You may recognize Andrew Burgess from guns like the Burgess folding shotgun and the 1883 Colt-Burgess lever action rifle…but you probably don’t know him for his semiauto handgun designs. Until recently, I had not even […]
In the aftermath of their rejection in the US 1907 pistol trials, Joseph White and Samuel Merrill continued working on handgun designs. In 1911, Merrill wrote to the Ordnance Department to inquire about whether they […]
Didn’t the russians use gatling guns in the eastern front (among every type of artillery they have in their fortress) or i’m totally wrong ? I’m not even sure if they use that thing in the 1905 russo-japanese war.
Arkansas State University Museum, for some odd reason, has several weld-demill Colt and Marlin Potato diggers. I’ve often wondered how they came into possession of so many of the (basically) same model rare, obscure MG, when the balance of their MG collection only consists of a couple Thompsons.
I notice there aren’t any body parts, or uniform bits visible but I do see one M91 Mosin-Nagant rifle in the upper right and what looks like the front half of another on the far right. Just off hand this looks to me like a “toss the enemy stuff over there for the assistant S-2 to look at, if the REMF ever shows up” pile. Such piles are created by the winning side after a firefight for nominal intelligence value and to ensure your platoon gets full credit for weapons captured. Of course some small items of no possible intelligence value (Pistols, Knives, Cash money, Alcoholic beverages and such like.) have been retained by the platoon to be used in the Advancement of The Great Cause.
I visited the Military Vehicle Technology Museum last weekend (the late Jacques Littlefield’s tank collection); they have just finished cutting up dozens — maybe a hundred — machine guns that were mounted on vehicles, and welding up the breech blocks on some of the tanks. The tour guide told us (though he may have been biased) that the ATFE and the Foundation had dickered back and forth for several months, but in the end the AFTE won. I suspect many of the guns were found to be deact/demill to wierd, old, or foreign standards — simple plug in the bore, or something. In any case, a sad sight: a huge pile of torch-cut guns, mostly M2HBs, on the shop floor.
I remember reading that Littlefield himself had a high-level FFL permit, for cannons, machine guns, destructive devises etc.; my suspicion is that his family and/or the Foundation didn’t realize what they would need to do to keep the collection’s guns un-molested/legal. After he died, most of the staff were laid off, and only a few rehired recently to get the collection in shape for the upcoming auction and transfer.
So if you can make it to the museum (only open for a few more weeks), yes, a very sad sight for collectors.
Moral of the story: firearms can make a complicated estate