The second-generation Sterling never got past the prototype stage by MATTHEW MOSS In 1965, the Sterling Armaments Company developed a new version of its successful submachine gun. The S11 represents the company’s effort to modernize the reliable Sterling submachine gun and compete with the new Heckler & Koch MP5. While George... Read more
A MiG-17 with a festive paint job in Madrid, Spain. Andrea photo via Flickr After weeks of clashes, war between the two nuclear powers seemed right around the corner by ROBERT FARLEY Americans tend to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis as the most dangerous moment in Cold War brinkmanship. Despite some tense... Read more
An Iraqi pilot with the MiG-25PD that Lt. Dawoud flew on the night of Jan. 17, 1991. A.T. photo via Tom Cooper MiG-25 flier Zuhair Dawoud exercised admirable discipline by TOM COOPER On the morning of Jan. 17, 1991 — the first night of Operation Desert Storm — the U.S. Navy suffered its first loss... Read more
The .32 ACP Owen Gun. Australian War Memorial photo The Owen Gun first appeared in .32 ACP by MATTHEW MOSS Australia’s Owen Machine Carbine was one of the most reliable and effective submachine guns of World War II. It’s not widely known that developer Evelyn Owen chambered an early prototype of the carbine in .32... Read more
The Bergmann pistol served Denmark for three decades by MATTHEW MOSS The Bergmann pistol belonged to a generation of early semi-automatic service sidearms that includes the C96, the Schwarzlose M1898, early Mannlicher pistols and the Luger P08. The pistol — named for industrialist Theodor Bergmann — certainly wasn’t the best in its class, mostly owing to... Read more
Thompson’s shotgun patent But the innovative weapon wasn’t meant to be by MATTHEW MOSS In May 1920, John T. Thompson — best known for his famous submachine gun — filed a patent protecting a semi-automatic, magazine-fed, double-barrel shotgun. But the weapon never got off the drawing board. Traditional double-barrel guns had two different chokes. The choke controls... Read more
All the Men and Women Who Marched to Their Deaths at Chernobyl
The meltdown of one of the four reactors of the massive nuclear power plant near the town of Chernobyl in northern Ukraine on April 26, 1986 was the result of badly flawed reactor design, sloppy construction and faulty emergency procedures. The meltdown and its consequences amount to the worst... Read more
An Israeli Merkava Mk. IV tank. IDF photo Boycotts forced Israel to adapt foreign tech and develop its own by ROBERT FARLEY Since 1948, the state of Israel has fielded a frighteningly effective military machine. Built on a foundation of pre-independence militias, supplied with cast-off World War II weapons, the Israel Defense... Read more
The T-148E1 grenade launcher. U.S. Army photo The U.S. Army hoped it would be a deadly hand cannon — but it wasn’t ready for combat by JOSEPH TREVITHICK In 1953, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Roy Rayle took up his new post at Springfield Armory. Best known for his work on the M-14 rifle... Read more
A reenactor roleplays as a Waffen S.S. soldier. Contando Estreles photo via Flickr In reality, there wasn’t much difference by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Spend enough time on military history forums or keep up with battlefield reenactors, and you will surely notice a lingering fascination with the Waffen S.S. This, suffice to... Read more
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