What the Hell Is This Weird 1958 Body Armor?


These photographs depict a Detroit police officer firing a 20-inch-barrel Winchester 1897 Riot Gun at someone wearing unusual protective armor. It certainly looks like something out of 1950s science fiction. The officer appears to put several shots into the... Read more

The U.S. Navy Wants to Deploy Its New Flattop Without Vital Testing


The U.S. Navy is trying to dodge its responsibility to conduct a critical test... Read more

The U.S. Military Just Attached a Laser Weapon to an Apache Gunship Hot


The thrust of the U.S. military’s laser weapon tests have focused on the sea, on... Read more

Bomb the Other Side of the Runway!


The Democratic Republic of Congo has seen next to no peace since its independence... Read more

Stopping Gangs Means Talking to Gang Members


Chicago’s gang problem is different in many ways from a full-scale counterinsurgency campaign, such... Read more
With the M203, the U.S. Finally Got a Decent Grenade-Launcher
In May 1963, the U.S. military asked industry to supply an underslung grenade launcher to complement the new AR-15...
As Chemical Accusations Flew, U.S. Spy Planes Gathered Off of Syria

As Chemical Accusations Flew, U.S. Spy Planes Gathered Off of Syria

Around the same time that the White House was warning that the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad...

The Golden Age of Firearm-Suppressors Dawned in 1909

The Golden Age of Firearm-Suppressors Dawned in 1909

The first viable firearm suppressors appeared at the turn of the 20th century. Between 1909 and 1920, designers patented...

Underwater Firearms Are a Thing, and Russia Is Really Into Them

Underwater Firearms Are a Thing, and Russia Is Really Into Them

This story originally appeared on Feb. 13, 2016. The Soviet Union began developing underwater guns nearly 50 years ago....

The U.S. Army’s Gun-Toting Space Soldiers

The U.S. Army’s Gun-Toting Space Soldiers

This story originally appeared on Nov. 9, 2015. In space, no one can hear you scream. But in the...

Soviet Docs Shed Light on the Red Army’s Booze-Fueled Nuclear Vacation in Cuba

Soviet Docs Shed Light on the Red Army’s Booze-Fueled Nuclear Vacation in Cuba

This story originally appeared on Dec. 18, 2013. The Cuban Missile Crisis is the closest we came to mutual...

This Tiny Greek Gunboat Had a Scary Amount of Firepower

This Tiny Greek Gunboat Had a Scary Amount of Firepower Hot

On July 20, 1974, around 3,000 Turkish soldiers supported by artillery, armored carriers and two dozen tanks hit the...

Alemania todavía quiere sus carros de combate Leopard

Alemania todavía quiere sus carros de combate Leopard

Alemania ha iniciado el proceso de modernización al último modelo, el Leopard 2A7V, de 103 carros de combate inoperativos...

What the Hell Is This Weird 1958 Body Armor?

What the Hell Is This Weird 1958 Body Armor?

These photographs depict a Detroit police officer firing a 20-inch-barrel Winchester 1897 Riot Gun at someone wearing unusual protective...

The U.S. Navy Wants to Deploy Its New Flattop Without Vital Testing

The U.S. Navy Wants to Deploy Its New Flattop Without Vital Testing

The U.S. Navy is trying to dodge its responsibility to conduct a critical test of its new, $13-billion aircraft...

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