Posts Tagged ‘Military History’

M1 Carbine with scope

M1 Carbine: The Classic Warhorse (Part III)

It was only natural; as soon as I was old enough and had the funds saved up, I bought an M1 Carbine. Unfortunately for me, the first one I came found, while I had $95 burning a hole in my pocket, was at a local emporium in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. It was a brand spanking new Plainfield Machine Company M1 Carbine. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Plainfield carbines were assembled using surplus parts.

Winchester ad for the M1 Carbine

M1 Carbine: The Classic Warhorse (Part II)

The huge popularity of the M1 Carbine may be attributed to the fact that more G.I.s had a favorable, than negative, experience with it and subsequently brought many home in duffle bags. They allowed family and friends to shoot them at impromptu shoots—little brothers, girlfriends, and children were taught to shoot with the M1. Because of its good manners, people just liked shooting the M1, and they were thought to be lots of fun.

Winchester M1 Carbine

M1 Carbine: The Classic Warhorse

Not to long ago, a friend of mine was over, and we got into a conversation about the renewed interest in that ‘Old War Horse,’ the M1 Carbine. Seems like that ‘oldie but goodie’ will never leave us, and in my opinion, it never should. Other aficionados must feel the same way, because most recently, the Inland name has been taken over and given new life producing new M1 and M1A1 Carbines.

Soldier saluting the flag

The Eleventh Hour, of the Eleventh Day, of the Eleventh Month…

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month–that was when the armistice ending the hostilities of World War I was signed. Although the Treaty of Versailles would not be signed for many more months, we still recognize 11/11 as the day to honor all those served before WWI, during WWI and although it was believed to be the war end all wars, those who would later serve.

38 Special the loyal Friend of Police Officers

Cartridge of the Week, the Smith and Wesson .38 Special, .38 SPL, .38 SPC

It does not have to be flashy just dependable. It’s always there and it always works. It is like a good friend in a pinch you can count on it to be there for you. I am a traditionalist. I prefer something proven over the test of time – not the media or Internet hype. I am not a person who follows fads. That is why the next cartridge is so “Special” to me. That good friend throughout the years is the Smith and Wesson .38 Special.

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.

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.