Prototype

RIA: Japanese Type 4 Garand Copy

March 30, 2016 Ian McCollum 40

Partway through 1944, the Japanese Imperial Navy began a program to provide their infantry units with better firepower than was afforded by the bolt action Arisaka rifles. The initial experimentation was based on rechambering captured […]

Finnish red guard militia members posing for the camera some time during the civil war.
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Finnish Militia

March 26, 2016 Ian McCollum 47

The woman at the front right has a Winchester 1895, almost certainly of Russian contract origin in 7.62x54R. The others appear to have Type 30 Arisaka rifles, which would have been sold to Russia by […]

Gunsmithing

Ross Model A-2 Pistol Photos

March 23, 2016 Ian McCollum 26

A reader named Paul sent me these photos of a very odd pistol that was allegedly found in Germany during WWII. In fact, this is a very rare Ross automatic pistol, patented in 1903 by Charles […]

Bolt Action Rifles

A Few Historical Weapons in Libya

March 22, 2016 Ian McCollum 40

Armament Research Services (ARES) has a database of Conflict Material (CONMAT), logging arms and munitions documented within the illicit sphere in conflict and post-conflict zones. I have been working on co-athoring a report with N.R. Jenzen-Jones covering Libyan […]

Semiauto pistol

Savage .25ACP Automatic Pistol

March 21, 2016 Ian McCollum 31

Savage made more than a quarter-million pocket pistols in .32 and .380 caliber, but never commercially marketed a .25ACP design. They did design such a “baby” pistol, though, beginning in about 1912. Despite a significant […]