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Vintage Saturday: Shipboard Operations

SEAL Team 8 member with his M14 during Desert Storm

SEAL Team 8 member with his M14 during Desert Storm

Note the optic (can’t tell what type), the 1907 pattern shooting sling, and the hand-made vertical front grip.

A Soviet Look at Cold War Small Arms Development

Military Thought (USSR): Some Points on the Status and Development of Small Arms (1965, English translation)

I have covered various elements of small arms development during the Cold War more than a few times – usually involving the contentious process that led to the 7.62mm NATO cartridge being adopted, and the various rifles that failed to make the cut in the process. What I have not posted before, though, is a […]

StG-45 Horn Prototypes

Horn prototype sturmgewehr

Herr Horn (I have seen his name given as both N.V. Horn and V.G. Horn; not sure which is correct) was an engineer working in the R&D department of Mauser at the end of WWII, and he designed one of the many different experimental last-ditch rifles that was conceived in the last years of the […]

Sturmgewehrs: The Original and the HMG Reproduction

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While I was busy posting RIA videos last month, my friend Karl and I traveled down to Atlanta to visit Hill & Mac Gunworks. They are making a reproduction StG-44 rifle with a number of modern modifications, and for a very attractive price point ($1800). We did a couple of videos there looking at the […]

Differentiating Models of the 1894 Mondragon

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I recently had a chance to examine 4 different examples of the 1894 Mondragon straight-pull bolt action rifle. These rifles were the predecessor to the self-loading Mondragon design which would be adopted by Mexico in 1908 as the first such rifle adopted as a standard arm by a national military. The 1894 also has a […]

Q&A Video #1: H&K G11, Owen, F1, Worst Gun Ever, and More!

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As part of my new fundraising system on Patreon, I am starting a monthly Q&A video series, answering questions from Patreon contributors. The support from you folks is a tremendous help to me in running the site, and I really appreciate it! This month I am addressing:

H&K G11 (and caseless rifles in general) Origins […]

RIA: M14E2 Semiauto Clone

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The M14E2, later redesignated the M14A1, was the replacement for the ill-fated heavy barrel M15 rifle. Both were intended to fill the role of the BAR in providing automatic fire in support of M14 rifles. The M15 program was cancelled before any rifles were built, and the M14E2 that replaced it was simply an M14 […]

SlideFire Bump-SAW Concept

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This isn’t really a forgotten weapon, but it is a very fun concept gun that my friend Karl put together while we have been experimenting with the Slidefire stocks. These are stocks that allow a rifle to “float”. The idea is that you hold your trigger finger in a fixed position and pull the rifle […]

MAS 62 Testing Results

French MAS 62 trials rifle

Thanks to reader Thibaud, we have a translation of some of the testing results from the French military trial of the FN FAL and MAS Model 62. Thanks, Thibaud!

The documents tell us that the FA MAS 62 was tested along with the FN FAL, which was considered a benchmark. Here is the result […]

Shooting and Disassembling A.I. AR-10 rifles (Video)

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I had a gun-shop-owning friend offer me a chance to do a video on a Portuguese contract AR-10 made by Artillerie Inrichtingen in the Netherlands a little while back. Unfortunately, it had just sold, and so we didn’t have an opportunity to doing any shooting with it. I put off the editing of that video […]