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On the Way to Being Forgotten: AKU-94 Bullpup AK Conversion

The AKU-94 was a bullpup conversion kit made for standard AK rifles by K-Var a while back. They were never particularly popular, probably because in stock form they weren’t particularly good. The sights are wobbly and mediocre, the triggers were awful, the magazine was a very tight fit, and the furniture seemed pretty cheesy. Here’s [...]

Book Review: Winchester Model 07 Self-Loading .351 Caliber

The full title of this recently-published monograph by Leonard Speckin is actually Winchester Model 07 Self-Loading .351 Caliber: Its Past and Its Future with Modern Brass, Bullets and Powders. There is very little modern published information on the Winchester Self-Loaders (the 1905 in .35 cal, the 1907 in .351 cal, and the 1910 in .401 [...]

FG-42 vs M1 Garand – 2 Gun Match (Video)

For this month’s 2-Gun Action Challenge Match, we had a loaner .308 FG-42 from SMG Guns, which I handed off to my friend Karl to shoot. I went up against him with an M1 Garand, to see if e could get an idea of how these two rifles would have fared against each other in [...]

Brøndby Military Rifle Cutaway View

Courtesy of reader Peter, we have this neat cutaway drawing of the Norwegian Brøndby military rifle. This rifle was originally chambered in 6.5×55 Swede and was sent to England for military testing.

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Neat – thanks, Peter! For the interested parties, there was also a Brondby “Maskinpistol” firing a pistol-caliber cartridge with [...]

“Ross” Semiauto Prototype Rifle

This rifle came to light prior to the Rock Island Premier Auction in September of 2013, and sparked some interesting discussion amongst Ross collectors…

Prototype semiauto rifle with Ross parts

I had the chance to take a look at the gun firsthand at RIA, and filmed a brief bit of video of it:

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Book Review: The M1 Garand Rifle

I have been procrastinating the addition of a good book on the M1 Garand rifle into my own library, reading the various published material off of friends’ shelves. Now I’m glad that I have put off the purchase, because hot off the presses is a new tome by Bruce Canfield, a 900-page encyclopedia on the [...]

Spanish Fusil M32 Sistema MR Manual

Thanks to reader Carlos in Spain, we have a manual on a very obscure Spanish self-loading rifle, the Sistema MR M1932, to share today. The only other information I have been able to find on this experimental design was a brief two-page document in an archive, and this manual sheds a lot more light on [...]

Mauser M1915 Flieger-Karabiner

Thanks to reader Jacob, we have some fantastic photos of a Mauser M1915 Flieger-Karabiner. This was an early (although not the earliest) Mauser self-loading rifle design, and was used for a short time by German aviators (balloon and fixed-wing) during the First World War. Only about a thousand were made, and this one is in [...]

Johnson M1941 Video

Melvin Johnson was a gun designer who felt that the M1 Garand rifle had several significant flaws – so he developed his own semiauto .30-06 rifle to supplement the M1. His thought was that if problems arose with the M1 in combat, production of his rifle could provide a continuing supply of arms while problems [...]

Vintage Saturday: Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance

Your plans have gone pretty far wrong already if you’re practicing butt-stroking someone with a scoped rifle

Cuban exiles training in Florida for the Bay of Pigs invasion, with scoped M1941 Johnson rifles.

(coming Monday, a video on the Johnson…)

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