Armed with a Trapdoor Springfield – with fixed spike bayonet – and a long-barreled Colt Single Action Army. Dated 1890s – back when “labor dispute” meant more guns and fewer negotiators than it does today. […]
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 […]
Good to see a photograph of the man himself. I’ve noticed that while there are nearly always a lot of available photographs of a given model of firearm and its presence on the battlefield or in the hands of end users, candid photographs of firearms designers — save a small handful — are much less common. How many people know what Dieudonne Saive (FN FAL), Ernest Vervier (FN MAG), Boris Shpitalny and Irinarkh Komaritsky (ShKAS MG’s and automatic cannon), or M.Y. Beresin (BS/UBS/UBK/UBT aircraft MG’s) looked like? The focus is constantly on the gun and its history, but without the human element little of it would exist.
Big Al, thanks for providing this excellent archival video — nice to see a brief but important bit of modern history preserved on film, even if it is obviously seen only from the American point of view (given that it was produced by the Department Of The Army) at a time when the world was basically divided into two opposing ideological camps.
The second fade-in scene at the very beginning of the film is really interesting because it shows another long-forgotten weapon in action — the U.S. Army’s 280mm gun-howitzer test firing one of the earliest tactical nuclear devices ever conceived, a miniaturized low-yield nuclear warhead designed specifically for front-line battlefield artillery use.
you have just reminded me about reference with the translation of Mendeleev’s paper about smokeless powder
here’s a link which works outside the US too(Google scans were blocked outside the US, I had to mess around with us based proxies to download them).
Good find — thanks very much! Nevertheless, the point remains that candid photographs and in-depth bibliographies of the real “men behind the machines” are still relatively rare. The history of any firearm is not truly complete without the history of the designers and manufacturers who engendered it.