Greetings again from Warsaw! The train ride was comfy, the weather is mild, and Warsaw is beautiful! After a great meeting with MuzHP director Robert Kostro, the rest of the day was spent alongside our colleague and liason Łukasz Kubacki. There’s some exciting things happening at the museum in Warsaw these days: I was able to help the team here coordinate details about an exciting new digital exhibition and educational materials that will come to Orchard Lake later this year, and the entire staff is excited about a very special recently-acquired artifact!
Among the treasury of artifacts in their collections, the newest addition will be among the most rare. Rifle enthusiasts can instantly recognize the iconic M1 Garand rifle, the weapon of choice for United States infantry in WWII and afterward, but few may know about a similar design in Poland. It’s called Karabin Maroszek, or more formally, the Karabin samopowtarzalny wzór 38M. It’s a rare find for the museum since the outbreak of WWII in 1939 halted production of the innovative weapon. Only around 150 were made, and of those this is the only known fully operational surviving example.
Congratulations to MuzHP! Check out more info on the rare rifle