Semiauto Rifles

SIG PE-57: Swiss Roller-Delay! (Video)

February 22, 2017 Ian McCollum 16

The SIG PE-57 is the civilian semiauto version of the Stgw57, Switzerland’s first self-loading service rifle. Developed from the German MG-42 but incorporating a substantial influence form the FG-42 as well, the PE-57 is a […]

Antiques

Sharps & Hankins Navy Model Carbine

February 9, 2017 Ian McCollum 9

Designed by Christian Sharps (or Sharps rifle fame), the Sharps & Hankins carbine was a light and handy rimfire carbine intended for military use. It was a single-shot weapon with an unusual action to lever […]

Antiques

Gahendra: the Nepalese Martini (or not)

February 8, 2017 Ian McCollum 12

Long a mysterious unknown member of the Martini family, the Nepalese Gahendra rifles finally became available in the US and Europe after IMA purchased Nepal’s cache of historic arms. The Gahendra is a uniquely Nepalese […]

Bolt Action Rifles

Ishapore SMLE MkI** India Pattern (Video)

February 6, 2017 Ian McCollum 7

While many people are familiar with the Ishapore 2A1 rifles chambered in 7.62mm NATO (largely thanks to their importation and sale in the US in large numbers), production of Indian Enfield rifles actually dates back […]

Bolt Action Rifles

Peruvian Mausers: 1891 and 1909 (Video)

February 3, 2017 Ian McCollum 4

Peru’s first standardized repeating rifle was the Model 1891 Mauser, as purchased in 1901 through Argentina. About 30,000 of these rifles were obtained when Argentina was unable to pay for them – although this may […]