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Belgian 1862 Wall Gun (Video)

November 25, 2016 Ian McCollum 16

Wall guns are the philosophical predecessor to today’s anti-material rifles – large-caliber, high power rifles heavy enough that they cannot be fired from the shoulder realistically. Traditionally, they were used for defending walls or ramparts, […]

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Julia: Shooting a 20mm Lahti L39

September 12, 2016 Ian McCollum 73

The Lahti L39 was the Finnish answer to the need for an anti-tank rifle, developed just before the Winter War. The rifle was created by noted Finnish designed Aimo Lahti, who had pressed for it […]

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RIA: Barrett M82A1

August 10, 2016 Ian McCollum 46

The story of the development of the Barrett M82 .50 BMG semiauto rifle is really a neat story – much more interesting than most people probably expect, and reminiscent of many firearms development stories of […]

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RIA: Granatbuchse GrB-39 Antitank Rifle

August 29, 2015 Ian McCollum 24

Like most countries, Germany had a standard-issue antitank rifle when World War II began – the Panzerbuchse 39. It fired an 8x94mm cartridge with a small very high velocity armor-piercing bullet. And like the other […]

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RIA: Boys Anti-Tank Rifle

August 24, 2015 Ian McCollum 34

Pretty much every major military had an antitank rifle in service when WW2 kicked off, and the British example was the Boys AT rifle, named after the Captain Boys who designed it. It was a […]

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RIA: 1918 German Tank Gewehr

August 23, 2015 Ian McCollum 35

Germany was the first country to produce a purpose-built antitank rifle, in response to the major Entente tank attack at Cambrai. The design was pretty simple, basically a scaled-up Mauser 98 with 4 locking lugs […]

Irish troops unpacking a new Boys Anti-Tank Rifle
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Vintage Saturday: Big Boys Toy

July 25, 2015 Ian McCollum 37

The Republic of Ireland opted to copy the German WWI Stahlhelm design rather than use British Brodie-style helmets. Until 1940, anyway, and I think it’s pretty clear why they changed. The rifle here, of course, […]