Bolt Action Rifles

RIA: Pattern 1913 Enfield Trials Rifle

April 28, 2016 Ian McCollum 66

One of the lessons learned by the British military in the aftermath of the Boer War was that modern Mauser rifles were superior to their Lee-action rifles and carbines. In response, British ordnance began experimenting […]

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Bolt Action Rifles

Gun Deductions III

June 10, 2014 Ian McCollum 18

One of our European correspondents, Bart, sent over a couple photos of a rifle excavated recently at the Ypres battlefield, looking to confirm an identification. Since we know some of the history behind it by […]

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Semiauto pistol

Webley 1913 Naval Model (Video)

March 24, 2014 Ian McCollum 18

William John Whiting spent about 10 years trying to get the British military to adopt his automatic pistol, and finally achieved his goal in 1913 with a contract for pistols supplied to the British Royal […]

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Semiauto Rifles

Smith & Wesson Light Rifle (Video)

March 3, 2014 Ian McCollum 42

The Smith & Wesson 1940 Light Rifle is one of the spectacular failures of arms design, on several levels. It was too expensive, too heavy, too fragile (ironically, given the weight), too difficult to manipulate, […]

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Commentary

What I Didn’t Buy Last Weekend

February 25, 2014 Ian McCollum 18

So this past weekend was a Regional auction at the Rock Island Auction house, which I neglected to post about beforehand. The Regional auctions are the ones with typically lots of less valuable guns packaged […]

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Bolt Action Rifles

Bolt Action Systems

February 20, 2014 Ian McCollum 22

Thanks to Robert, we have a series of high-resolution scans showing cutaway diagrams of a bunch of the major bolt-action systems. Very cool to look at – thanks Robert!

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Heavy MGs

Vickers Cal .30 Parts List

January 31, 2014 Ian McCollum 15

Presented for general reference: An illustrated parts list for the .30-06 caliber Vickers machine gun and accessories. Complete with translations between English and American!

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Prototype

Andrews Machine Carbine

January 24, 2014 Ian McCollum 77

I’m flattered to say that we received another research question from the Pattern Room, and a bit dejected to say that once again it was something I couldn’t provide a good answer to. However, the […]