This demonstrates the components and cycle of function of the M1911, the iconic pistol designed by John M. Browning for Colt to submit for Army trials in the early 20th century. It remained in main line service for 74 years, is still in use by some branches of the special forces and continues to be extremely popular for competitive, recreational and defensive uses.

Feeding, Chambering, Locking, Firing, Unlocking, Extracting, Ejecting, Cocking.

I was taught to remember it through the ditty “Fat Chicks Like Fucking Unless Eating Easter Candy.”


The recoil spring pushes the action (slide) forward, stripping a round from the magazine, pushing it up the feed ramp and into the chamber, where lugs in the barrel lock into the slide, creating a stable platform for… 


The trigger is pressed, disengaging the sear which releases the hammer to strike the firing pin. The disconnector allows the mechanism to reset without having to release the trigger during the cycle. The slide and barrel travel backward together until the barrel linkage tips the barrel down allowing the locking lugs to clear the slide while…


The rim of the cartridge is held by a notch in the extractor. As the slide travels rearward, the case is carried until it strikes the ejector which propels it up and out of the pistol action. Cocking (demonstrated in the above graphic) occurs as the slide pushes the hammer back, allowing the leaf spring to reset the sear as the hammer is moved to its cocked position.


The grip safety blocks the trigger from moving unless it is compressed while the thumb safety prevents the hammer and sear from moving while engaged. 


Cartridges are basically comprised of a case, bullet, propellant & primer. Cases are typically composed of brass, though steel, aluminum & some advanced polymers are also available.

The firing pin impacts the primer and detonates its pressure sensitive explosive. This ignites the slower burning, but highly expansive propellant. This expansion drives the projectile (bullet) down the barrel & out the muzzle. The case is surrounded and supported by the chamber which contains the pressure of the explosion, preventing the case from deforming.

Cartridges are stacked on top of one another in the magazine and are fed into the pistol action through spring pressure. This particular model is referred to as a single stack. Magazines take on many configurations but detachable single and double stack (staggered) variants are most commonly found in pistols.

Note: Magazines are not clips and clips are not magazines. Clips are small strips of metal that hold cartridges by the rim in order to more easily feed them into a magazine.


Silverman-Maxim M1896 pistols

Designed by Louis Silverman and Hiram Maxim in the mid-1890′s.

  1. 7,63x25mm Borchardt seven-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic.
  2. 8,45x25mm necked-up Borchardt seven-round removable box magazine, delayed blowback semi-automatic.
  3. .455 Webley Mk I seven-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic.

Three of the possible four prototypes made of this very avant-gardiste self-loading pistols. If you’re thinking these slim lines clash with the bulkiness of the Mauser C96 and other contemporary guns, know that the .455 variant is bigger than the Mars pistol - itself being nearly 30cm long.

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gwyneth paltrow’s wellness commandos storm my house and detoxify my body with 100% organic, gmo- and cruelty free cordyceps semi auto hollow points while chanting in google translated tibetan

i die of orgone loss and they bill my next of kin for 459.99 per bullet

WWII Firearms in Syria Part 1

Like so many other conflicts that have been recently waged in the Middle East, every gun of every sort will find its way into the hands of combatants. Sometimes articles of history too.

Beretta M38/44: the official submachine gun of the Royal Italian Army during WWII, the M38/44 was one of the better small arms fielded by the Italians. This one here has been highly customized by its owner, the receiver and barrel seemingly nickel-plated and the stock sawn off.

The same Beretta M38/44 in action. The 1938 series was extremely robust and proved very popular with Axis forces as well as Allied troops.

DP-28: a Russian light-machine gun, the DP was light and cheap to make, consisting of less than 80 parts. It was rugged and reliable, but fed from an inconvenient 47-round pan magazine which was prone to damage and jamming. It was replaced by the better RPD.

DShK M1938: a Russian heavy machine gun designed for infantry support, the DShK still sees widespread use. It was frequently deployed on a two-wheeled mounting and armored with single-sheet of steel. It is sometimes nicknamed Dashka in Russian-speaking countries, from the abbreviation.


