I recently got an email from Clément, asking about the choices Israel has made in small arms for the IDF. Why did they switch from the FAL to the Galil? And then why take M16s to replace the Galil? Isn’t the Galil a more reliable rifle, and what was wrong with the FAL in the [...]
The grandfather of today’s super-tactical recon dune buggies.
British soldiers with a Lewis-gun-armed truck in Palestine. Photo courtesy of reader Ruy A. Thanks, Ruy!
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The Israeli Dror is most definitely a Forgotten Weapon, and one we are particularly interested in because of its interesting development history. The gun was adapted clandestinely from the US Johnson light machine gun, and the technical package was smuggled into the nascent Israeli state along with manufacturing tools bought for pennies on the US [...]
If you had to pick three countries to focus your gun collection on, which would they be? Yeah, this is the sort of thing I think about when I’m waiting in line or otherwise unoccupied. Some countries have a reputation for junky guns, some for intricate ones, some for practical ones, and so on. I [...]
Second pattern Dror in 8mm
Since we first learned of its existence we have been very interested in the Israeli Dror light machine gun. To us, it has all the elements of a fascinating piece of firearms history – design elements from many different places, underground manufacture, use by a guerrilla army, and so [...]
The Forgotten Weapons reference library has a lot of books in it, on a variety of topics. We have machine gun books, muzzleloader books, gunsmithing books, bayonet books, machining books, and more. But I think the one volume you would least expect to find in the collection is J.J. Goldberg and Elliot King’s Builders and [...]
I’ve always been interested in Israeli firearms, because that nation has had more need to actually use their arms in combat in the past 50 or 60 years than almost any other nation. Couple that with a relatively small military bureaucracy, and you get a very interesting insight into what works and what doesn’t.