Posts Tagged ‘History’

Classic M1A Carbine with wood forend and metal folding stock

Firearm of the Week, the US Caliber .30 M1 /M1A1/M1A3/ M2/M2A2/M3 Carbine

You all know the big man on campus the M1 Garand, well this week we are going to play with the little kid on the block. The younger brother who gets left out of all the fun. However, be careful little brother can fight too. As we know, looks can be deceiving-as is the case of this little giant. Easy to shoot, carry and reload our next rifle is a bulldog, not a lot of bark, but a lot of bite.

Bayonet Charge

The Bayonet’s Place in History

Imagine standing on a hillside shoulder to shoulder with a line of soldiers. Smoke from heavy musket fire burns your nostrils and the sound of heavy artillery far to your flanks makes a deep thumping sensation in your chest. You’ve been firing down the hill throughout the morning at the advancing army, and you are low on ammunition.

The Might 50 BMG

Cartridge of the Week, the .50 BMG, 12.7×99mm NATO, .50 Browning Machine Gun, 50 Cal

You thought that last week’s cartridge was full-sized. Well welcome to the jungle folks—we got what it takes this week. Why wait until your enemy comes out from behind that concrete wall? Just shoot through it! Don’t let that armor plating get in the way of your job, just shoot through it! Have a big truck coming into the no bad-guy zone? Shut it down by obliterating the engine with one shot. Cars, trucks, boats, armored vehicles, planes, and buildings cannot stop this big bad boy, the famous .50 BMG!

Mosin Nagant M9130 Sniper Rifle

Firearm of the Week, the Dragunov, Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova (SVD), Снайперская винтовка Драгунова, Type 79/85, The Bear

Greetings capitalists, from Russia with love, Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova is good rifle, da? This is the long arm of the enemy. Vietnam, the Gulf, Afghanistan twice and Iraq, the spelling of the word nemesis is D-r-a-g-u-n-o-v. Built around the action of one of the greatest rifles ever – the AK-47 – how could it fail to rock the battlefield? It is the one we fear most, the SVD Dragunov.

Spencer Carbine Cross Section

The Top AR Platforms of the 1870s

Your position is under attack. You need to fire copious amounts of bullets. You need to overwhelm the opposing force. Firepower is the essence and it must come from a small group of soldiers. At the very least, you need to double your enemy’s rate of fire. You need a short fast rifle that is quick into action. You need a carbine platform that is easy to carry. You need an assault rifle.

7.62x51 Ready For Launch

Cartridge of the Week: The .308 Winchester, 7.62×51 NATO, 7.62x51mm

If you hear the shot, it was not meant for you. If you run, you will only die tired. Reach out and touch someone. Ah sniper talk, guys from the high ground, I love it. Without this cartridge, the sniper story would be greatly diminished. From 1952, its design year, then 1954, when the U.S. military chose it as the rifle cartridge for their forces and up to the present it has been the cornerstone cartridge for the long-range warrior. That cartridge is the 7.62x51mm NATO or the civilian .308 Winchester.

Arisaka Type 99

Starting Your World War II Rifle Collection

Many of us have respectable firearms collections. Some of us collect everything we can get our hands on. Others collect specific guns from different eras, countries, or conflicts. A fellow gun collector had mentioned to me that he wanted to start collecting firearms from World War II. He already stocked his gun safe with an impressive array of useable tools. AR-15s, AKs, shotguns, Remington 700s, half a dozen .22s and a dozen or so handguns from most popular calibers and actions. He said he wanted some historical wall hangers to make his man cave have that certain look that only decommissioned military hardware could command. I enthusiastically agreed and told him I would keep an eye out for some good deals. He was curious about which guns he should pick up first. I laid out a simple road map to get him started. Since he was new to collecting historical models, I kept it simple and told him he should search for the hard-to-find stuff later. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to get started in collecting World War II battle rifles, and many shooters already own the rifle in the first section.

Into Harms Way - USS Johnston at Leyte

Happy Birthday United States Navy – Anchors Aweigh, My Boys…

Establishment of the Navy, 13 October 1775
“Resolved, That a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable (sic) number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch (sic), for a cruise of three months, and that the commander be instructed to cruize (sic) eastward, for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies, and for such other purposes as the Congress shall direct.

Drip Gun

When the Drip Gun Saved the Day

Much of the First World War was a standoff. Like any standoff, eventually someone has to retreat. During the Gallipoli campaign, where Allied forces tried to invade Constantinople, a major offensive to take ground failed. After suffering heavy losses on both sides, the Allied forces faced an unavoidable conclusion. It looked like pulling out was their only option and unfortunately, retreating armies tend to take staggeringly heavy casualties. The idea behind slaughtering retreating troops is to demoralize them so badly, that they refuse to come back and try again. To avoid this, the Allies had to come up with a new strategy.

7.62x39 with its Weapon of Choice

Cartridge of the Week, the 7.62×39, 7.62 Russian Medium, M43 Soviet

No other cartridge has changed the face of the planet like the 7.62×39. It protected communist ideals and was the bane of freedom for nearly 70 years. The weapons that utilize this round have mostly stood for tyranny at its worst. This Russian medium cartridge is a merciless foe, which soldiers, peasants, and children carry in their weapons. Whether utilized in the Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova of 1945 (SKS) or the Avtomat Kalashnikova of 1947 (AK-47), and variants, it has helped change the face of warfare.

Signs like these would let you know where public fallout shelters were located.

Bomb Shelters Then and Now

On October 6, 1961, President John F. Kennedy encouraged all Americans to prepare for nuclear war with the Soviet Union by building bomb shelters. He said, “A fallout shelter for everybody as rapidly as possible.” In the same year, the magazine, Popular Mechanics publishes plans made by the Office of Civil Defense on how to build your own bomb shelter. The government even encouraged Americans to buy radiation detectors. President Kennedy, also in 1961 asked Congress for $100 million to build public fallout shelters. To this day, during renovations and excavations of older buildings, construction crews are finding long-forgotten fallout shelters, still stocked with food and water.

Machine Gun of 1942 MG42

Firearm of the Week, the Maschinengewehr 42 Light Machine Gun (LMG), Machine Gun of 1942, MG42

The need arose on the battlefield for an easily transportable machine gun to compliment the German Blitzkrieg, a new type of warfare. The High Command placed the MG30, which had promise, into the hands of the artist Paul Mauser. This resulted in the Machine Gun of 1934, or MG34. However, as with most German weapons of that era, it was complicated and it did not react well to dust. Can you say Tiger Tank?

Colonials at Germantown

The Battle of Germantown Pennsylvania October 4, 1777

On October 4 1777, the Continental Army under George Washington did something they had not yet had the opportunity to do—they would attack. The plan was to execute a classic double pincer maneuver. This was straight out the war manual and first utilized by Hannibal to defeat the Roman legions. The Continentals would impetuously take the initiative and drive the Colonials from the field. Winter was coming, and a Washington had to make a statement.