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Semiauto Rifles

Prototype .280 FAL

June 13, 2012 Ian McCollum 25

The first prototypes of the FAL rifle were produced by Fabrique Nationale on the company’s own initiative in the aftermath of World War II, and presented to the British government for testing in early 1947. […]

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Select-fire Rifles

X8E1 & X8E2 SLR Manual

June 1, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

Before the British adopted the FAL as the L1A1 rifle, batches of several different variants were made for extended troop trials. The first two were the X8E1 and X8E2 – the X8E1 used standard FAL […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Sjogren Shotgun Photos

May 30, 2012 Ian McCollum 17

Thanks to reader David, we have several photos of a Sjogren 12ga shotgun. The Sjogren was a very early Swedish semiauto design using a recoil action with a fixed barrel. Most recoil orated firearms function […]

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Select-fire Rifles

EM1 Photos and Manual

May 25, 2012 Ian McCollum 12

The EM1 was an experimental British rifle developed in the late 1940s, and was definitely the high-tech wonder rifle of its day. It was a bullpup-style design before that was a trend, and used a […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Pelo Rifle

May 23, 2012 Ian McCollum 0

Captain Carl Pelo (retired) of the Finnish Army was involved in arms design for twenty or thirty years (including a stint as technical manager of the Sako factory in the 1930s), and produced several prototype […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Shooting the Gustloff VG1-5

May 21, 2012 Ian McCollum 37

Edit: Sorry, guys! I managed to link to an unrelated video. It’s fixed now. 🙂 The Volksturmgewehr Gustloff (commonly and incorrectly called the VG1-5) was a last-ditch rifle developed by Germany at the end of […]

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Bolt Action Rifles

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 […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Russian AVS-36 Rifle

May 9, 2012 Ian McCollum 4

Russia (or the USSR, for these purposes) had an early self-loading rifle in the 1916 Federov, but it was not a satisfactory combat weapons, for several reasons. The Soviet military held a number of trials […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Egyptian Rifle Overview

May 7, 2012 Ian McCollum 4

After World War II, Egypt experimented with several types of new rifle as a series of leaders bought arms from both Western and Communist nations. They included FN49 rifles from Belgium and vz52 and vz52/57 […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Ljungman AG-42B

April 16, 2012 Ian McCollum 47

The AG-42 was the first semiauto rifle adopted by the Swedish army, as well as the first production rifle to use a direct gas impingement operating system. Today we’re taking a closer look at the […]