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First to Fight the Blitzkrieg: Polish Small Arms in September 1939

First to Fight the Blitzkrieg: Polish Small Arms in September 1939

When Nazi Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, they found the Polish military to...
With Guns Drawn: An Interview with Firearm Artist Lorin Michki

With Guns Drawn: An Interview with Firearm Artist Lorin Michki

In an era of digital design, Lorin has gone old school, leveraging his traditional skills...
Uprising! Poland’s Fight for Freedom in Warsaw 1944

Uprising! Poland’s Fight for Freedom in Warsaw 1944

Seventy-five years ago, 20,000 Polish citizens—men, women and children alike—rose against their German occupiers.
Men and Guns of the 1900 China Relief Expedition

Men and Guns of the 1900 China Relief Expedition

Some American troops fought with guns one would expect in the multi-national mission to Peking,...
Aerial Gunfight: Shot Down by a .45

Aerial Gunfight: Shot Down by a .45

The M1911 and M1911A1 pistols are legends among firearms. Their remarkable exploits in the hands...
The M1 Garand At Dieppe

The M1 Garand At Dieppe

In August 1942, a small force of U.S. Army Rangers accompanying British and Canadian troops...
America’s First: Hiram Maxim’s Heavy Machine Gun

America’s First: Hiram Maxim’s Heavy Machine Gun

Maxim took inspiration from a childhood memory of being knocked over by recoil to later...
The First Submachine Gun: Italy’s Villar Perosa

The First Submachine Gun: Italy’s Villar Perosa

This innovative Italian design gave the world its first submachine gun.
Frozen Indecision: American Intervention in Siberian Russia, 1918

Frozen Indecision: American Intervention in Siberian Russia, 1918

America’s interaction with Russia is quite the hot topic these days. Many Americans wonder, are...
Shades of “Thunderbolt & Lightfoot”: The 20 mm Brinks Heist.

Shades of “Thunderbolt & Lightfoot”: The 20 mm Brinks Heist.

Truth is often stranger than fiction. In this case, some strange truth was adapted into...
Cold Front: American Troops in Russia 1918-1919

Cold Front: American Troops in Russia 1918-1919

A century ago, American troops were in combat against the Bolsheviks on Russian soil. Armed...
The M1 Carbine in Vietnam

The M1 Carbine in Vietnam

The M1 Carbine was introduced into Vietnam by French troops during the late 1940s in...
The Hotchkiss Model Of 1914 Heavy Machine Gun

The Hotchkiss Model Of 1914 Heavy Machine Gun

A century ago, the American Expeditionary Force entered heavy combat in France, and the Doughboys’...
The Guns of Veracruz 1914

The Guns of Veracruz 1914

The landings at Veracruz saw the early combat use of several American small arms that...
Guns of the Spanish-American War 1898

Guns of the Spanish-American War 1898

Lucky were the soldiers armed with the .30–40 Krag-Jorgensen, but many Americans fought with the...
Guns of the Tet Offensive

Guns of the Tet Offensive

Advanced American firepower, coupled with traditional G.I. ingenuity and courage held the line during the...
The Vietnamese K-50M Submachine Gun

The Vietnamese K-50M Submachine Gun

Based on the Chinese Type 50, which was itself based on the Soviet PPSh-41, the...
The First Panzerjäger: Germany’s T-Gewehr Anti-Tank Rifle

The First Panzerjäger: Germany’s T-Gewehr Anti-Tank Rifle

In response to the new Allied armored threat, Waffenfabrik Mauser AG quickly designed and produced...
The Trouble with Trench Guns

The Trouble with Trench Guns

The Winchester Model 1897 “Trench Gun” with a fixed bayonet was a fearsome and distinctly...
Cut-Down Springfield: The Rare M1903 “Bushmaster” Carbine

Cut-Down Springfield: The Rare M1903 “Bushmaster” Carbine

The 158th Infantry would become associated with an obscure variant of the U.S. M1903 Springfield...
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