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Astra Model 900

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The Astra 900 was a pistol developed to take advantage of a large Chinese demand for semiauto pistols with shoulder stocks, following on the massive sales of the Mauser C96 “Broomhandle” in that country. In the 1920s and 30s, civil war in China drove a huge market in arms, but international treaty had prohibited […]

Chinese Type 56 Milled AK

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One of the most common types of AK rifle in existence today is the Chinese Type 56 in its several variations, although very few of those rifles are in the United States in authentic full-auto form. This particular one was captured by a US soldier in the Vietnam War, who brought it back and […]

North China Type 30

When the Japanese invasion of China intensified in 1937, Imperial reliance on Chinese puppet troops for duties like garrisoning cities. Before long an estimated 500,000-900,000 such men were under the command of the Japanese, in both militia and regular army units. These men had to be armed, and Japanese domestic production of Type 38 (and […]

Bernardon-Martin 1909 Pistol in a Chinese Museum

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Note: I’m slipping! I initially identified this as one of the mystery Chinese pistols, having not recognized it as a Bernardon-Martin. A bunch of folks in the comments did, though, and I have corrected the post.

A reader named Liliang sent me these photos of a pistol from a Chinese museum (the specific museum or […]

Greener MkIII Police in a 2-Gun Shotgun Match (Video)

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Every few years, there is a special 2-Gun match at my local club, using shotgun and pistol instead of rifle and pistol. The rules of this match are a bit different than most multigun competition that uses shotgun, in an attempt to make the competition more practical and realistic, and less of simple a speedloading […]

Mauser “Schnellfeuer”, or Model 712 Machine Pistol

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The Schnellfeuer, or Model 712, was Mauser’s answer to the Spanish production of selective fire C96 lookalikes. Just over 100,000 of these pistols were made by Mauser in the 1930s, mostly going to China (although some did see use in other countries, and also with the SS). They use 10- and 20-round detachable magazines, […]

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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Vintage Saturday: Liberator

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Chinese man with a Liberator pistol. Source: The Liberator Pistol by Ralph Hagan

Photo taken by John Brunner outside OSS headquarters in Kunming, 1945.

The Ubiquitous RPG-7 (Video)

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The RPG-7 is pretty far from being a forgotten weapon, but I was not going to pass up an opportunity to take a closer look at a live one. This example is one of the few live and registered RPGs in the US, and it belongs to Movie Gun Services (if you saw Black Hawk […]

Inside a Chinese Mystery Pistol

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I recently did some horse trading with Chuck at GunLab, and he ended up with a couple of my Chinese Mystery Pistols. Today, he pulls one apart to look at the insides…and it’s not a pretty sight. Have a look:

GunLab: Chinese Pistol