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Colt Model 1909 Automatic at RIA

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A while back I put together a video on the development of the Colt/Browning 1911 pistol, and one of the missing links in that video was the Model 1909. Well, one of the 23 Model 1909 pistols is up for sale in this next Rock Island auction, so I took the opportunity to look at […]

FP-45 Liberator at RIA

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The Liberator is one of those interesting artifacts of WWII; an extremely simple single-shot .45 caliber pistol made by the boxcar-load (a million, specifically) with the intention of being dropped en masse across Europe to promote civilian sabotage against German occupation forces. They were manufactured by the Guide Lamp division of GM in record time […]

Q&A Video, November 2015

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Thanks to the awesome people supporting Forgotten Weapons through Patreon for sending in more questions that I could get to for another month!

This month the subjects include:

Browning lock vs others in handguns Best modern weapon for WWI Turret revolvers Affordable “forgotten weapons” Welrod pistol C&R rifle parts sources WWII souvenir? Finnish firearms […]

M1 Thumb in Slow Motion (Ouch!)

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(Note: not for the mildly squeamish)

A blog reader on Reddit named Oelund sent me this footage, of him deliberately inflicting M1 Thumb on himself at 1200 fps (twice!). I figured that ought to be reposted…I certainly have no intention of redoing the footage with my Edgertronic!


Refresher: US 1907 Pistol Trials Report

Savage 1907 in .45 ACP

I have a couple videos coming up on pistols from the trials that eventually led to the adoption of the 1911, so today is a refresher from a couple years back when I posted a copy of the official trials report from the 1907 testing…

When the US began its engagement in the Philippines at […]

Firing a 10-Bore Flintlock Rifle (Video)

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A while back I had the opportunity to hit the range with Mike Carrick, Q&A Editor for Arms Heritage Magazine (a very cool magazine, by the way). The main purpose of the trip was to work with a reproduction Ferguson rifle, but Mike also brought along his hunting rifle. Well, one of them. Specifically, a […]

High Standard 10B (Video)

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The High Standard Model 10A and 10B were a pair of bullpup police shotguns produced for about 10 years in the late 1960s and 1970s. They were built around a regular High Standard semiautomatic shotgun action, which was put into a plastic chassis to give it a bullpup configuration. They were chambered for 12 gauge, […]

Vintage Saturday: Liberator

Chinese man with a Liberator pistol

Chinese man with a Liberator pistol. Source: The Liberator Pistol by Ralph Hagan

Photo taken by John Brunner outside OSS headquarters in Kunming, 1945.

Slow Motion: .276 Pedersen Rifle (Video)


I have assembled all the slow motion footage from my Pedersen shooting session into its own standalone video, for the folks who are interested. This does also include a malfunction that we caught on camera that was not in the full-length video.

(You can see my full video on this rifle here)


Interview: Gabe Suarez on the History of Police Armament

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Gabe Suarez is a firearms trainer and former police SWAT officer whose experience in the field dates back to the mid 1980s. While I was taking a rifle class from him, I figured it would be a good opportunity to get some thoughts on the changes to police armaments over the past few decades…