The U.S. Army Wants a More Powerful Rifle
On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Army officially asked industry for information on a new 7.62-by-51-millimeter rifle. The request signals the Army’s intention to begin moving away from the 5.56-by-45-millimeter M-16 and M-4 that have been the ground-combat branch’s main firearms for generations. The Army’s RFI comes hot on... Read more
La pistola que empezó la Primera Guerra Mundial
Posiblemente sea la muerte del archiduque austrohúngaro Franz Ferdinand a manos de Gavrilo Princip uno de los asesinatos más conocidos de la historia. Catalizó las disputas marciales, burocráticas y políticas que condujeron a la Primera Guerra Mundial. Por lo tanto, la pistola que Princip utilizó para matar a Ferdinand,... Read more
The DOE Colt Was for Nuke-Plant Guards
Often described as the “DOE Colt,” after a 1980s U.S. Department of Energy contract for submachine guns, the R0633 is a nine-by-19-millimeter submachine gun based on the M-16. Colt employees referred to the R0633 as a “briefcase gun.” The DOE Colt is select-fire, with a three-position selector switch. It’s... Read more
Nobody Wanted the Super-Short M-16K
Tim La France’s company La France Specialties developed the M-16K in the early 1980s. This carbine had a 21-centimeter-long barrel and an overall length of 60 centimeters with its stock collapsed. La France meant the extremely compact M16K “for situations where a full-power rifle is desirable, but a smaller... Read more
Savage Couldn’t Beat Colt’s M1911
Even though it lost out to Colt’s M1911, the Savage Model 1907 was undoubtedly one of the finest commercial pistols of its day — well-designed, finely-manufactured and revolutionary in many respects. In the early 1900s, Elbert Searle of Philadelphia began working on a series of semi-automatic pistol designs. He... Read more
The Gun That Started World War I
Gavrilo Princip’s killing of Austria-Hungary’s archduke Franz Ferdinand is perhaps one of history’s best known assassinations. It catalysed the political, bureaucratic and martial wranglings that led to World War I. The gun Princip used to kill Ferdinand — an FN-Browning M1910 — is therefore one of history’s most significant... Read more
Aimo Johannes Lahti Personally Rearmed Finland
Between 1922 and 1940, Aimo Johannes Lahti designed some of Finland’s best small arms, including pistols, submachine guns, machine guns and anti-tank guns. Until the end of World War I, Finland had been an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire and, as such, relied on Russian small arms. The Mosin-Nagant... Read more
As World War I Loomed, the British Army Finally Took Its Machine Guns Off Carriages
In the photograph above, the machine-gun section of the 8th Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) poses with its machine guns. In that photograph, the Machine Gun, Maxim, Mk.I is mounted on a carriage while, in the photo below, it’s on a tripod and deployed in a trench during a field... Read more
An Egyptian Copy of a Swedish Gun Became an Assassin’s Weapon
In the early 1950s the Egyptian government acquired the production license and manufacturing equipment and plans for the Swedish m/45 submachine gun — the “Swedish K.” The state-owned Carl Gustaf factory had developed the m/45, a blowback submachine gun chambered in nine-by-19-millimeter, in 1944 and ’45. The Egyptian ministry... Read more
La ametralladora MG3 de Alemania resulta insustituible
Alemania Occidental se convirtió en miembro de la OTAN en mayo de 1955. Seis meses después su ejército se convirtió en la Bundeswehr (Fuerza de Defensa Federal de Alemania). A finales de los años 1950 y principios de los años 1960, la Bundeswehr inició un importante programa de rearme.... Read more
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