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Rifles of the United States Navy & Marine Corps: 1866-1917

While reading this book, I found myself at about every third or fourth page exclaiming—“I never knew that!”

Irish Lewis Light Machine Guns in the United States

Col. Isaac Newton Lewis capitalized on the experimental drum-fed, air-cooled, McLean machine gun, developing a light machine gun that he hoped to sell to the U.S. government.

The Ivy Patch Gun

Ever go digging in an ivy patch? Imagine finding an artillery piece at the end of your trowel....

Guns of the “Devil Dogs”: U.S. Marine Corps Small Arms Of World War I

The U.S. Marines in France would earn the name “Teufelshunde” or “Devil Dogs” from the Germans they faced. The Marines fought five major battles during World War I, mostly with the same small arms used by the U.S. Army, but with a few exceptions.

The Guns of the Boer Commandos

Superior Boer marksmanship and Mauser rifles exacted a high price from the British during the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902. But the Boers used other arms as well—everything from single-shots to "Long" Lee-Enfields.

Guns of the Easter Rising

In April 1916, Irish rebels rose up against the British Crown. Armed with a motley collection of obsolete and modern rifles, as well as handguns and shotguns, they resisted the might of the British Empire for five days before final defeat. The rebellion set in motion events that would lead to Irish independence.

Thompson Submachine Gun

So, when was the Thompson submachine gun first fired in combat? Was it during the June 1921 West Virginia “coal wars” or perhaps even earlier?

Pondering The Pistolero: Donald Bateman Hope Coates

Cross Indiana Jones, Harry Flashman and a Colt M911 .45 pistol and you have the interesting—almost unbelievable—real life of one Donald Coates.

Guns of the Battle of Blair Mountain

In 1921, “Marching Miners” squared off against mine owners and the “Logan County Defenders” in the mountains of West Virginia in one of the biggest labor disputes-and battles-to occur on United States soil, and one in which Thompson submachine guns loomed large.

Guns of the Easter Rising

In April 1916, Irish rebels rose up against the British Crown. Armed with a motley collection of obsolete and modern rifles, as well as handguns and shotguns, they resisted the might of the British Empire for five days before final defeat. The rebellion set in motion events that would lead to Irish independence.

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