We’re still working on an extended write-up on the DShK heavy machine gun, but thanks to our friend Leszek in Poland, we have some nice HD video of one firing:
The Russian counterpart to to Briwning M2, the DShK uses the same flapper-locking system as the DP and RPD machine guns, and is chambered [...]
I bet a lot of modern day ship captains wouldn’t mind bolting a few of these to their decks before embarking into today’s pirate-rich shipping lanes… (photo courtesy Beryl Barnett)
MG-08 Maxim in German naval service, complete with shoulder stock, AA sights, ammo can, and brass-catching bag.
The Magnificent Vickers Gun (American 1915 model)
I may be a bit biased here by my ownership of one, but I believe that the Vickers gun is one of the best all-around firearms ever made. It was designed during an era of experimentation and craftsmanship, with a quality and care that would make it [...]
Is this too much to wish for? Santa Claus is real, right?
What is it with eastern Europeans and standard-issue mustaches?
He looks like he’s out of his depth and terrified, while she looks downright mean. (photo courtesy of Max Popenker)
When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man, He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can. But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the [...]
Drinking from a Maxim water jacket
Tomorrow is Armistice Day, and we should all take a few quiet moments to reflect on the nature of war. For all its glamorization, war is the tragic and cruel destruction of life and we should make damn sure it is only undertaken when the alternatives are even [...]
It’s hard to argue with the Russian philosophy of, “When in doubt, add more machine guns”
An AA quad Maxim emplacement in Moscow, circa 1942.
The Swedish military started using the Browning machine gun design shortly after World War I, and chose it initially because its closed-bolt design made it simple to synchronize with an aircraft propeller. About 170 commercial 1919 models were purchased from Colt for aerial use. They were effective and well-liked guns, and by 1929 the Swedish [...]
Here’s another neat manual – A.B.C du Mitrailleu – the ABCs of Machine Guns. This was published in 1917 (the fifth edition, anyway) in French, and does a nice job showing all the most useful information on each of the major mounted machine guns being used at the time. It includes the MG08 Maxim, 1909 [...]