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Dangerous Guns

April 9, 2013 Ian McCollum 89

After shooting the Bannerman Mosin-Nagant conversion recently, the subject of dangerous military rifles came up when I was talking with a friend. And y’know, there are more than a few designs and conversions that are […]

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Bannerman .30-06 Mosin Nagant (Video)

April 1, 2013 Ian McCollum 25

According to internet wisdom, today’s video should have been cut short by a rifle exploding in my face…but you’ll have to watch it to see if that actually happened. Okay, the fact that I’m still […]

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M1886 Lebel Video

March 18, 2013 Ian McCollum 42

The French M1886 Lebel was the first smallbore smokeless powder rifle adopted by a major military, and was a game changer in the European arms race in the 1880s. It wasn’t an outstanding design in […]

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Madsen Lightweight Military Rifle

February 4, 2013 Ian McCollum 43

The M47 Madsen “Lightweight Military Rifle” was the last military bolt action rifle designed to be a primary infantry rifle, and it is a bit hard to see just who Madsen thought they could sell […]

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Mondragon Model 1894

January 4, 2013 Ian McCollum 22

The rifle we are looking at is an early Mondragon bolt-action design, model of 1894. Prior to designing his self-loading 1908 rifle (which is notable as the first self-loader adopted by a national military), Manuel […]

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Turkish Orman Carbine Video

October 1, 2012 Ian McCollum 7

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I’d picked up a neat new addition to my collection – a Turkish “Orman” carbine made from a French Berthier rifle. During WWII, the Turkish government wound up […]

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Lebel and Berthier Manuals

August 22, 2012 Ian McCollum 18

Since I spent yesterday talking about my new Turkish converted Berthier rifle, I figured it would be a decent idea to upload a couple manuals for the mainstay rifles of the French Army during WWI, […]

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New Addition to the Collection

August 21, 2012 Ian McCollum 15

One of the great things about collecting old guns is that there is such a huge variety out there – there’s always something new around the corner that you didn’t know about before. Scores of […]

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1899 Remington-Lee Magazine Rifle

May 11, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

James Paris Lee is one of the less recognized prolific arms designers in American history, between the Lee straight pull rifle adopted by the US Navy and the British Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield rifles. One of […]