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Eriksen Machine Gun

March 16, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

Sometimes, there is just no good reason to build a gun design, and the Eriksen machine gun is a good example. A sample of the Eriksen machine gun was sent to the CISA (Chief Inspector […]

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T52E3 – An M60 Prototype

March 14, 2012 Ian McCollum 1

There is no doubt that German machine guns of World War II were superior to American machine guns of the period. The BAR, with its 20-round magazine and fixed barrel was much under-equipped for use […]

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Tonight on Top Shot: the BAR

February 21, 2012 Ian McCollum 2

I really enjoy watching Top Shot, and the BAR will be great fun to see tonight on the show. Yes, it’s a reality TV show, and yes, I would fast forward through the drama given […]

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Aircraft MGs

Assessment of the Schwarzlose M1907

February 14, 2012 Ian McCollum 11

A pointed account of the Schwarzlose M1907 aircraft machine gun, from John Biggins’ hilarious description of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in WWI, The Two-Headed Eagle (The Otto Prohaska Novels): The 8mm Schwarzlose had been the Austro-Hungarian […]

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Submachine Guns

SIG MP46/MP48/MP310

February 13, 2012 Ian McCollum 2

Starting in the 1920s, SIG Neuhausen tried to develop a popular submachine gun, with little success. To a significant extent, I think the Swiss manufacturing philosophy was just not well adapted to the world standard […]

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Submachine Guns

Bergmann MP32

February 3, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

The MP32 (also known as the Bergmann Machine Pistol 32 or BMP32) was designed by Emil Bergmann, son of noted German designer Theodore Bergmann. The first batch of guns were made by the Danish firm […]

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Dror Anecdote – and Upcoming Events

January 31, 2012 Ian McCollum 1

The Forgotten Weapons reference library has a lot of books in it, on a variety of topics. We have machine gun books, muzzleloader books, gunsmithing books, bayonet books, machining books, and more. But I think […]

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Israeli Dror LMG

January 27, 2012 Ian McCollum 4

I’ve always been interested in Israeli firearms, because that nation has had more need to actually use their arms in combat in the past 50 or 60 years than almost any other nation. Couple that […]

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Construction of Automatic Weapons

January 2, 2012 Ian McCollum 5

From our friend Hrachya, we have a very cool book for you today. Titled Construction of Automatic Weapons, it was printed in Russia in 1933, and consists of line drawings of all the major machine […]