The Model 1871 Ward-Burton was one of the early experimental rifles trialled by the US military in its search for a new breechloading rifle to replace the theoretically-interim Allin conversion that made muzzle-loading rifles into Trapdoor Springfields. Four breechloading cartridge rifles were selected for field trials in the early 1870s: the Sharps, the Trapdoor Springfield [...]
Original caption: Masib, Ahmad, Haji, Abdullah, Kara-khoja outlaws at Panopa shelter huts, Panopa, Xinjiang, China [c1915] MA Stein
Commentary from the photographer:
Full-length portrait of the four men, standing in a line with rifles. ‘While halting for the night I had an interesting opportunity of becoming acquainted with a small party of well-armed outlaws from [...]
At the Rock Island Auction last month, there were several Swiss ZfK-55 sniper rifles up for sale. The rifle is basically a K31 action, with a bunch of modifications to convert it into a very nice marksman’s rifle. The more obvious changes are the muzzle brake (very reminiscent of the second model FG-42, which makes [...]
It’s hard to know which way to face without the sergeant around.
Japanese troops with Murata rifles, 1900.
I was looking at a particularly nice FN Israeli Mauser the other day; one of their rifles converted to 7.62mm NATO:
Israeli FN Mauser in 7.62mm NATO
I was admiring the condition (much better than the one of these I have in my own collection), when the owner suggested that I take a closer [...]
Definitely not observing proper sniping technique hanging out the window like that…
Members of the French resistance in Paris, August 1944. Interesting to see that the shooter has an M-16 Berthier with a 5-round magazines, but the window sill has a pile of three-round clips. Also interesting that the two guys are both left-handed [...]
Are you interested in Japanese weapons and militaria? There is a group you should be aware of – Banzai. Formed in 1982, Banzai has been publishing a newsletter full of Japanese-weaponry-related articles for more than 30 years now, and bringing together like-minded collectors for as long. For decades Japanese military arms like the Arisakas and [...]
When I put together the video and post a couple weeks ago on the Siamese/Thai Mauser, I figured I’d be clever and call it a Type 45/66, since it had been rechambered for the Type 66 cartridge. Well, I got an email from Teri the Nambu Lady politely informing me that I’d totally mangled the [...]
Quick, think of the first thing that comes to mind when I say “riot shotgun”!
Does it have a brass buttplate? A tangent rear sight? Is it a single-shot weapon? Does it use a shotshell smaller than 28ga?
No? Well, I guess you have a different notion of riot gear than the Indian military. Huh.
Continuing yesterday’s post, today I want to take a look at some of the long guns that jumped out at me while I was perusing the catalog for the RIA Premier Auction coming up in two weeks (September 13th-15th).
First up, I noticed a pretty nice selection of early American bolt-action rifles. The [...]