German soldiers with captured American arms
Semiauto Rifles

Vintage Saturday: More Spoils

December 10, 2016 Ian McCollum 59

German soldiers with captured American small arms, circa 1944. The other guy’s stuff is always better than yours, right? Well, I would rather have an M1 than a K98k, but the Thompsons? No thanks. Interesting […]

Accessories

Nomar M1911 Magazine-Stock (Video)

December 7, 2016 Ian McCollum 23

In 1936, Lewis Nolan Nomar patented this device, which is basically a large 40-round magazine for the 1911 pistol. He envisioned a military use for the device in trench raiding, giving men a compact weapon […]

Prototype

Winchester’s Liberator Shotguns (Video)

December 3, 2016 Ian McCollum 46

In the early 1960s, an influential but little-known (today) firearms designer by the name of Robert Hillberg came up with an idea for a cheap-but-effective armament for the masses. With encouragement from DARPA, the Winchester […]

Revolving Rifles

Colt Paterson No.1 Carbine (Video)

November 30, 2016 Ian McCollum 13

Sam Colt’s very first work was done in Baltimore, but this ended fairly quickly, and it was with his subsequent move to Paterson New Jersey that the first true production Colt firearms were made. Colt […]

Prototype

General Liu’s Prototype Rifle (Video)

November 28, 2016 Ian McCollum 24

The General Liu rifle (named for its designer – it never received an official designation that we know of) was China’s closest approach to an indigenous self-loading infantry rifle before World War II. Mechanically it […]

Prototype

Colt Prototype “Zig-Zag” Root Revolvers (Video)

November 24, 2016 Ian McCollum 9

In the White: https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/69/1132 Blued: https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/69/1133 The 1855 “Root” pocket revolver was a reasonably successful design for the Colt company, although it was not the best mechanical design. The side hammer design used the cylinder […]