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Why We Don’t Use Turkish 8mm Surplus

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There is a lot of Turkish surplus 8mm Mauser ammunition on the market here in the US. It used to be super cheap (under 5c/round), but in the last few years I have seen it selling for more like 30c/round. It’s usually the least expensive option for 8mm ammo, and it can be identified by […]

Trench Warfare Notes, 1915

Trench Warfare Notes (English, 1915)

I have a really neat document to share today, generously sent to me by a reader named Chris in the United Kingdom. These are the notes from a 1915 course on trench warfare as recorded by his grandfather, one Harold Rayner. Harold was born in 1885 in Surrey, and survived the war to live until […]

Flamethrower Q&A with Charlie Hobson

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Today’s questions by timestamp are:

0:40 – After international conventions banned most flamethrower use, where and when have they still been used and why?

1:15 – What Hollywood examples are particularly realistic and which ones were the most fanciful (i.e. Aliens)?

3:02 – What was the most effective use in their history in […]

2-Gun Action Challenge Match: US WWI Infantry (M1917 & M1911)

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In this month’s 2-Gun match, I am competing as a WWI US infantryman, with an M1917 Eddystone rifle and an M1911 pistol (both are genuine WWI-era originals). I am also using a reproduction US 1917 uniform from Mike’s Militaria. It’s a fantastic quality reproduction, made from the same patterns and materials as the originals, and […]

Publishing and Book Scarcity

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In this world of on-demand printing and e-books, one might hope that we would no longer have to deal with issues of scarcity with published books – alas this is not the case. I was just corresponding with an author today who wrote a high-quality book on a very niche subject (I don’t want to […]

Video Q&A #3: What-Ifs and How-Comes

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I initially figured these Q&A video would be a fun little side note, and I have been a bit taken aback by how popular they became…and so they keep getting longer. This one clocks in at nearly 50 minutes, and I think I got some particularly good questions. Let me know what you think!

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Perspectives on French Rifle Sight Design

French Berthier sights

Holy moley, is that the most dense and snooty post title ever? I think it might be. However, I think it’s a much more interesting subject than most folks might anticipate, and it’s something that came to my attention largely as a result of shooting 2-gun matches with a couple different French rifles. So, bear […]

Should Guns be in Museums or Private Collections? (Video)

Guns in museums get condemned to a purgatory behind glass. Guns in private collections get shot and broken. What are we to do?

As it happens, I have spent the last two days in museum gun collections. Monday in the Smithsonian Institution’s gun room and yesterday at the NRA’s National Firearms Museum. As a […]

ARES Research Note: Durability of Self-Loading Rifles

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I occasionally do work for Armament Research Service, and they recently published one of my pieces as Research Note #8, on the subject of self-loading rifle durability. Rifles, in general, are pretty durable items, with only a few elements subject to potentially incapacitating damage when in normal use. You can see my complete article on […]

Format and Feedback

Shooting a G41(W) with ZF-41 scope

Well, today is the first day of RIA’s April Premiere auction – if you are bidding on anything, good luck! Of course, this also means we are finished with the current series of videos and I would be interested in hearing feedback from you folks. My audience has expanded into areas like Reddit and YouTube […]