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Remington M53

January 9, 2014 Ian McCollum 51

With the announcement of Remington’s reintroduction of the classic Model 51 as the new Remington R51, I have had several people ask for information on the forgotten stepchild of the Model 51, the M53. I […]

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Bolt Action Rifles

Miscellanea

January 1, 2014 Ian McCollum 15

A few things… First, I received the first 100 rounds of 7.65mm Mannlicher ammo yesterday – Argentine surplus. It looks really good, and I’m really looking forward to trying it out at the range in […]

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Semiauto pistol

Mannlicher M1900 Pistol: Extra-Fancy

December 31, 2013 Ian McCollum 19

The M1900 is a pretty rare variant of one of Mannicher’s automatic pistols – the 1905 version was sold in relatively large numbers to the Argentine government, and those guns are far more common today […]

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Semiauto pistol

Bergmann 1897 Carbine

November 28, 2013 Ian McCollum 13

Several of the popular pistols of the very early 1900s were offered by factories in carbine configurations, with 10-14 inch barrels and permanent shoulder stocks (not to be confused with the detachable stock/holsters also made […]

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Bergmann M1910 and 1910/21 Pistol

November 27, 2013 Ian McCollum 22

We come now to the final chapter in the Bergmann pistol saga – the Danish M1910 and 1910/21 pistols. When Pieper (AEP) in Belgium contracted to build the 1908 Bergmanns for Spain, they also got […]

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Bergmann-Mars 1903/1908 Pistol

November 25, 2013 Ian McCollum 19

The military breakthrough for Bergmann finally came in 1903 with a new locking system for the pistol, designed by Louis Schmeisser (who had also designed the previous Bergmann handguns). In 1901, Schmeisser developed the new […]

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Bergmann Simplex

November 22, 2013 Ian McCollum 22

Theodor Bergmann was tenacious in his pursuit of a military pistol contract, but the sales of the 1896 and 1897 model Bergmann pistols showed him that a single design could not effectively suit to both […]