Bolt Action Rifles

Japanese Type 18 Murata at RIA

June 14, 2015 Ian McCollum 18

The Murata was Japan’s first domestic manufactured military rifle. In its first iteration, it was an 11mm, single shot, black powder weapon and was adopted in 1880 (the Type 13). Before long, some problems in […]

Bolt Action Rifles

Dreyse M1860 Needle Rifle at RIA (Video)

June 2, 2015 Ian McCollum 21

The Dreyse needle rifle (or zundnadelgewehr, which translates to needle firing rifle) was a major step forward in military rifle technology, although it did not remain at the forefront for very long (much like the […]

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Ferguson Breechloading Flintlock (Video)

May 11, 2015 Ian McCollum 27

Patrick Ferguson was a British inventor and Army officer who developed a breechloading flintlock rifle in the 1770s (his patent was granted in 1776). He impressed British Army ordnance officials with a remarkable demonstration of […]

Anti-Tank Rifles

PzB-39 German Anti-Tank Rifle at RIA

April 8, 2015 Ian McCollum 35

Most countries still had anti-tank rifles in their military inventory at the beginning of WWII – the Solothurn S18-100, the Lahti L39, the Boys AT Rifle, the PTRD and PTRS, and so on. For Germany, […]

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Single Shot Rifles

Martini-Henry I.C.1 Carbine (Video)

December 29, 2014 Ian McCollum 32

Formally adopted in 1877, the I.C.1 Martini Henry was formally designated the “Arms Interchangeable, Carbine Breech loading Rifled, with clearing rod Martini Henry Mk1”. The word “interchangeable” refers to its use for both the artillery […]

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1852 Slant-Breech Sharps

December 15, 2014 Ian McCollum 18

Reader Kymm was kind enough to load me this rifle to video, with a particular interest in seeing the amount of gas leakage (or lack thereof) on high-speed footage. This early model of Sharps featured […]