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Vintage Friday: Russians

The fixed bayonets are not a common sight… (photo from WarAlbum.ru)

Russian troops with SVT-40 rifles in a particularly photogenic framing. My book review planned for today isn’t quite done yet, so I’m changing up the schedule a bit.

A Rifle of Many Travels

I was visiting a friend recently (James, who runs Tombstone Territorial Firearms, which you should definitely visit if you are ever in Tombstone – it’s a remarkably well-stocked shop), and he had pulled out a particular beat-up old rifle that he though I would find interesting. I definitely did – and grabbed some photos to [...]

Vintage Saturday: War Photographer

The parka is probably his most valuable possession.

Waffen-SS soldier in Russia with a camera, hand grenade, and captured Russian PPSh submachine gun.

Vintage Saturday: Child Labor

Child labor practices get less stringent when the Nazis are next door.

PPD-40 submachine guns being assembled by young girls.

Vintage Saturday: Yer Doin’ It Rong

None of you has loaded one of these before, have you?

Waffen SS soldiers investigating a captured (and disassembled) DP-28 LMG pan magazine.

Vintage Saturday: Second-Rate Spoils

After the war is over these will become pretty valuable, right?

German troops with captured Mosin Nagant rifles (and one SVT-40).

Vintage Saturday: Legs and Wheels

Looking sharp for the photographer!

Imperial Russian gun crew with a 1905 Maxim on an early Sokolov tripod mount.

2-Gun Action Match: Mosin & Nagant vs Trapdoor & SAA

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No vintage photo today – instead I have a vintage rifle match! I’ve had had a bunch of people asking to see a Mosin-Nagant in one of these matches, and decided to oblige – but with a twist. I coupled a Westinghouse M91 with an 1895 Nagant revolver, and went up against Karl, who was [...]

Vintage Saturday: Assorted Machine Guns

Variety is the spice of life.

An assortment of machine guns from the Russian civil war. Pretty much one of everything in there – a Russian 1905 Maxim, German MG08, Austrian Schwarzlose 07/12, Colt 1895 “Potato Digger”, M1915 Chauchat, Madsen LMG, and a Lewis gun way in the back. Thanks to Paul Scarlata for [...]

Slow Motion: PKM Machine Gun

The PKM is not exactly a forgotten weapon, but it is a very cool one, and I had the chance to do some 2000 fps video footage of one not long ago: