As you may have noticed, Defense Distributed has been in the news quite a bit in the last few days since the State Department decided that their posting of single-shot pistol plans violates ITAR regulations. I love the idea of a 3D-printed functional firearm, but I don’t expect many of the folks reading Forgotten Weapons [...]
I ran across a mention of this book while trying to find some information on this 37mm Hotchkiss machine gun – and this book was the only reference I could find any mention of it in. Robert Mellichamp has taken on a pretty daunting task; documenting the history of the 37mm gun and ammunition from [...]
We have another piece today from our interview with Dolf Goldsmith, this time on the subject of $5 Finnish mortars used for fun and profit. Well, actually just for fun. To clarify one of Dolf’s comments, I believe these mortars were Soviet made, and Finnish captured – the Finns used mortars made by both the [...]
A scene right out of Tolkien’s Mordor…but real
US soldiers of the 23rd Infantry with a 37mm M1916 Infantry Gun in France, circa 1918.
They may not have any stinkin’ badges, but they are definitely Federales.
Published in Osprey’s “The Mexican Revolution 1910-20″ book, this photo postcard shows a very rare Hotchkiss 37mm automatic cannon. It was designed to compete with the Vickers Pom-Pom, and apparently was only bought in small numbers by the Mexican Army and the [...]
For those folks who have been asking about Dolf’s health, we are very happy to report that he is recovering quite well from surgery, and is as active and upbeat as always. While some of his plans have been thrown understandably askew, he is planning to be at the Big Sandy shoot this spring.
Don’t forget, there are still several days to enter our DVD giveaway – we’re giving away two copies of our recent Machine Gun Manuals DVD (worth forty bucks each!) – and you can get one!. To have your chance at winning, just post a mention of the giveaway and a link to the DVD page [...]
His machete is nearly as big as the cannon…
An American crew with a Vickers Sons & Maxim 2.95″ Mountain Gun in the Philippines. These were pressed into service against the Japanese as late as WWII…
A couple piece of cannon news for you today, from fellow bloggers…
Nic at The Rogue Adventurer has an interesting post on a Romanian AA cannon found being used in Libya. While it looks like a typical ZU-23, it’s actually a revolving design that uses three revolving chambers for each barrel. Neat! All sorts [...]
Today we have a copy of an official US testing report on the Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon (a 37mm / 1.5″ model). The testing was carried out between September 1876 and February 1877 at Sandy Hook in New York the several officers of the Ordnance Board.
In total, 1,136 rounds were fired from the gun with [...]