Single Shot Rifles

RIA: Warner Carbine

September 8, 2015 Ian McCollum 8

The Warner carbine was another of the weapons used in small numbers by the Union cavalry during the Civil War. It is a pivoting breechblock action built on a brass frame. These carbines were made […]

Anti-Tank Rifles

RIA: Granatbuchse GrB-39 Antitank Rifle

August 29, 2015 Ian McCollum 24

Like most countries, Germany had a standard-issue antitank rifle when World War II began – the Panzerbuchse 39. It fired an 8x94mm cartridge with a small very high velocity armor-piercing bullet. And like the other […]

Anti-Tank Rifles

RIA: 1918 German Tank Gewehr

August 23, 2015 Ian McCollum 35

Germany was the first country to produce a purpose-built antitank rifle, in response to the major Entente tank attack at Cambrai. The design was pretty simple, basically a scaled-up Mauser 98 with 4 locking lugs […]

Paper cartridge

RIA: Lindner Carbine

August 20, 2015 Ian McCollum 10

The Lindner carbine was an early US cavalry carbine used during the Civil War. Unlike the many metallic cartridge firing carbines that would follow, it was a breechloader that used .58 caliber paper cartridges. An […]

Father (Grandfather?) and Son in Afghanistan with a Martini and an SMLE
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Father and Son

July 18, 2015 Ian McCollum 29

One day the boy will inherit the SMLE, and probably go on fighting whichever country has decided to occupy Afghanistan by that time. Maybe it will be China? They haven’t taken a turn yet. Having […]

Bolt Action Rifles

Palmer Carbine at RIA

June 21, 2015 Ian McCollum 10

The Palmer carbine was the first bolt action firearm adopted by the US military – it was a single shot rimfire carbine patented in 1863 and sold to the US cavalry in 1865. The guns […]

Single Shot Rifles

Joslyn M1862 and M1864 Carbines at RIA

June 16, 2015 Ian McCollum 37

While US infantry forces during the Civil War had only limited access to the newest rifle technology, cavalry units adopted a wide variety of new carbines in significant numbers. Among these were a design by […]

Bolt Action Rifles

Japanese Type 18 Murata at RIA

June 14, 2015 Ian McCollum 18

The Murata was Japan’s first domestic manufactured military rifle. In its first iteration, it was an 11mm, single shot, black powder weapon and was adopted in 1880 (the Type 13). Before long, some problems in […]