French-Moroccan Goumier at Monte Casino
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Goumier

December 17, 2016 Ian McCollum 50

Moroccan troops, known as les Goumiers Marocains were part of the French auxiliaries in the Army of Africa. As with all post-surrender French forces in WWII, they were armed and equipped with other Allied equipment; […]

German soldiers with captured American arms
Semiauto Rifles

Vintage Saturday: More Spoils

December 10, 2016 Ian McCollum 60

German soldiers with captured American small arms, circa 1944. The other guy’s stuff is always better than yours, right? Well, I would rather have an M1 than a K98k, but the Thompsons? No thanks. Interesting […]

Austrian prisoners in Murmansk, 1916
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Austrian Prisoners

October 29, 2016 Ian McCollum 41

This photo is an original color picture, not a modern colorization – taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer of color photography. Also of interest, note that the Russian guard on the far left is […]

French soldiers in Chad in 1971
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Snipers in Shorts

October 22, 2016 Ian McCollum 33

The man in the front has an FR-F1, a French-issue sniper’s rifle roughly based on the MAS-36. The man others appear to have MAS 49/56 semiauto rifles. And of course, it wouldn’t be a desert […]

Biafran troops, circa 1968
Heavy MGs

Vintage Saturday: Short-Lived Nation

August 6, 2016 Ian McCollum 134

The Republic of Biafra was supported by Czechoslovakia during its brief existence, and the men here are equipped with a Czech ZB-53 machine gun and what appears to be a CZ-47 or CZ-247 submachine gun.