Our book today isn’t particularly flashy or exciting, but it is a solid piece of research. It is Astra Automatic Pistols by Leonardo Antaris – and the subject is pretty self-explanatory. Antaris follow a simply and effective layout, with the book divided into chapters on each model of pistol (made very neat by Astra’s simple [...]
Maxim-Tokarev machine gun in action at the Battle of Teruel
Reader Ruy has sent us this great photo of a very unusual gun in action in the Spanish Civil War – a Maxim-Tokarev “light” machine gun.
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Back at the beginning of the 20th century, Spain had a significant number of relatively small gunmaking shops throughout its northern Basque area. The area has been known for its metalworking resources and prowess for literally two thousand years, and it is little surprise that firearms manufacture would thrive there. In addition, a loophole in [...]
Maybe it’s just me, but I always get a kick out of really over-the-top vintage advertising. I think that we can agree that the Astra 900 series is (and always has been) a nifty family of hand cannons. Chambered for 9mm Bergman, 9mm Luger or .30 Mauser and firing full auto from detachable magazines, it [...]