Prototype

General Liu’s Prototype Rifle (Video)

November 28, 2016 Ian McCollum 24

The General Liu rifle (named for its designer – it never received an official designation that we know of) was China’s closest approach to an indigenous self-loading infantry rifle before World War II. Mechanically it […]

Semiauto pistol

Astra Model 900

September 28, 2016 Ian McCollum 14

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 […]

Select-fire Rifles

Chinese Type 56 Milled AK

September 23, 2016 Ian McCollum 36

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 […]

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Bolt Action Rifles

North China Type 30

July 26, 2016 Ian McCollum 21

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 […]