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Steyr Mannlicher History

Steyr was founded on April 16th 1864 by Josef Werndl as the Josef und Franz Werndl & Company Waffenfabrik und Sägemühle in Oberletten. It was from these humble beginnings that gave birth to the Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft and later more well known companies such as Steyr Werke, Steyr-Daimler (yes, that Daimler, the car company), and the well known modern firearms company Steyr Mannlicher.

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Beretta: A History of the World’s Oldest Firearm Company

The Val Trompia valley district in Italy, including the city of Gardone, runs through the Columbine Mountains which is a source of high-grade iron ore. During the Middle Ages it was the center of iron working and, in the beginning of the Renaissance Era it was known for its high quality gun making. Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta was a master gun barrel maker living in Gardone.

History of Accuracy International

Accuracy International was founded in 1978 by a Olympic medalist Malcom Cooper, MBE, along with Sarah Cooper, Martin Kay, and weapons designers Dave Walls and Dave Caig. Together they took their knowledge of long range rifle shooting and weapon design to create a suberbly accurate and rugged rifle suitable for both military use as well as long range target shooting.

Guest Post: Commander Zero on Preparedness, Spreadsheets and PTR-91 Magazines

Preparedness is all well and good, but without a bit of accounting it can be difficult to know what you have, where you have it, and how old it is. Commander Zero talks about the use of spreadsheets for tracking his inventory of foodstuffs and other preparedness items. Later in this article he discusses the PTR-91 as a main battle rifle (MBR) and the current availability of low cost magazines.

March Photo Contest

Congratulations to JJ, winner of our March photo contest.

He writes about the photo saying “The only details I can really give you about the photo is that it was a photo taken in 2006 out of Fallujah, Iraq and that it was in support of Coalition Forces. The gentleman you see next to me is my spotter and the cameraman was our third team mate. I hope you and your readers enjoy the photo.” The rifle appears to be a Barret .50 BMG M107 or M82 variant.

Click the photo above to view a full size version.

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Knife Anatomy 101: Blade Types

Knives come in all shapes in sizes. Each description of the blade type actually refers to a specific shape design. Here’s a quick visual guide to the various types and styles of a few of the most common folding knife blades.

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Throwback Thursday: Converting Your AK-47 to be 922(r) Exempt

If you have a post-ban AK-47 rifle and want to bring it up to “no-ban” status, this article takes you through the steps to outfit a legal, pre-ban-appearance rifle. Or, to explain the term pre-ban a bit further, an AK as imported before the 1989 gun ban, with an original-style, fixed or side-folder buttstock, pistol grip, bayonet lugs, removable flash hider or muzzle brake and high-capacity magazine (subject to various state laws).

Water Purification

The EPA reports that 90% of the world’s fresh water supply is contaminated. According to the World Health Organization, 80% of all travel diseases are caused from contaminated water. Tap water, surface water (surface water is any standing or flowing body of water.), ice cubes and even bottled water can all harbor unsafe bacteria, viruses, protozoans and agricultural chemicals. By consuming even the smallest drop of contaminated water, you can get Hepatitis A, E-coli, salmonella, cholera and many other diseases and sicknesses. Most water contaminates come from human and animal waste. They are spread by rain and run-off in surface water.