Bergmann

Bergmann Mars 1903

January 15, 2017 Ian McCollum 32

The military breakthrough for Bergmann finally came in 1903 with a new locking system for the pistol, designed by Louis Schmeisser (who had also designed the previous Bergmann handguns). In 1901, Schmeisser developed the new […]

Book review

Book Review: Vickers Guide AR-15

January 11, 2017 Ian McCollum 3

I don’t normally have much interest in coffee-table books, and the Vickers Guide: AR-15 would definitely be considered a coffee-table book. That said, it is substantially different than most such books, and much more worthy […]

Prototype

Winchester Proto-M14 Rifle (Video)

December 30, 2016 Ian McCollum 39

In the aftermath of World War II, the United States spent 12 years looking for a successor to the M1 Garand rifle. The new standard infantry arm was expected to be select-fire, lightweight, accurate, controllable, […]

Select-fire Rifles

Enfield L85A1 (Video)

December 29, 2016 Ian McCollum 67

The L85A1 (part of the SA80 small arms family) was adopted by the British military in 1985 as a new generation of small arms to replace the L1A1 FAL (one quick note, where “A1” indicates […]

Handgun

Welrod Mk IIA (Video)

December 27, 2016 Ian McCollum 57

The Welrod is a nearly completely silent bolt action pistol designed by SOE Section 9 for covert operation and assassination use during WW2. Chambered for the .32ACP cartridge (which is subsonic to begin with), the […]

Manual machine guns

Puckle Gun (Video)

December 25, 2016 Ian McCollum 32

The Puckle Gun is probably best known as that thing that had round bullets for Christians and square bullets for Turks, but there is much more to it than just that (and in addition, the […]

Aircraft MGs

Slow Motion: M134 Minigun (Video)

December 23, 2016 Ian McCollum 9

Following up to yesterday’s look at the history and (partial) disassembly of a GE M134 Minigun, today we will check it out in slow motion. I filmed these high-speed shots, but there was so much […]