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Viet Cong 1911 Copy

October 31, 2012 Ian McCollum 23

In recognition of Halloween, we have a pistol that would be genuinely frightening to shoot, straight from the jungle shops of the Vietnam War. Made out of desperation and a lack of factory-produced arms, a […]

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Select-fire Rifles

German Magazine Mistake

October 30, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

A piece of unusual trivia today. Magazines for the German StG44 were marked with the rifle’s designation in addition to the manufacturer’s code. Well, the gun started out life as the MP43 in 1943, and […]

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Flare gun

Manville Gas Gun Video

October 29, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

Charles Manville developed this weapon in the 1930s as a riot control tool, and they were built in 12ga, 25mm, and 37mm. We should point out that the 12ga version was for tear gas rounds […]

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Aircraft MGs

Hotchkiss Aerial Gun

October 26, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

We came across an interesting manual (in English, as a bonus!) for a variety of Hotchkiss machine gun which we have very little information on. It’s an aircraft gun, intended for use by the observer […]

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Book review

Book Review: Veteran Bring Backs

October 25, 2012 Ian McCollum 4

The book (pair of books, actually) we’re looking at today is a bit less rigorous than our usual material, and more humanistic. It’s a pair of books entitled Veteran Bring Backs and Veteran Bring Backs […]

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Select-fire Rifles

Italian Cei-Rigotti self-loader

October 24, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

We have blogged about the Cei-Rigotti before, but I figured I’d do a re-cap on it, considering the new information we’ve found on its caliber. I’ve also uploaded a gallery of photos of the rifle […]

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The Importance of Primary Sources

October 23, 2012 Ian McCollum 13

One of the problems when trying to learn about rare and unusual firearms (rare and unusual anything, actually) is the lack of primary source material. In other word, information about the gun written by someone […]

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Submachine Guns

Reising M55 SMG Video

October 22, 2012 Ian McCollum 8

The Reising series are some of the forgotten weapons the were formally adopted by the US military and used during WWII without getting much attention today, being overshadowed by the Thompson and M3 Grease Gun. […]