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Gun Nation Podcast Tonight

Hey, guys – I’m happy to say that I’ll be joining Doc Wesson, Average Joe, and Grant Cunningham on the Gun Nation podcast tonight! You can listen in live at 9pm EST, or download the episode afterwards, but I hope you’ll have a chance to check it out. We’re going to be having lots of [...]

2014 Calendars from Forgotten Weapons!

I use a monthly calendar to help organize my posting here on Forgotten Weapons, planning out what I’ll be writing and keeping track of which posts are finished and ready to go. As we started to approach the end of 2013, I needed to get a new calendar to keep going forward. And that’s when [...]

Excellent New Premium Members’ Benefit

I’m happy to announce that I’ve added a new benefit item to the Forgotten Weapons Premium Member program! Rock Island Auctions is offering us a great discount on their catalogs. If you’ve seen their catalogs, you’ll already know what great reading material they are – a Premier Auction catalog is typically two (sometimes three) volumes [...]

For Sale: Sweet “Tanker” M1 Garand in 7.62 NATO

Update – Rifle is sold. Thanks!

I have an extra tanker M1 Garand that I’m selling to fund some other guns, and I figured I’d offer it to folks here before moving it to GunBroker. Of course, the “tanker” moniker is old marketing from the 50s or 60s; this was never used or issued to [...]

To Restore or not to Restore?

If you’ve been watching the blog for a while, you may recall that I have a relic-grade VG1-5 rifle – I found it at a gun show in Belgium and brought it back home in my suitcase. It is far beyond salvaging into any sort of functional firearm, but I thought it was too interesting [...]

Vintage Saturday: Government Shutdown

Sixty-nine years ago the residents of Warsaw, beset by two evil political extremes, were working hard on a government shutdown of their own.

Note the assortment of arms – a Polish variant of the BAR, a Mauser rifle, Luger pistol, and what appears to be a Mauser 1910/1914/1934 pistol.

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Book Review: Archaeological Perspectives on the Battle of the Little Bighorn

I’m sure all my American readers are familiar with George Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, one of the more famous disasters in American military history. For our European folks, a bit of explanation may be helpful, though. In the summer of 1876, the US government sent out troops to force a large [...]

The Return of GunLab

Yep, I’m very happy to announce that there is some new content coming to GunLab at last! It won’t be from me, but instead from my friend Chuck. He is an SOT, and has a pretty nice shop, with everything from a 4-axis CNC mill to a hydraulic stamping press, and all manner of manual [...]

For Sale: German History of Selfloading Pistols

We wound up with a duplicate book in the Reference Library: Geschichte und Technik der Selbstladepistole (History and Technology of the Self-Loading Pistol) by Werner Mootz. It’s a pretty neat book, loaded with patent drawings of obscure early selfloading and manual repeating pistols – and the text is all in German (FYI). It’s a pretty [...]

Still Talking When There’s Science to Do

The monthly 2-gun match was yesterday, and I used the opportunity to do some research into a classic question:

To what extent can the faster action and increased magazine capacity of an Enfield rifle compensate for a less skilled shooter, as compared to a Mauser rifle?