Gunsmithing

Ralf Dieckmann Interview

March 14, 2017 Ian McCollum 45

Ralf Dieckmann is a German-born firearms designer who grew up as a small child in Berlin during World War II. His interest in firearms developed in the post-war years with war detritus literally lying about […]

Schwarzlose machine gun in the Schutz & Larsen factory, 1941
Gunsmithing

Vintage Saturday: Machine Tools

January 14, 2017 Ian McCollum 15

Schwarzlose machine gun in the Danish Schutz & Larsen factory, 1941. Known for sporting rifles, S&L also subcontracted for Bergmann making submachine gun and light machine gun parts. This photo suggests that they repaired other […]

Bolt Action Rifles

Turner Semiauto SMLE Conversion (Video)

November 12, 2016 Ian McCollum 32

Russell Turner was a Pennsylvania gunsmith and inventor who developed this semiautomatic conversion of an SMLE bolt action rifle circa 1940. It was intended for trial and potential sale to the Canadian military, as it […]