weapon - testimony to the stormy events that Bulgaria went through in the last century. 

The main guiding line in the formation of the collection is the collection, preservation and display of the types of weapons with which the Bulgarian revolutionaries, soldiers and officers fought for the freedom of the fatherland and defended the national interests of Bulgaria in the Serbo-Bulgarian, the two Balkan, the First and the Second World Wars. The highlights are the various modifications of the Krnka, Berdana, Mannlicher and Mauser rifles and carbines, the Smith and Wesson revolvers, the Luger, Staer, Browning, Beretta, and Zbroiovka pistols. ", "Mauser", "Walter", machine guns "Maxim-Spandau", "Schwarzlose", "Bren", "MG-34", "Dektarev", submachine guns "MP-41" and "Shpagin", located on armament in the Bulgarian army and contributed to the battle glory of the Bulgarian warrior. The collection also houses sabers, scabbards, knives, some of which belonged to prominent figures from the Renaissance and our recent history, such as the dagger of Vasil Levski, the parade saber of Mihail Takev and the officer's knife of Gen. Ivan Lukov, displayed in the museum's permanent exhibition.  

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