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Vintage Saturday: Pipe-Smoking Snakes

Mais fácil à uma cobra um cachimbo fumar, do que à FEB (para a Frente) embarcar

Troops from the BEF (Força Expedicionária Brasileira) posing for the camera, with 1908 Mauser rifles and a Hotchkiss 1922 LMG both in 7mm Mauser.

Semiauto Madsen LMG Video

The Madsen light machine gun is note-worthy for several reasons – it was the first military-issue light machine gun developed and it was successful enough to remain in production into the 1950s (long after every WWI-era machine gun was long out of production). It was also one of the most usual machine gun mechanisms ever [...]

Brazilian LAPA FA Modelo 03

Today we have another article by Ronaldo Olive, reprinted with his permission. This was originally published in Jane’s Defense Weekly in 1984, when the LAPA FA-03 was still more or less in prototype phase – bullpup rifles have become more widely accepted since then. Unfortunately for LAPA, the Modelo 03 was not accepted for military [...]

Vintage Saturday: Parade Gear

“But Sarge, how do I reload this thing?”“Eh, we’ll stick Garcia on the back of the bike to do it”

Motorcycle of the Guanabara Police Department, sporting a Hotchkiss 1914 heavy machine gun. Rio de Janeiro, 1960. Thanks to Ronaldo Olive for the photo!

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Brazil’s Uru SMG

Rough, Rugged, Reliable!

by Ronaldo Olive

(originally published in Harris Publications’ FULL AUTO magazine)

Think of a World War II military Jeep for a moment. Okay? Now,, what have you got in your mind?I can bet it is ideas such as simplicity, ruggedness, and reliability. Good looks? No way, unless you are a weirdo in [...]

Brazilian INA M953 Submachine Gun

We’re happy to have another article by Ronaldo Olive today (reprinted with his permission – and originally found in Harris Publications’ SPECIAL WEAPONS FOR MILITARY & POLICE, 1991) – this time on the INA 953, Brazil’s domestic variant of the Madsen submachine gun. Many folks don’t recognize the great amount of interest weapons history and [...]

Madsens and Mystery Rifles with the Rio Police

We have a couple cool items from Ronaldo Olive today. In response to some comments on the Brazilian PASAM Mauser pistols, he sent over these photos of the Rio de Janeiro military police with Madsen light machine guns:

 

These Madsens came from the Brazilian Army, and were converted from 7×57 Mauser to 7.62 [...]

Brazilian PASAM Machine Pistol

We’re happy to have another guest article for you today, this time written by Ronaldo Olive of Brazil. This was originally printed in Combat Handguns in the 1980s, and we’re reprinting it with Ronaldo’s permission – thanks, Ronaldo! Folks looking for Portuguese-language reference books should definitely check out the several ebooks Ronaldo has available on [...]

Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon tests

Today we have a copy of an official US testing report on the Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon (a 37mm / 1.5″ model). The testing was carried out between September 1876 and February 1877 at Sandy Hook in New York the several officers of the Ordnance Board.

In total, 1,136 rounds were fired from the gun with [...]