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Heavy MGs

Swedish Kulspruta m/36

June 15, 2012 Ian McCollum 5

The Swedish military started using the Browning machine gun design shortly after World War I, and chose it initially because its closed-bolt design made it simple to synchronize with an aircraft propeller. About 170 commercial […]

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Tour

Visit to FN Herstal

April 27, 2012 Ian McCollum 19

Forgotten Weapons is currently in the midst of a 3-week European tour, and yesterday we were very fortunate to be able to tour the facility at FN Herstal. For folks who aren’t familiar with the […]

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Heavy MGs

Model 1917 Machine Gun Cart

April 13, 2012 Ian McCollum 6

Are you looking for a good gift for the gun nut in your life who already has everything? Or perhaps you are the gun nut with everything, and you need a new project to undertake? […]

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Light MGs

FN Model D (BAR)

April 4, 2012 Ian McCollum 4

The FN Model D was the most fully developed variant of the venerable Browning Automatic Rifle. Introduced in 1932 by Fabrique Nationale (with whom Browning had collaborated extensively prior to his death in 1926), the […]

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Light MGs

French 1923 LMG Trials Report

March 21, 2012 Ian McCollum 2

In 1923, the French military held a light machine gun trial to choose a weapon to replace the CSRG Chauchat. The trials involved weapons evaluations both by an expert committee and by 9 regiments testing […]

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Patent drawings

Browning 1897 Rotating-Barrel Pistol

January 24, 2012 Ian McCollum 4

In 1897, John M. Browning was awarded four consecutive patents, which covered a big swath of possible automatic pistol designs. The one we’re looking at today (pointed out to me by Rufus at SHOT – […]

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Vintage photo

Vintage Saturday: Colt 1895 on a Cart

January 21, 2012 Ian McCollum 7

I’m having some trouble figuring out the expression on this soldier’s face…is he disdainful of the photographer? Or just tired of dragging the gun around? In any case, my experience taking machine guns to the […]