Semiauto RPD Light Machine Gun (Video)

July 13, 2016 Ian McCollum 67

The RPD was the first belt-fed light machine gun (or squad automatic weapon) developed by the Soviet Union. It was designed in 1944 for the then-new M43 cartridge (7.62x39mm), although wartime exigencies followed by post-war […]

Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Liberators

May 14, 2016 Ian McCollum 44

This is a pretty widely-published photo, but it sure is a good one. It also shows very clearly the US’ horrible excuse for a backpack of the time. For the record, the soldier on the […]

Light MGs

XM-248 LMG Manual

December 11, 2015 Ian McCollum 11

Rather than explain the background of the XM-248, I will put you in the very capable hands of, who has posted an excellent 3-part series on the development leading up to the XM-248, entitled […]

Light MGs

White Prototype Open-Bolt LMG at RIA

November 14, 2015 Ian McCollum 27

Along with his two semiauto rifle prototypes, when White went to England for rifle testing he took along a work-in-progress light machine gun. The weapon was trsted by British officials, but found wanting – largely […]