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Last Ditch Innovation (Video)

November 19, 2012 Ian McCollum 38

I’m very happy today to present a video we did in cooperation with Oleg Volk, which I’ve titled “Last Ditch Innovation”. It is a look at two late-WW2 German prototype rifles which are the evolutionary […]

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German Magazine Mistake

October 30, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

A piece of unusual trivia today. Magazines for the German StG44 were marked with the rifle’s designation in addition to the manufacturer’s code. Well, the gun started out life as the MP43 in 1943, and […]

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Italian Cei-Rigotti self-loader

October 24, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

We have blogged about the Cei-Rigotti before, but I figured I’d do a re-cap on it, considering the new information we’ve found on its caliber. I’ve also uploaded a gallery of photos of the rifle […]

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Syrian Sturmgewehr Cache

August 11, 2012 Ian McCollum 23

Allah ackbar indeed! Why can’t I ever find a storeroom full of Sturmgewehrs? If anyone reading this has contacts in Syria,you might consider recommending that they try to exchange them on some international market for […]

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Fallschirmjagergewehr FG-42 Video

August 6, 2012 Ian McCollum 22

The German FG-42 paratroop rifle was a very impressive design, managing to meet a very strict set of performance criteria. The first production model in particular was exceptionally light and compact, while still offering semi […]

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TRW Low Maintenance Rifle

July 18, 2012 Ian McCollum 28

As everyone is away, the M16 suffered from maintenance and reliability problems early in its deployment to Vietnam. While working to resolve these issues, the US government wanted to find a replacement weapon that would […]

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EM2 Video

July 16, 2012 Ian McCollum 24

I offer our Facebook fans the choice of which video they would like to see today, and the result was overwhelmingly the British EM2 rifle. These were made in both .280/30 and 7.62 NATO calibers, […]

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Itailian Cei-Rigotti Selfloading Rifle

June 18, 2012 Ian McCollum 15

Amerigo Cei-Rigotti was a major in the Italian Bersaglieri (light infantry) in 1900, when his innovative self-loading rifle design was first introduced. Unlike many or the very early semiauto rifle designs, the Cei-Rigotti is a […]