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Book review

Book Review: The Dutch Mannlicher M.95

May 31, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

In the 1880s, the Dutch decided that their single-shot Beaumont rifles were obsolete and needed replacement. They started a program to modify them with 4-round magazines, and simultaneously set about finding a more modern rifle […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Sjogren Shotgun Photos

May 30, 2012 Ian McCollum 17

Thanks to reader David, we have several photos of a Sjogren 12ga shotgun. The Sjogren was a very early Swedish semiauto design using a recoil action with a fixed barrel. Most recoil orated firearms function […]

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Cutaway Oerlikon Cannon

May 29, 2012 Ian McCollum 7

So a funny thing happened on the way back from the Naval training faciliity… We were at a museum in Europe looking around with a guide, and noticed a nice Oerlikon cannon on a naval […]

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Treeby “Chain Gun”

May 28, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

We’re going to jump back a hundred years, and take a look at a design from 1854 today – although it was a design well ahead of its time. The Treeby chain gun was a […]

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Select-fire Rifles

EM1 Photos and Manual

May 25, 2012 Ian McCollum 12

The EM1 was an experimental British rifle developed in the late 1940s, and was definitely the high-tech wonder rifle of its day. It was a bullpup-style design before that was a trend, and used a […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Pelo Rifle

May 23, 2012 Ian McCollum 0

Captain Carl Pelo (retired) of the Finnish Army was involved in arms design for twenty or thirty years (including a stint as technical manager of the Sako factory in the 1930s), and produced several prototype […]

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What Are Museums For?

May 22, 2012 Ian McCollum 10

We visited a number of major museums while we were in Europe – the Paris Musee de Armee, the Belgian War Museum, and the London Imperial War Museum in particular. Maybe I’m spoiled, but I […]