Mikhail Timofeyovich Kalashnikov purportedly devised the assault rifle that bears his name while recovering from wounds incurred during the Battle of Brausk in World War II. While his story has likely been embellished a bit by communist propaganda editors, it is universally accepted that he indeed designed the gun and that it subsequently shaped the firearms world. The author ranks the RPK above the M249 and M60! Did he hit the mark? Read the full story to find out.
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May 2, 2014 is the first day of the spring auction at the Rock Island Auction Company. There are lots of historical, collectible, and beautiful firearms up for grabs this year, but this one caught my eye. Dubbed “Hitler’s Buzz Saw” by WWII soldiers, this German MG-42 medium machine gun was used by the Nazi forces throughout the second World War. The design was easily produced, innovative, and effective, the Allies copied much the weapon to create the M60 machine gun. The specimen on sale is outfitted to be used as an anti-aircraft weapon with a mount, anti-air sights, and optical sight.
Though you know heroes and freedom fighters of yesteryear used much of the military surplus items you acquire, it is rare to come across a piece with such a specific history. Buried deep in a Swiss bunker, we found original WWII, U.S. Mountain Troop ski goggles manufactured by Foster Grant. These well-worn military surplus goggles are a true piece of history. To know that a member of the “greatest generation” fought so hard in such harsh conditions fighting off the Germans, the well-worn goggles are worth every penny.
In his new book, author Stephen P. Halbrook doesn’t have to wait for someone in the comments section to eventually raise the Nazi specter. It’s right there on the cover: Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”.
Far too many Americans can recite a movie quote believing it to be history or mourn a life of a movie actor taken too soon. Let’s not forget the unsung heroes; the real history makers. Let’s remember who and why this is a day of remembrance that will live in infamy…
Through the smoke, eats, clanging of dog tags of colorful metaphors being slung about the range, we will also take time to bow our heads in a moment of silence and honor those who experienced hell on earth, June 6, 1944…
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.
The need arose on the battlefield for an easily transportable machine gun to compliment the German Blitzkrieg, a new type…Read More >
Old soldiers never die; they just fade away, so said General Douglas MacArthur at his final grand public appearance. However, some old soldiers refuse to fade away. This is true with the Lee-Enfield SMLE Mk III. Simply put—I love this rifle.