The Experimental Bullet: The S&W Model 76 Caseless Cartridge Program

The Experimental Bullet: The S&W Model 76 Caseless Cartridge Program

ABOVE: Advantages of caseless ammunition; the rounds are lighter in weight and less expensive to manufacture. Disadvantages include a problem clearing malfunctions and delicate nature…

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RIFLE GRENADES! Immediately Available Artillery

RIFLE GRENADES! Immediately Available Artillery

ABOVE: This launching of even a little grenade from the little FAMAS bullpup features a grinning French soldier enjoying the moment and Canadian Sgt Josh…

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100 YEARS AGO: The U.S. Marines in The Great War

100 YEARS AGO: The U.S. Marines in The Great War

One of the more famous episodes in the history of the USMC occurred with the various Machine Gun Battalions that were deployed to the Great…

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Stens of the World, Part 2: U.S. Stens

Stens of the World, Part 2: U.S. Stens

A Sten MkII “tube gun”—this example was made by Charlie Erb, a Class II manufacturer from Pennsylvania. The original owner paid $150.00 for this Sten….

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GRENADES! Artillery by the Fistful

GRENADES! Artillery by the Fistful

ABOVE: A red hot blizzard of small, uniform-sized steel fragments blasts out from detonation of a single M67 grenade during a training exercise in 2017…

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Milestone: The 100,000th Inglis Automatic Pistol

Milestone: The 100,000th Inglis Automatic Pistol

ABOVE: 100,000 bears only this stamp and not the usual stack of serial numbers. A ceremony was scheduled for August 21, 1943, at the John…

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Stens of the World: Part I

Stens of the World: Part I

ABOVE: The MkIII Sten was designed to speed production and reduce cost. The integral design proved inferior when tested against an MkII, and production was…

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Secret Mission: How the Germans Brought Hollow-Charge Technology to Japan

Secret Mission: How the Germans Brought Hollow-Charge Technology to Japan

ABOVE: The seaman’s book of Colonel Niemöller. He travelled to Yokohama aboard the blockade runner “Tannenfels” and covered as a paymaster. In the course of…

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Rifle Grenades & Launchers in Post-War Germany

Rifle Grenades & Launchers in Post-War Germany

ABOVE: A member of the “BGS” (Bundesgrenzschutz = federal border police) armed with a G 1. Note the early training rifle grenade Modell 1957 with…

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German Late-War Pistols of World War II

German Late-War Pistols of World War II

In the German armed forces pistols have always been in short supply, even though the serial production of the most common pistol, the P38 in…

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Father of Modern Wound Ballistics

Father of Modern Wound Ballistics

The Vietnam War witnessed new weapons and munitions on the battlefield, such as U.S. cluster bombs and its small caliber high-velocity (SCHV) 5.56×45 mm M16…

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Rio de Janeiro’s Military Legacy: Fort Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro’s Military Legacy: Fort Copacabana

ABOVE: Fort Copacabana There is considerable military lineage in this beautiful Brazilian City—invisible to most and yet, clearly present all over. For instance, international flights…

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Right, Wrong, and What's Still Broken:  Life Goes On in the U.S. Firearms Industry

Right, Wrong, and What’s Still Broken: Life Goes On in the U.S. Firearms Industry

It’s been a wild ride being a part of the U.S. firearms industry over the last forty years. I have worked at more than a few firearms producers, from the largest to the smallest, and from the best to the worst. It has given me a special insight into the business. I’ve seen a lot of great designs evolve and I have been lucky enough to have not only met but spent quality time with all the greats: Chinn, Stoner, Uzi, Knight, Galili, Colby, Marquardt, Kalashnikov, Chiabrandy, Patenaude, Wetzel, Ruger, and Barrett.

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