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Vintge Saturday: Holding Things Down

Usually one uses sandbags or ammo cans for this, but when all else fails…

German soldier using his body weight to stabilize an MG34 on an anti-aircraft tripod.

Vintage Saturday: Commando, Eh?

Is that a Lanchester mag in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Canadian Commando with a Lanchester SMG. It wasn’t only the Japanese who put huge bayonets on subguns!

I do wonder how awkward it would get to use Lanchester mags, with their 50-round capacity. Notice the front pouches this [...]

Vintage Saturday: Antitank Rifle

German soldier with a captured Polish Maroszek wz.35 anti-tank rifle

Conquering France with Polish guns

German soldier in France with a captured Polish Maroszek wz.35 anti-tank rifle.

Vintage Saturday: More Anti-Aircraft

Mass recoil sensitivity!

Soviet snipers train at ranging aircraft with 91/30 PU rifles.

Vintage Friday: Russians

The fixed bayonets are not a common sight… (photo from WarAlbum.ru)

Russian troops with SVT-40 rifles in a particularly photogenic framing. My book review planned for today isn’t quite done yet, so I’m changing up the schedule a bit.

Vintage Saturday: Why They Make Tripods Like That

He’s exhausted from carrying that gun. It’s just about the heaviest MMG ever conceived, and the tripod’s no lightweight either.

Waffen-SS soldier manning a Czech ZB-37 machine gun on its tripod. Note that the articulated tripod legs have been put to good use mounting the gun up on a large rock that offers some [...]

Vintage Saturday: Mitrailleuses

Trigger discipline in WWI wasn’t the treated the way it is today.

From left to right, a 1914 Hotchkiss, a captured German MG08, and a 1907 St. Etienne.

Vintage Saturday: Second-Rate Spoils

After the war is over these will become pretty valuable, right?

German troops with captured Mosin Nagant rifles (and one SVT-40).

Vintage Saturday: Legs and Wheels

Looking sharp for the photographer!

Imperial Russian gun crew with a 1905 Maxim on an early Sokolov tripod mount.

Vintage Saturday: Crew-Served

Once the photo session is over, someone’s going to have to go find a booster for the gun (photo from Drake Goodman – click to enlarge)

German WWI Landwehr unit posing with an MG08.