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Light MGs

Dutch Bren Manual

December 13, 2013 Ian McCollum 12

Dutch forces during and well after World War II used the excellent Bren LMG (and the Dutch Artillerie-Inrichtingen factory at Hembrug made Bren parts as well). So, it should come as no surprise that they would […]

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.577 caliber Tranter Revolver

December 4, 2013 Ian McCollum 39

William Tranter was a British gunmaker of some repute, although generally not remembered today. He was apprenticed to a gunsmith in 1830, at the age of 14, and by 1839 had left and opened his […]

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Patent drawings

Maxim-Silverman 1896 Pistol

October 2, 2013 Ian McCollum 35

We all know of Hiram Maxim for his groundbreaking work in machine gun development – but not many people are familiar with his automatic pistol designs. In fact, this is at least partly because the […]

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Biography: William John Whiting

September 6, 2013 Ian McCollum 16

Today is a continuation of an occasion series on the life stories of notable gun designers. I find it interesting to learn more about the men whose inventiveness and industriousness are responsible for the guns […]

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Bolt Action Rifles

RIA Premier Auction (Part II)

September 4, 2013 Ian McCollum 13

Continuing yesterday’s post, today I want to take a look at some of the long guns that jumped out at me while I was perusing the catalog for the RIA Premier Auction coming up in […]

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Book review

Book Review: Webley & Scott Automatic Pistols

August 29, 2013 Ian McCollum 9

Having previously read and quite enjoyed Gordon Bruce’ Evolution of Military Automatic Pistols, I was looking forward to checking out his much more in-depth volume on the Webley semiautos, appropriately titled Webley & Scott Automatic […]