Some Guy Named Andrews Invented a Very Odd Submachine Gun
The Andrews Machine Carbine is something of a mystery. Little information is available on the World War II-vintage submachine gun, although some relatively good black and white photographs do exist. The boxy weapon was developed in 1942 and ’43 by an Australian designer with the last name Andrews —... Read more
You Had to Be Pretty Brave to Attack a German Tank With a PIAT
In 1941, Britain developed the Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank, better known as the PIAT. The PIAT would become Britain’s primary anti-tank weapon during World War II. The British had struggled to field an effective anti-tank weapon for infantry. In 1940, the British Army had introduced the No. 68 anti-tank... Read more
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
The Heidar Is Iran’s Weird-Looking .50-Caliber Sniper Rifle
Iran regularly over-hypes its military technology, and in some cases, shows off bogus equipment for propaganda purposes. Iran’s military industry is also resourceful and produces interesting weapons which the Islamic republic then proliferates into very real conflicts. As a latter example, Iran in April 2017 revealed the .50-caliber, semi-automatic... Read more
The Russian Army Still Loves Its Artillery
The Russian Ground Forces have started to receive a modernized version of the Msta-S self-propelled artillery piece. The new self-propelled gun will be used in the interim until the much more modern 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV enters service in significant numbers. “Dozens of self-propelled artillery Msta-S entered into service in the... Read more
Russia’s Machines Are Well-Suited for Arctic Conflict
Over the past decade, nations bordering on the Arctic have found themselves with a big new security problem. The melting of the Arctic ice has opened up shipping lanes and opportunities for the exploitation for undersea resources, but has also exposed vulnerabilities for countries that have long considered their... 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
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
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