M1 Garand: the workhorse of the American GI during WWII, the M1 was one of several semi-auto rifles issued during the war, but the US was the only major belligerent nation that issued semi-auto rifles on a large scale. 

With almost 5.5 million built, M1 Garand’s are not exceedingly uncommon on modern battlefields. 

This M1 seems to have an aftermarket scope attached to it.

M1919: America’s medium machine-gun of WWII, the M1919 saw service on all fronts and with multiple different allies. It was powerful and reliable, if not heavy. Though visually distinct from its predecessor, the M1917, both weapons are mechanically the same. The arrival of the GPMG pushed the M1919 into a secondary role in most cases.



Haeussler 1905 Patent Adler M1906 semi-automatic pistol

Manufactured by Engelbrecht & Wolff (also marketed as Adlerwaffenwerke) in Zella-Mehlis, Germany, serial number 1202.
7,25mm proprietary cartridge, blowback action. The middle sight serves as a cocking handle. The left side of the frame features a slot to indicate if a round is currently chambered.
It is particularly bitty.

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anonymous asked:

I know nothing about guns. As a communist this makes me feel ashamed. What videos do you recommend I watch on youtube to start learning?

Firearms knowledge basics:

Shooting basics:

Common questions:

A few disclaimers: these are all videos pulled from gun YT. Ignore the politics of literally all the uploaders and you’ll have a much better time. I’m not condoning literally anyone in these videos. And this is meant to give a very basic understanding of what guns are and how they function, not an in depth overview of everything there is to know about firearms, and a few of the videos could use slightly more accurate language.This is meant to serve as an intro for people who know absolutely nothing about guns. @ragemovement you are much more knowledgeable about firearms than I am- if you can think of other stuff you think beginners should know, let me know!


The Roth Steyr Model 1907,

An invention of the Czech firearms designer Karl Krnka, the Roth Steyr Model 1907 is famous for being the 2nd semi automatic pistol to be officially issued to any military, and the 1st semi automatic pistol to be issued en masse to the common soldier.  Unlike many pistols, which make use of a recoiling slide, the Model 1907 utilized a retractable bolt.  When the pistol was fired, recoil energy would be transferred from the barrel to the bolt, causing it to retract backward.  The extractor on the bolt would eject an empty casing, then a spring would drive the bolt forward, which would cock the firing pin while stripping a new cartridge from the magazine.  Thus, the Model 1907 was also one of the first striker fired semi automatic pistols developed.  To prevent accidental discharge while a round was chambered the Model 1907 featured a very heavy trigger pull, which tended to effect its accuracy.  Regardless the Model 1907 was not drop safe.  The Model 1907 also lacked a detachable magazine, a common feature of future semi automatic pistols.  To load the pistol the user inserted a ten round stripper clip into the magazine, through the open breech.  It was chambered for a unique cartridge called the 8mm Roth Steyer (8x18mm).

The Model 1907 became standard issue to all cavalry units of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the early 20th century up to the end of World War I.  Between 1908 and 1914, 99,000 were produced for the Austro-Hungarian Army.  Several hundred were also sold on the civilian market.  After the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, the supply of Roth Steyer pistols was divided up among the successor nations of the empire.  Others were exported to Italy and Poland after the war.  As a result, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Italy, and Poland fielded the M1907 throughout the interwar period and during World War II.


Smith Mfg FG42

U.S made clone of the infamous German FG42, a select-fire rifle chambered in 8mm Mauser used primarily by paratroopers. The Smith FG42 is semi-auto and available in either 8mm Mauser or .308 Winchester, the latter using modified M14 magazines. This rifle has been in development for several years now and it seems they are finally being made available to interested buyers but at a cost and waiting period. Supposedly it’s about 6 months to a 1 year. Expect to pay upwards of $5,000+. (GRH)


Fusil Mitrailleur Mle 1915 CSRG “Chauchat”

The auction description says this gun was manufactured by MAS, I’m just going to assume you and I both know how to read and ignore that.
Manufactured by Sidarme in France, serial number 26087, then sold to the Finnish army (or SA, Suomen Armeija) some time after the end of the Great War.
8mm Lebel, (unreliable) 20-rounds removable half-moon magazine, fired in either full or semi-auto, from the hip, shoulder or on its bipod, standing up, laying prone, sitting, walking, running or dancing.

