Bolt Action Rifles

Uruguay’s Forgotten Mauser: the Dovitiis

December 6, 2016 Ian McCollum 8

Uruguay’s Model 1871/94 Mauser conversions – known usually as either Daudetau or Dovitiis Mausers – are a really interesting story of arms history. It begins with Antonio Dovitiis, and Italian tailor and merchant of military […]

Anti-Rank Rifles

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, […]

Austrian prisoners in Murmansk, 1916
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Austrian Prisoners

October 29, 2016 Ian McCollum 40

This photo is an original color picture, not a modern colorization – taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer of color photography. Also of interest, note that the Russian guard on the far left is […]

Single Shot Rifles

RIA: Imperial Gewehr 71 (Video)

January 30, 2016 Ian McCollum 31

The Gewehr 1871 was the first rifle adopted by the newly-formed German state after its unification at the end of the Franco-Prussian War. It replaced the decades-old Dreyse needle rifles, and fired an 11x60mm black […]