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Commentary

My New (Old) Carry Pistol

December 11, 2012 Ian McCollum 36

I recently picked up a new carry pistol…it’s about 65 years old, rattles a bit when you shake it, has a bit of pitting on the slide, and the finish is worn off all the […]

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Book review

Book Review: The Parabellum is Back!

November 29, 2012 Ian McCollum 0

The final chapter in our continuing Luger series is today’s book, The Parabellum is Back! While Sturgess’ three-volume encyclopedia covers the pistol through 1918 and Simson Lugers takes us through Weimar, that leaves a lot […]

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Book review

Book Review: Simson Lugers

November 22, 2012 Ian McCollum 0

We’ve been on a bit of a Luger kick recently, and it continues today. A few weeks ago we looked at Geoffrey Sturgess’ three-volume tome on Luger and Borchardt development, which takes the story of […]

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Handgun

Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver

November 12, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

The Webley-Fosbery was an early automatic handgun based on a revolver design. The top half of the frame was able to slide back under recoil, recocking the hammer and indexing the next round in the […]

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Machine pistol

Lercker machine pistol

November 9, 2012 Ian McCollum 28

We don’t have very much information on today’s forgotten weapon, which is an Italian machine pistol designed by a gunsmith named Lercker. He worked for Beretta, but also had his own shop, where he designed […]

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Gunsmithing

Cool Extras

November 8, 2012 Ian McCollum 23

I have some extra neat stuff this week, so I figured I’d combine a couple things in another post this morning. First up is the first really cool Tumblr page I’ve run across: Rare Antique […]

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Book review

Book Review: Pistols of World War I

November 8, 2012 Ian McCollum 0

Today’s book is Pistols of World War I, by Robert J. Adamek. It’s a good overview of all the significant handguns used by combatants on both sides of the war (90 pistols among 16 countries). […]

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Handgun

Viet Cong 1911 Copy

October 31, 2012 Ian McCollum 23

In recognition of Halloween, we have a pistol that would be genuinely frightening to shoot, straight from the jungle shops of the Vietnam War. Made out of desperation and a lack of factory-produced arms, a […]

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Handgun

Spanish Eibar/Ruby Pistols

October 19, 2012 Ian McCollum 10

Back at the beginning of the 20th century, Spain had a significant number of relatively small gunmaking shops throughout its northern Basque area. The area has been known for its metalworking resources and prowess for […]