Austrian prisoners in Murmansk, 1916
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Austrian Prisoners

October 29, 2016 Ian McCollum 40

This photo is an original color picture, not a modern colorization – taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer of color photography. Also of interest, note that the Russian guard on the far left is […]

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Weapons of the Spanish Civil War

October 4, 2016 Ian McCollum 31

The Spanish Civil War is a relatively un-remembered conflict here in the US, but it is a fascinating event for firearms enthusiasts because of the huge variety of arms used. Both sides were supplied by […]

Select-fire Rifles

Kalashnikov vs Sturmgewehr

September 17, 2016 Ian McCollum 86

The German Sturmgewehr and the Soviet Kalashnikov are widely and rightly considered the two most influential and iconic of the modern military rifles. While the German rifle certainly influenced the Soviet design, the two were […]

The kit of a French Private Soldier in the Battle of Verdun, 1916
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World War One Soldiers’ Loadouts

July 5, 2016 Ian McCollum 47

A reader sent me a link to a pretty cool image gallery showing the basic clothing and equipment of five different major combatant powers from mid-WWI. I have re-uploaded the individual photos in case the […]

Finnish red guard militia members posing for the camera some time during the civil war.
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Finnish Militia

March 26, 2016 Ian McCollum 46

The woman at the front right has a Winchester 1895, almost certainly of Russian contract origin in 7.62x54R. The others appear to have Type 30 Arisaka rifles, which would have been sold to Russia by […]