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Want a Free Rock Island Catalog?

Rock Island Auctions offered me some free catalogs for their September auction – they are gorgeous 3-volume, full-color spiral bound sets. In addition to being the primary way to see what’s in the auction, they also make great coffee-table material after the auction and good references, thanks the the excellent photography.

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(More) Rifles for Sale

I have a couple more rifles that I need to move to make room for new things and pay the bills. These are for sale in the US only, and I will need to add extra to cover shipping to Alaska or Hawaii (continental shipping is included in the prices). Can’t live without one of [...]

Wrapping up a Road Trip…

Sorry guys, I don’t have any content to post today. I’m writing this from the airport, en route back home after an extended trip. I spent several days in Vegas for the annual DefCon hacker convention (filming some material for the upcoming Secret Project), a bunch of time at Rock Island Auctions doing video on [...]

Takin’ the Day Off (Sort Of)

It’s my birthday today, and I am indulging with a day off. Which I will be spending by playing with a new No4 Enfield sniper and doing some video work for the upcoming Secret Project. So not really taking the day off, I suppose…but working on the site here and doing what I just find [...]

Mystery Rifle

I received a batch of photos from a European reader asking if I could identify the gun in them, and I have found myself stumped. The reader thought this might be a G41, but it is not. My first thought, based on its bolt handle, was the Russian Federov, but it is also definitely not [...]

Testing the New Lightweight Rifles (1959)

Between December 1, 1958 and March 22, 1959, the ranges at the Hunter Liggett Military Reservation were the scene of an impressively comprehensive set of trials. The Army wanted to know what effect the new lightweight, high velocity rifles would have on squad organization and hit capabilities. So, they arranged four months of testing with [...]

Selling a few guns… (prices reduced a bit)

Turns out I’m going to need to upgrade my laptop in order to run good editing software for my new, higher-quality video files. So, I’m selling off a handful of guns to help finance the new computer. Full disclosure; none of these are really outstanding specimens – they all need some work or have issues. [...]

Experimenting with the Quadcopter

My new quadcopter camera arrived a few days ago, and I’ve been getting some practice flying it and experimenting with different camera angles and type of shots. Here’s a brief compilation of the progress so far:

Tab Clearing…

Happy Independence Day to all my American readers, and a happy Friday to everyone else! I’ve had a bunch of items come across my desk that aren’t really enough for their own posts,so I figured I’d lump a bunch of them together for you today.

1) A few days ago I spent several hours on [...]

Apex Gun Parts Sale

Apex Gun Parts, one of our longtime sponsors, is having a 4th of July sale, which has already started (I suppose they are pretty excited about Independence Day – and who isn’t?). I took a look through the items they have discounted for the sale, and found a couple in particular that jumped out at [...]