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RIA: Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon Reproduction

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The Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon was developed in the 1870s as a competitor to the other manually-operated machine guns of the era, guns like the Gatling, Gardner, and Nordenfelt to name a few. What made the Hotchkiss stand out is that while the other guns were mostly built in rifle calibers, with larger options available, the […]

Heavy Machine Guns of the Western Front, WWI

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I have been really enjoying The Great War series on YouTube (a rolling weekly account of what happened in WWI this week 100 years ago), so I figured I ought to take advantage of an opportunity to look at several WWI heavy machine guns side by side. This is a video to give some […]

Vintage Saturday Correction: Spare a Light?

French officer with a Lebel rifle and barrel-mounted light

Long-time reader and commenter Eon took a closer look at yesterday’s photo and recognized what I had not – it isn’t a line-throwing rifle, it’s a light mounted under the barrel. His comment in full:

The “can” definitely has an electrical connection at its bottom rear. The double-stranded line from it leads to a switch […]

Vintage Saturday: Throw Me a Line!

French officer with a Lebel rifle and barrel-mounted light

French officer with a Lebel rifle converted to throw lines

Swiss Prototype Pistols: P44/8 and W+F Bern P43 (Video)

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Switzerland was an early adopter of the Luger pistol as a standard military sidearm, but by WWII that design was becoming obsolete and the Swiss began looking for a newer sidearm. Several lines of development were pursued, and we have examples of two of them here: the W+F Bern P43 and the SIG P44/8 (the […]

MAS 62 Testing Results

French MAS 62 trials rifle

Thanks to reader Thibaud, we have a translation of some of the testing results from the French military trial of the FN FAL and MAS Model 62. Thanks, Thibaud!

The documents tell us that the FA MAS 62 was tested along with the FN FAL, which was considered a benchmark. Here is the result […]

Vintage Saturday: Fusil d’Assaut

Very pleased with his captured rifle!

Very pleased with his captured rifle! Source: Histoire de Couleurs

A Chasseur à pied of the 19e Battalion on the road between Breteuil and Flers, Somme. 10th of April 1918. This Battalion had been on foot after heavy fighting in order to occupy the village of Grivesnes, South of Moreuil in France. The rifle […]

Chassepot Needle Rifle at RIA (Video)

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The Chassepot was the French answer to the Dreyse needle rifle, and also the only other needlefire rifle to see major military service. It was adopted in 1866 and served as a primary French infantry rifle until being replaced by the 1874 Gras rifle, which was basically a conversion of the Chassepot to use self-contained […]

Reffye Mitrailleuse (Video)

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The mitrailleuse was one of the early types of mechanical machine gun, along with the Gatling, Gardner, Nordenfelt, and others. “Mitrailleuse” is actually a general name for a volley gun – one with many barrels in a cluster, which are fired sequentially. The two most common types were the Montigny (a Belgian design fired by […]

Vintage Saturday: Antitank Rifle

German soldier with a captured Polish Maroszek wz.35 anti-tank rifle

Conquering France with Polish guns

German soldier in France with a captured Polish Maroszek wz.35 anti-tank rifle.