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Patent drawings

Sjogren rifle and shotgun

April 22, 2011 Ian McCollum 1

The Sjorgen rifle and shotgun designs definitely fit the description of Forgotten Weapons. Developed in Sweden, the Sjogren system used a fixed barrel and recoil-operated action in both a 12 gauge shotgun and .30 caliber […]

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Manuals

FN-49 Manual

April 11, 2011 Ian McCollum 5

As a followup to the FAL manual, how about one for the FN49? FN Model 49 Operator’s Manual (English) As always, it has been added to the Original Manuals page in the Vault.

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Manuals

FN-FAL Manual

April 8, 2011 Ian McCollum 3

Ok, so the FAL isn’t a forgotten weapon by a long shot. However, it is an important piece in the development of modern military firearms.  So to help promote a deeper understanding of how it […]

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bullpup

British EM-2

April 6, 2011 Ian McCollum 3

The EM-2 was the result of a British research and development program looking for a replacement for the venerable Lee Enfield rifle after WWII. As with just about every other country on the planet, they […]

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garand development

Czech ZH29

March 11, 2011 Ian McCollum 2

The Czech ZH29 is a meticulously made example of early semiautomatic rifle design. Made in the era before WWII when great care was taken in making arms, the only stamped parts on it are the […]

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Semiauto Rifles

French A6 Meunier M1916

February 7, 2011 Ian McCollum 3

The French military is the butt of quite a lot of jokes…I’m sure we’ve all heard the one  about the great deal on French surplus – never fired and only dropped once! Well, when it […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Howa Type 89

January 21, 2011 Ian McCollum 0

Not all interesting and obscure guns are a century old – there are plenty of guns in common use today that are not well known. One such gun is the Howa Type 89. It is […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Howell Automatic Rifle

January 19, 2011 Ian McCollum 7

So, let us pretend we are 1940s British ordnance officers, and we need more automatic rifles. What are we to do? There is so much war material that needs to be produced, and we have […]

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German

Gerat 06H

January 14, 2011 Ian McCollum 0

If you look at a Gerat 06H and squint really hard, you can almost see and HK91. Ok, only if you have some imagination – but the two are intimately related. The Gerat (“Device”) 06H […]