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WW1 Cavalry Armed with Lance

WW1 was an incredibly difficult time for those in the military. While some lessons from previous wars (Russo-Japanese War 1905) were learned, others were not. Here is an example of something that was not: cavalry. What!? You thought I was talking about the lance, didn’t you? Soon enough. Throughout military history, most people died not in the battle but in …

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POTD — Fantasy German Sniper

I have always felt there are generally two types of people in the gun community. Collectors and shooters. The collectors want everything original, correct, papered, every variation, maker’s mark, etc. etc. etc. You get the idea. And the more of those variables you string together in one rifle, the more expensive things become. The other type of person is the …

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WWI Colt Detail Strip

This is a belated followup to a post from last year. We rescued a WWI Colt 1911…literally a pre-WWI manufactured gun…from the “wanna-be armorer practice pile” and moved it into emeritus status. How’s that for a $0.25 word?! Ok. We retired it, and hung it on the wall. You can see photos from the shadow-box story by CLICKING HERE. I …

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Captured Mauser Rifles Get Me Thinking

I recently saw this photograph of captured Mauser rifles stacked like kindling. I thought it was very interesting. The first thing that struck me was the volume. That’s a lot of Mauser rifles! Looking at the picture, I don’t know what timeframe it was taken. But if I were to make an uneducated guess, post WWII? But frankly, I could …

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Best Pawnshop in a While

I travel quite a bit. Not as much as I used to, but it comes in spurts. I suppose everyone who travels is different. Some taste the local food. Others are drawn to the local pubs. While people such as myself, are always looking for guns, gun shops and gun-culture. It doesn’t matter if I am in Timbuktu or Tacoma, …

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Mounted Correct Scope On Our Swede Sniper M41B

We like to have “correct” items in our reference library. We don’t go nuts like some of the MIL-Surp collectors and obsess over every little detail. But we do like to have reasonable reconstructions for reference and training purposes. Here is a M96 Swede rifle that was converted to a sniper by the Swedish government around 1941. Hence the M41B …

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Com-Bloc RPG with Bi-Pod

Some of you are aware that besides firearms, we keep examples of man portable ordnance in the armory as well. A month or so back, we acquired a variant of the standard RPG that many may not have seen. The bipod RPG. What is nice about this example is the condition. When it arrived we were all stunned. The two …

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Rhodesian A5 Shotgun Pictures on Range

A few months back, I posted some videos of us testing a Rhodesian A5 shotgun. Turns out, I was derelict in my duties and I did not post the still photos. As you can see in these pictures, the A5 successfully digested Winchester 12 gauge bulk pack target loads. And for those asking, this shotgun’s capacity is 8+1. VERY formidable …

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POTD – Our Luger

I’ve never been interested in the Luger pistols. They are cool and I get the historical significance. And frankly 30 Luger doesn’t have a lot of appeal to me. But when a shooter-grade 9mm popped up, it was too good to pass on. During the 2016 year, we are committed to doing more stories and video with it. And for …

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WW1 Soldiers’ French Phrase Book

In my heart, I am always “looking”. Either for knowledge, experiences, information, answers and sometimes pirate treasure! Yes, really. If placed in a situation that doesn’t seem even remotely interesting or promising, I am willing to delve into it “one time”. It’s a habit I formed working. Spending many, many hours waiting for something to happen is probably the most …