I Have This Old Gun: FÉG PA-63
Engineers at the Fémáru és Szerszámgépgyár NV (Metal Products and Machine Tool Factory Company) in Budapest developed a military-appropriate sidearm by combining the R-61’s lightweight alloy frame with a 4" barrel in 9 mm Makarov, which is how the PA-63 was born.
The Evolution Of The Colt Model 601
While the Colt Model 601 was the first AR-15 to be mass-produced, there were several design variations that came before and during the platform's development.
The Guns Of Operation Torch
Deemed a safer option than a direct attack on Nazi-occupied France, Operation Torch—the Allied invasion of French North Africa—was nonetheless a hard-fought, six-month campaign. These are the guns that helped America’s warfighters win victory.
The Guns Of Guadalcanal
The six-month-long campaign to re-take Guadalcanal would prove to be a pivotal victory in the battle to turn back the Empire of Japan during World War II. So, which firearms were used and who carried them?
The AK-74: From Soviet Small Arm To Resistance Symbol
Watch this video and read this story by American Rifleman Field Editor Martin K. A. Morgan regarding the function and history of the AK-74 select-fire rifle, chambered in 5.45x39 mm.
The Guns Of Huế
The fight that developed in the streets of in 1968 would give the Marine Corps one of its most memorable victories—in a battle style for which the Marines had not been trained. The guns used during the conflict ranged from brand-new M16A1s and M40 sniper rifles to World War II leftovers.
The Ohio National Guard Remington 870 Wingmaster Shotgun
In 2018, the Ohio National Guard surplussed off its stock of Remington 870 Wingmaster shotguns from its inventory to a retailer for sale. Follow Martin K. A. Morgan as he delves deeper into the history of these shotguns.
The FÉG AMD-65: A Hungarian AK In Afghanistan
Originally developed as a Hungarian adaptation of the Kalashnikov in the 1960s, the FÉG AMD-65 lived on past the Cold War, and, up until recently, was used in large numbers by the Afghanistan National Security Forces.
The French FR F2 Sniper Rifle
Conceived during the Cold War and after thirty years of service, the French are beginning to phase out the FR F2 bolt-action sniper rifle, with the surplus rifles available for sale from Navy Arms.
Volkssturmgewehr: The German VG1-5 'People's Storm Rifle'
While many are familiar with more widely known examples of late World War II German small arms like the MP44 and Gewehr 43, few know of the simplistic "People's Storm Rifle" designed and built specifically for use by the conscripted Volkssturm, the VG1-5 Volkssturmgewehr.