Arms of the Dominican Republic

Arms of the Dominican Republic

It's a peaceful tourist destination now, but like a lot of Caribbean countries, it has an often-violent past that includes some interesting and unusual arms. See Paul Scarlata's report on Dominican ammo in the September 1 SGN.


Dominican security forces during the disturbances of 1965 were armed with a motley collection of arms, including a Cristobal M2 carbine, a Lanchester SMG and a couple of Lewis guns.

The Cristobal M2 combined Beretta-style double triggers with the U.S. .30 M1 Carbine cartridge to make a powerful, if somewhat old-fashioned, wood-stocked submachine gun.


Here are a couple guns any Title II collector would love to own; a Cristobal SMG and an AR-10. The Dominican intervention was a sideshow at the start of the Vietnam War.


The Cristobal was not a bad idea, combining features of the Beretta M38 SMG with .30 Carbine ammo. But the wood stock made it look old-fashioned by the 1960s.

Here's a typical Third World combination: surplus German steel helmets and FN FALs. The Dominican Republic was one of the many nations large and small that adopted the FAL.

The coal scuttle helmets look a little more appropriate with the M1953 Mauser and bayonet. These were M1908 Mausers bought from Brazil and reconditioned at San Cristobal.

An M16A1-armed U.S. trooper patrols the streets of Santo Domingo in 1965. U.S. troops were fairly quickly withdrawn, to be replaced by a largely Brazilian peacekeeping force.

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE

From Our Family

Historical Handguns: The Model 1917 Smith & Wesson Sixgun

Garry James - November 09, 2018

Designed as a supplemental sidearm in World War I, this .45 ACP sixgun was made to commercial specs and is still a great shooter.

First Look: Springfield Armory XDM 10MM

G&A Staff - October 10, 2018

Featured in the December issue of Guns & Ammo, Springfield Armory has launched its full-size XD(M) in 10mm. It is being made available with either a 4.5-inch or 5.25-inch barrel.

G&A Celebrates 50 Years of Dan Wesson

Eric R. Poole - November 16, 2018

Dan Wesson commemorates its 50th Anniversary with a limited number of engraved, blued-'steel Model 1911s.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Firearms News stories delivered right to your inbox.