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Funding a Good High-Speed Camera

For the last couple years, I have been doing my video work for Forgotten Weapons with a consumer-grade little camcorder and a low-end wireless microphone. It works, but the video has some room for improvement – and the audio leaves a lot to be desired. My slow motion, such as it is, has been done [...]

Sedgley Glove Gun

The Sedgley Glove Gun was one of the goofiest projects actually funded by the US military during WWII. Designed for the Navy, it was basically a leather gardening glove with a single shot .38 S&W pistol attached to the back (the original patent calls for a .410 shotshell, but this was changed for unknown reasons). [...]

Girardoni Air Rifle (Video)

The Girardoni (also spelled Girandoni) air rifle was a very advanced design adopted in 1780 by the Austrian Army. While the standard arm of the day was a single-shot flintlock, the Girardoni offered a massive firepower advantage to the men who carried it. The guns (designed by Bartholomäus Girardoni, of Vienna) had a magazine capacity [...]

Guns and Motorcycles: A Photo Essay

Bren

Presented without comment, because I am traveling today…

Thompson

Schwarzlose

Bren and Thompson

M1909 Benet Mercie

Breda 30

Breda 30

MG34

Hotchkiss M1914

Schwarzlose

Lightweight Air-Cooled Maxims

20mm Madsen

Colt M1895

DP-28

DP-28

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Stories of Interest

I have a number of items of interest that have come in just recently, and figured I’d put them all out today in place of a typical article. So…

1) I joined the Gun Nation podcast again last night, with Grant Cunningham, Doc Wesson, and Average Joe. This was the first of what will be [...]

LeMat Revolving Carbine

Today’s post is a guest article by Kymm Wilson, on the subject of the very rare LeMat carbine, which he was put quite a bit of work into recreating.

by Kymm Wilson

LeMat revolving carbine

Just prior to the Civil War an inventor named Jean Francois Alexander LeMat invented a revolver known then as [...]

Sons of (Forgotten) Guns

Yep, I am in the season finale of Sons of Guns, which first airs tonight. Want to see my video on the original Bigot we found in a private collection? Well, have a look:

If this is your first time hearing about my site, I encourage you to settle in and have a look [...]

Preview of Tonight

Want to see a reproduction Bigot actually firing? Tune in to Sons of Guns on the Discovery Channel tonight at 9pm, and you’ll get to see me try one out! If you haven’t seen my video on the Bigot, it is a late-WWII experiment created by the OSS to take the place of a suppressed [...]

AFTE Presentations – Markings and Magazines

I had the privilege of presenting two classes at the 2014 annual conference of the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) this week. One was a class on proof marks and other identifying marks, and the other was on magazines and clips. I made a point to videotape both presentations, so I could make [...]

John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center

I normally stay out of politics on the site, but I am going to make an exception today, for John Lott. He is, of course, one of the preeminent academic researchers involved in studying crime and firearms issues, and is of particular note because he came into the subject from a neutral position and allowed [...]