Mannlicher

Mannlicher 1901 & 1905 Pistols (Video)

March 3, 2017 Ian McCollum 24

The Model 1901 and 1905 automatic pistols were the final development of the Mannlicher system. In this iteration they used internal magazines, a straight walled 7.65mm cartridge, and a delayed blowback system in which the […]

Mannlicher

Mannlicher Model 1896 Pistols

March 1, 2017 Ian McCollum 5

With the Model 1896 pistol, Ferdinand Mannlicher made an effort to improve the ballistics of his pistols and make them less awkward, by moving to a locked breech action and a bottlenecked higher velocity cartridge. […]

Antiques

Mannlicher Model 1894 Pistols

February 26, 2017 Ian McCollum 4

The Mannlicher Model 1894 was one of the first successful semiauto pistol designs, and used a very unusual blow forward action. Instead of having a moving slide, the bullet would actually pull the barrel forward […]

Single Shot Rifles

1867 Werndl (Video)

January 29, 2017 Ian McCollum 17

The first new breech-loading cartridge rifle adopted by the Austro-Hungarian military was the Model 1867 Werndl, firing the 11x42R black powder cartridge. It used an interesting rotating breech locking system, and replaced the Lorenz muzzleloading […]

Prototype

Frommer 1901 Pistol (Video)

November 26, 2016 Ian McCollum 19

Rudolf Frommer was a self-taught engineer and firearms designer who worked his way up through the FEG concern in Budapest to eventually hold the position of CEO. During this time he developed a series of […]

Austrian prisoners in Murmansk, 1916
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Austrian Prisoners

October 29, 2016 Ian McCollum 40

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 […]