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Vintage Saturday: 2.95″ Vickers Mountain Gun

His machete is nearly as big as the cannon…

An American crew with a Vickers Sons & Maxim 2.95″ Mountain Gun in the Philippines. These were pressed into service against the Japanese as late as WWII…

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ABC’s of Machine Guns

Here’s another neat manual – A.B.C du Mitrailleu – the ABCs of Machine Guns. This was published in 1917 (the fifth edition, anyway) in French, and does a nice job showing all the most useful information on each of the major mounted machine guns being used at the time. It includes the MG08 Maxim, 1909 [...]

Model 1917 Machine Gun Cart

Are you looking for a good gift for the gun nut in your life who already has everything? Or perhaps you are the gun nut with everything, and you need a new project to undertake? Well, we have just the thing. It’s cool, useful (assuming you have a water-cooled HMG and a horse), historically interesting, [...]

Book Review: A Rifleman Went to War

Herbert McBride was a American who grew up learning to shoot from Civil War veterans and some of the big names of the American West, like Bat Masterson. He had a taste for adventure, and spent time scouting for railroads and searching for gold in Alaska. He had tried to ship out to South [...]

Vickers Class F Manual

After the conclusion of World War One, the RAF was looking for a replacement for the Lewis for an observer’s gun in aircraft use. The Lewis had reliability issues, and was not a particularly fast-firing gun, and a high rate of fire was essential for effective aircraft use. In response, the Vickers company developed the [...]

Vickers Mk VI 8″ Howitzer manual

Today’s gun is a bit larger than before – I want to take a quick jaunt back to artillery. We have a pretty thorough operations manual for the Vickers Mk VI 8″ howitzer. This piece dates from 1917, where it was developed to replace earlier 8″ guns made from shortened naval gun barrels.

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