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Vintage Saturday: Average Joe

Union carpenter Joe Olson assists the coal miners during the UMW labor strike against CF&I, in Ludlow, Colorado.

Union carpenter Joe Olson assists the coal miners during the UMW labor strike against CF&I, in Ludlow, Colorado.

Interestingly, Joe here appears to be armed with a sporting version of the Gewehr 88 – which means those cartridges in his belt will do little good without some en bloc clips. Good thing he’s also […]

Vintage Saturday: Shipboard Operations

SEAL Team 8 member with his M14 during Desert Storm

SEAL Team 8 member with his M14 during Desert Storm

Note the optic (can’t tell what type), the 1907 pattern shooting sling, and the hand-made vertical front grip.

Vintage Saturday: Harried

German soldier cleaning his rifle

German soldier working on his rifle

This guy has clearly been through a lot.

Note the G41(W) or G43 in the background.

Vintage Saturday: On Guard

Man standing watch at the Emmett Mine in Leadville Colorado during labor disputes (source: Denver Public Library)

Armed with a Trapdoor Springfield – with fixed spike bayonet – and a long-barreled Colt Single Action Army. Dated 1890s – back when “labor dispute” meant more guns and fewer negotiators than it does today. Click the […]

Vintage Saturday: Rifle Grenade

2nd Lieutenant L. J. Barley of the 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), watching as a rifle grenade is prepared for firing from trenches at Grande Flamengrie Farm on the Bois Grenier sector of the line during February 1915.

Image from the Imperial War Museum

2nd Lieutenant L. J. Barley of the 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), watching as a rifle grenade is prepared for firing from trenches at Grande Flamengrie Farm on the Bois Grenier sector of the line during February 1915.

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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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