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Vintage Saturday: Policeman with a Rifle

Dakota tribal policeman with a Remington-Keene rifle

Dakota tribal policeman with a Remington-Keene rifle (source: Denver Public Library)

The Remington-Keene was one of the many repeating rifles manufactured with hopes of US military contracts, which failed to get any. In total about 5,000 were made and sold commercially. It is a tube-magazine, bolt action rifle in .45-70 caliber. This photo was […]

Vintage Saturday: Sniper

Springfield 1903 sniper w/ Warner & Swasey M1913 scope

“3000 yards, really?”

Springfield 1903 sniper w/ Warner & Swasey M1913 scope, photo taken in 1918. Note the camouflage pain on the stock, and the distinctive cruciform grasping knob on the range adjustment of the scope.

Vintage Saturday: Seeds of an Idea

Ilya Amelin with Panzerfaust, 15th Guards Rifle Division, Germany, 1945

Ilya Amelin with Panzerfaust, 15th Guards Rifle Division, Germany, 1945

Point at Panzer, press button…

Vintage Saturday: Serious Riot Control

German Freikorps arraying with flamethrowers during the 1919 Spartacist revolt in Berlin

German Freikorps arraying with flamethrowers and hand grenades during the 1919 Spartacist revolt in Berlin

Nothing says “Disperse!” like flamethrowers and grenades…

Vintage Saturday: Mr. Lee Goes to China

British Marines from the HMS Alacrity in China with Lee-Metford rifles (1900)

Note the bandoliers of individual cartridges – these Lee-Metfords predate the adoption of charger clips, and would have been reloading one round at a time.

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Vintage Saturday: Liberator

Chinese man with a Liberator pistol

Chinese man with a Liberator pistol. Source: The Liberator Pistol by Ralph Hagan

Photo taken by John Brunner outside OSS headquarters in Kunming, 1945.

Vintage Saturday: Armor Terror

Panzerschreck crew using an RPzB-54

Panzerschreck crew using an RPzB-54

Technically speaking, Raketenpanzerbüchse 54, inspired by the US Bazooka.

Type 11 LMG w/ Tripod

IJA soldier in Chine with a Nambu Type 11 LMG and its tripod

Reader Blake sent me a couple very interesting photos recently, and they show a pretty unusual item – a Nambu Type 11 tripod. Blake is an American living with his Japanese wife in Japan, and these photos are of her grandfather, Katsuji Aritsue, who served in the Imperial Japanese Army in China, where he was […]

Vintage Saturday Correction: Spare a Light?

French officer with a Lebel rifle and barrel-mounted light

Long-time reader and commenter Eon took a closer look at yesterday’s photo and recognized what I had not – it isn’t a line-throwing rifle, it’s a light mounted under the barrel. His comment in full:

The “can” definitely has an electrical connection at its bottom rear. The double-stranded line from it leads to a switch […]

Vintage Saturday: Throw Me a Line!

French officer with a Lebel rifle and barrel-mounted light

French officer with a Lebel rifle converted to throw lines