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Madsen Light machine gun

June 13, 2011 Ian McCollum 5

The Madsen was the first successful light machine gun, entering production in 1902. It saw much use, but was an unusual design – basically a fully automatic falling block action. It used a top mounted […]

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T12 Light machine gun

June 10, 2011 Ian McCollum 1

We don’t have very much information on the T12 – it was an experimental US belt-fed light machine gun in the early 1930s, with a flapper locking system similar to the DP series of LMGs. […]

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Russian NSV .50 manual

May 6, 2011 Ian McCollum 1

We’re getting a fairly thorough collection of Russian weapon manuals collected in the Vault, and here’s another one that’s a bit less common. The NSV was the .50 caliber heavy machine gun chosen by the […]

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Lewis Gun Manual

May 4, 2011 Ian McCollum 0

Since I mentioned one of its contemporaries in the last post, I think this would be a good time to take a look at the Lewis gun. It was designed by an American (Colonel Isaac […]

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Huot Automatic Rifle

May 1, 2011 Ian McCollum 13

It seems that armies are always short of weaponry when major conflicts light up, and creative solutions are often the result. Canada during the First World War is a good example. They had a serious […]

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DP-28 vs DPM

April 27, 2011 Ian McCollum 10

I’ve mentioned the DP28 and DPM light machine guns a couple times, and it occurs to me that the differences between them are worth going over. There are parts kits for both variants available, so […]

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Colt Potato Digger manual

April 25, 2011 Ian McCollum 0

As a followup to last week’s post on the Colt 1895 “Potato Digger”, we also have a US War Department manual on the gun, published in 1917. Lots of good information on those essential topics […]

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Colt 1895 Potato Digger

April 20, 2011 Ian McCollum 0

The Colt Model 1895 was John Browning’s first foray into machine gun design, and based largely on his previous work with lever action rifles. The gun used a rather unique design, having a gas piston […]

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Starting a DP28/DPM build

April 18, 2011 Ian McCollum 13

So if you’ve read the “About” page, you may have noticed that I claimed that we here at Forgotten Weapons are building (and selling) neat old guns.  Well, the various folks here have all built […]

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Manuals

Carl Gustaf manual

April 13, 2011 Ian McCollum 4

Some other projects are preventing me from having the time to write much this week, so I’ll be posting a few more manuals before we get back to some more photo sets. Today, I’ve got […]