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