The Chauchat was the most common light machine gun of the great War, although assuredly not the most reliable. However the refined design that followed in the late stages of the conflict were readily adopted by the militaries of countries either unable to produce many machine guns, not willing to, or simply looking to arm themselves quickly against a new communist superpower.
Much like myself, do not hug this gun when it works, it’ll slap you in the face.

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the correct position to hug French people.

anonymous asked:

if not gun control, then what do you think would help with the situation in the us right now? im genuinely wondering just cause it feels so hopeless lately

You mean about gun violence? I think a large part of the problem is not even information about safe gun handling or respect for firearms or even necessarily access to firearms, but a uniquely American culture centered on and accepting of violence as a normal thing. I think Americans are just uniquely violent, period.

So the answer is functionally cultural revolution, frankly. A culture where violence isn’t seen as a normal occurance or inevitability. A culture where domestic violence and other forms of male violence are actively challenged and socially, not just legally, punished, but wherein a man can’t just be a rapist and have a normal career. Things like that are crucial. These are the kinds of things I’d like to see mandated as cultural programs under socialism.

I also think it is very recent that we’ve had a “gun violence” issue in the way that we think of it now, and it relates to the American upstate constsntly being at war such that warfare has permeated the public mindset (popularity of camo, war video games that I myself love playing, American cultural focus on warfare in film, etc) that of course a violent culture and a violent state lead to violence being seen as a general, neutral fact of life. Because for all of my life it HAS been, though it doesn’t need to be. And I also think there is something uniquely post 9/11 about the use of violence specifically as a means to a political end thay has permeated American gun violence as it relates to mass shootings- shoot up a planned parenthood, murder an abortion provider or threaten to, murder a bunch of gay people to instill fear in them, murder a bunch of random women to show that they can and it is their fault for not fucking you, etc. That there is a particular profile for these things I’d never brought up- there’s a male violence problem, and specifically a white male violence problem, that leads to the kinds of events that make headlines. These events are very new- aside from the Oklahomo City bombing, it’s hard to think of a list of similarly political attacks before very recent years. And there have been millions of guns here for a long time. So SOMETHING changed and I think that is largely cultural.

But those kinds of shooting make up a tiny fraction of gun deaths per year, frankly. Most is interpersonal violence, gang violence or otherwise criminal violence, and suicides. All of that can be addressed at the cultural level but not until you acknowledge it.

To be clear, it’s not that I oppose all gun control measures but it’s obvious that people who want blanket “gun control” have few policies in mind that would work. Background checks are already implemented and can’t possibly catch everything. Safe gun storage would prevent several accidental deaths per year, and I agree any house with a child or someone who shouldn’t use firearms should hsve a secure safe, but that’s a tiny portion of gun deaths per year. What do you want to do about the close to 400 million guns already in the country? You can’t track them all down. Even if you could, confiscation would start a civil war. Ban “high” capacity magazine? There are already thousands, almost definitely tens of millions, in circulation. Automatic weapons are already banned. Banning semi autos is both absurd and useless when criminals are not going to have a hard time finding one of the many millions already in existence. So I get 10 rounds in a bolt action to defend myself against someone coming into my house with 30 rounds semi auto? What sense does that make? You see that many places IN THE US with strict gun laws have high gun crime rates. You think Chicago gang members have their firearms ID like I do? Or paid the hundreds of dollars it takes to get a carry license like I did? They’re just already too available for you to implement controls that would actually affect people who shouldn’t have guns and already have them.

You can control all you want moving forward but with more than a gun for every single person in the country, I think we might just sort of be past the point of no return and that nothing but lasting cultural change will make that big of a difference.


Alexander Arms Ulfberht

U.S made semi-auto rifle chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. Although it looks like its patterned after an AR style rifle, the Ulfberht uses a Russian design for it’s operating system. Based on the Degtyaryov locking system found in the RPD and DP-28, the Ulfberht has two wings/flaps on its bolt carrier. The odd name is based on a legendary Viking sword, rather fitting since Alexander Arms is known to use Viking tales for naming some of their rifles and ammo. (GRH)