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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!

stevens christmas

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!

This weekend […]

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

Savage 1907 in .45 ACP

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 […]

Teaser Pictures in Leiu of Real Content

.30-Caliber Knoble

Sorry guys – I’m sorting myself out after a week on the road and I don’t have a real post lined up for today. Instead, I will just tease you with some of the videos I have just finished filming, and which will be publishing (along with much more!) in the coming weeks…

Borchardt […]

Patreon is Replacing the Premium Membership Program


For a long time now, I have had a “Premium Member” program for folks who wanted to help support the site. It has proven to be a bit clumsy for me to manage, and I was not able to secure the shooting industry discounts and special offers that I was hoping would make it a […]

Rifle Sale! SMLE, MAS-36, Spanish Mauser


I have a couple of rifles that I no longer need in the collection and might interest folks here. All prices include shipping, and the guns are all C&R eligible. No international sales – sorry. If you’d like one of them, just drop me an email at admin@forgottenweapons.com. Thanks!