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Final Prices: RIA April 2016

I always get a bunch of questions about what the various guns at auction ended up selling for, so here’s an overview for the curious:

Q&A #4: These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

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Time for another monthly Q&A video – thanks to my supporters on Patreon for helping to make this possible! I have a whole bunch of questions this time, and have timestamps for each individual one below.

0:52 – Barrel length in terms of bore diameter 3:18 – Why did the XM8 fail?

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Stopping Tanks with Rifles?


Picture the year 1939 – lots of light tanks are out there in various armies, but there isn’t much practical experience on how to stop them in combat. The heavy anti-tank rifles pioneered at the end of WWI are an option, but perhaps it is possible to find a simpler method? An answer occurs to […]

SHOT Show 2016

The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trades) Show is the annual firearms industry trade show, and I have attended it for several years. There is generally not very much there of direct relevance to the sort of historical firearms that we typically cover here, but it is an excellent opportunity to meet up with folks […]

Ballistic Nylon as Armor (Video)

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You have probably heard of “ballistic” nylon, but everyone knows that soft armor is made of Kevlar, right? Well, it is today (and other similar fibers). But a few decades back, before Kevlar had been invented, Smith & Wesson was selling soft body armor made using layers of nylon – “ballistic” nylon.

Thanks to Movie […]

Happy Holidays to All!

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I hope everyone has a joyous holiday season and a great New Year! There are some cool things in the works here at Forgotten Weapons, and I am looking forward to a 2016 that is even better than 2015! Today, however, I am taking a day off (and you should too).


New Ad Banner – Historic Investments


Just a quick note that I have added a new banner to the site sidebar: Historic Investments. They have a GunBroker account instead of a standalone web site (although I think that is coming at some point) or brick-and-mortar store, but that doesn’t change the fact that they trade in some pretty cool collectible firearms. […]

Gun Show and Auction This Weekend…

Well, today is the start of Rock Island’s auction – best of luck to everyone who is bidding on items! I have one thing in my own sights, which I hope to make use of for the web site here if I can manage to win it. I guess we’ll find out shortly!

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Looking for Assistance in Italy

I am in the planning stages of a trip to Italy this coming spring/summer. It’s not a purely gun trip, but I have some time set aside for gun activities. I have a few things in the works myself, but I would be very interested in talking to any Italian readers who have connections to […]

Refresher: US 1907 Pistol Trials Report

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I have a couple videos coming up on pistols from the trials that eventually led to the adoption of the 1911, so today is a refresher from a couple years back when I posted a copy of the official trials report from the 1907 testing…

When the US began its engagement in the Philippines at […]