German soldier with a PPSh-41 submachine gun
Submachine Guns

Vintage Saturday: Cover

May 30, 2015 Ian McCollum 43

German soldier with a PPSh-41 submachine gun somewhere in Russia. Gotta be careful with those as a German; the drum magazine was a distinctively Russian feature and could lead to friendly fire incidents.

Burgess wood model
Semiauto pistol

Andrew Burgess’ Blow-Forward Pistols

May 29, 2015 Ian McCollum 24

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 […]

Semiauto Rifles

Slow Motion: Remington Model 8

May 28, 2015 Ian McCollum 15

This week’s slow motion footage is a Remington Model 8, in .300 Savage (when the .300 was offered in the Model 81, Remington offered a service rebarreling existing Model 8 rifles for the spiffy new […]

Semiauto Rifles

Scotti Model X Internals

May 21, 2015 Ian McCollum 46

I recently acquired a Scotti Model X rifle, so now we can have a set of internal photos of one (shooting and evaluation will be coming). This was one of the semiauto rifles trialed by […]

Manual machine guns

Reffye Mitrailleuse (Video)

May 20, 2015 Ian McCollum 40

The mitrailleuse was one of the early types of mechanical machine gun, along with the Gatling, Gardner, Nordenfelt, and others. “Mitrailleuse” is actually a general name for a volley gun – one with many barrels […]