In the pantheon of early 20th century semi-automatic military pistols, the greats are universally agreed upon. The Colt 1911 and Browning Hi Power are considered tops by many. Add in the Walther P-38 and of course the famous Makarov from the former USSR.
Yet, what pistol is missing from those ranks? How about the Sig P210? The Swiss-made pistol, according to…Continue
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The Thompson submachine gun is a true classic in small arms. It is an icon of gangsters and GIs alike. The standard Thompson went through a series of modfications during its service life. The Tommy Gun, as standard, was chambered in .45 ACP (outside of some British multi-caliber efforts like 9mm and .30 Mauser,) except for an attempt by Thompson engineers to create a light…Continue
Historically the sniper has been portrayed as a lone wolf, edgy and odd, living on the periphery of battle and comradeship. Able to calmly remove another human being from the ranks of the living with one shot. Yet for each war there have been heroes, snipers whose skills transcend the nagging stereotypes.
One such example, Sgt. H.A. Marshall, a Canadian…Continue
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The modern battlefield has a diverse variety of crew-served weapons, from machine guns to grenade launchers. Its the latter category, exemplified by the AGS-17 and MK-19, that have a lineage going back decades, including to a weapon of a different class but many similarities.
The Rheinmetall MK-108 was a 30mm German aircraft cannon that was a marvel of compact…Continue
Last week I profiled the M1897 Trench Broom, the American combat shotgun of World War I. In dusting off my war-time shotgun knowledge I happened upon a forgotten "survival" shotgun/rifle hybrid of the Luftwaffe.
The M30 Luftwaffe Drilling (variation on the German 'triple') started out as a game keeper's gun. Those early weapons combined a double barreled shotgun…
When the Winchester M97/17 shotgun arrived in Europe in the hands of 'Doughboys,' the Germans were livid. The Kaiser's military forces found the idea of a 12 gauge shotgun so deplorable in combat, they tried to have it outlawed as inhumane.
But at the end of the day, the Winchester is just a pump action shotgun...brutal and effective then as now. The M97 was…Continue
In western New York state, the Eastman Kodak Company was once corporate king. The one time film giant has shrunk in the digital age. It was the heart and soul of the working class city of Rochester, NY. However, did you know the company famous for Kodachrome film was also the World War II contractor for a secret handgrenade of the OSS?
As part of a the vast…Continue
The M-1 Carbine was a mainstay in American armories through World War II and into the 1950s. The .30 caliber round, not quite a pistol caliber and definitely not a rifle, provided U.S. troops a light, easy to handle and reliable magazine fed weapon. Its designer, David Williams, is considered the father of the light carbine. Elements such as the short stroke piston were…Continue
When Coast Guard Gunner's Mate James Sieg started thinking about small-arms, his ideas were definitely ambitious and unconventional. Sieg you see created the American bull-pup rifle that showed promise as a contendor for the U.S. first line rifle post-World War II.
A typical gas operated rifle, with expanding propellant piped off the barrel and against an…Continue
Japan was on the brink of defeat. Last ditch defenses were being prepared. The Emperor would not let his island nation fall easily. They, the Japanese people, would fight to the last man, woman and child. Facing astounding odds in combat and unprecedented fortification efforts, the United States faced an invasion of Japan with much trepidation.
To break these…Continue
Modern American jet aircraft and some helicopters have been armed with the ancestor of the Gatling gun. Multiple barrels, spun at high rates of speed allowed the feeding and firing of ammunition at astounding rates. The Vulcan aircraft gun and its siblings fire at 8,000 to 9,000 rounds per minute, and relied not on gas or recoil to operate. The blistering volume of fire has…Continue
If you've seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, you've seen the Villar-Perosa submachine gun. When the Jones boys take to the air and inadvertently shoot off the tail of their bi-plane, they do so with a Villar-Perosa submachine gun mounted in the plane.
The two barreled weapon, compact, odd and flimsy looking, was in fact considered one of…Continue
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The German weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch is world renowned for their robust and reliable line of handguns, submachine guns, sniper and combat rifles. During the post-war decades, H&K rose to prominence because of its successful and ubiquitous MP-5 and G-3 series, 9mm and 7.62mm respectively.