The Vault

Charola-Anitua Photos

Recently a 7mm Charola-Anitua pistol showed up on GunBroker, with some pretty decent photos. I can’t afford to buy it, but I can afford to share the photos!

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¡No Pasarán!

I’ve been doing some reading a researching on the Spanish Civil War in preparation for an upcoming month that will be dedicated to that conflict and the arms involved in it (which include virtually everything in military use in the first half of the 20th century). One particularly interesting item just arrived last night:

Vintage Saturday: Militiawoman

I wonder what’s going on behind that knowing smile?

Spanish militiawoman during the Civil War, with a Mauser rifle and what appears to be an early Star pistol (model 1919 possibly?)

JoLoAr at the Range

I had the chance to take a .380 caliber JoLoAr pistol out to the range recently, and took the video camera along:

The JoLoAr pistol was a combination of a poor-selling and unremarkable Spanish blowback semiauto pistol called the Sharpshooter and an idea by a man named Jose Lopez Arnaiz (whose name is the [...]

Vintage Saturday: Captured

Note the distinctive palanca of the JoLoAr pistol being held on the captured Nationalist officer. Identity of the officer unknown, photo taken July 1938.

Antifascists holding a captured officer at gunpoint with a JoLoAr pistol during the Spanish Civil War.

Check back Monday for a video on the JoLoAr!

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Spanish Fusil M32 Sistema MR Manual

Thanks to reader Carlos in Spain, we have a manual on a very obscure Spanish self-loading rifle, the Sistema MR M1932, to share today. The only other information I have been able to find on this experimental design was a brief two-page document in an archive, and this manual sheds a lot more light on [...]

Bergmann-Mars 1903/1908 Pistol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmTtLyXf6Q4

The military breakthrough for Bergmann finally came in 1903 with a new locking system for the pistol, designed by Louis Schmeisser (who had also designed the previous Bergmann handguns). In 1901, Schmeisser developed the new lock, and it was patented by Bergmann (his employer) primarily for use on heavy machine guns. It was used [...]

Vintage Saturday: Premature Anti-Fascists

When the choice is Fascists or Communists, Astra machine pistol is a pretty good answer.

Canadian volunteers of the Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion in the Spanish Civil War, armed with with grenades and Mauser Schnellfeuer machine pistols or (more likely) Spanish-made copies thereof.

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Fighting Fair is Fighting Stupid

An excerpt from Guns on the Early Frontiers, on the subject of Spanish matchlock muskets in the colonial Americas:

In 1576, a Captain Solis, commander of the Garrison at San Felipe, in the vicinity of what had been the Port Royal of the French Huguenots, executed two Indians, one a chief. Also, Solis had demanded [...]

Getting That Last One…

No at matter how close you think you are, it seems that a proper gun collection can never really be complete. The closer you get to having a one of each necessary example of whatever theme you’re going for, the more rare and odd example you discover. There’s just always another variant or factory or [...]