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

Vintage Saturday: Machine Tools

January 14, 2017 Ian McCollum 14

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 […]

Manual machine guns

Puckle Gun (Video)

December 25, 2016 Ian McCollum 32

The Puckle Gun is probably best known as that thing that had round bullets for Christians and square bullets for Turks, but there is much more to it than just that (and in addition, the […]

Aircraft MGs

Slow Motion: M134 Minigun (Video)

December 23, 2016 Ian McCollum 9

Following up to yesterday’s look at the history and (partial) disassembly of a GE M134 Minigun, today we will check it out in slow motion. I filmed these high-speed shots, but there was so much […]

Aircraft MGs

M134 Minigun: The Modern Gatling Gun (Video)

December 22, 2016 Ian McCollum 33

The General Electric M134 “Minigun” is essentially an electrically-powered Gatling gun – the conceptual operation of the gun is identical to Dr. Gatling’s original creation. What has changed, however, is the chambering (it’s in 7.62 […]

German soldiers with captured American arms
Semiauto Rifles

Vintage Saturday: More Spoils

December 10, 2016 Ian McCollum 60

German soldiers with captured American small arms, circa 1944. The other guy’s stuff is always better than yours, right? Well, I would rather have an M1 than a K98k, but the Thompsons? No thanks. Interesting […]