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MAS Mle49-56 military rifle

Made by the Manufacture d’Arme de Saint-Etienne in France c.1956-70′s - serial number G81988.
7,5x54mm MAS Mle1929C ten-round removable box magazine, direct impingement gas operated semi-automatic, Mle 1953 APX 806L scope mounted on a rail on the left side of the receiver, muzzle adapted to fire rifle grenades, with accompanying folding grenade sights.

The 1956 modification shortened the barrel but also and most noticeably the foregrip of the rifle, making it a very compact and sturdy battle rifle.

Of course, it is not just private prisons that incentivize incarceration. There is an entire supporting cast dedicated to its proliferation as well: The aerospace industry and arms manufacturers (which supply drug enforcement planes, helicopters, drones, armored vehicles, weapons, ammunition, and surveillance technology), chemical companies (which produce the poisons often used to sedate and execute prisoners, as well as the tear gas used in prison strikes and protests), the bail bonds industry (which finance the ability or inability for a person to await trial in or out of jail), U.S. banks (which launder billions of dollars for drug cartels and finance the prison industry), and of course numerous politicians (which accept money from these industries in exchange for pushing favorable legislation).

The end result is a sprawling cornucopia of state violence supported at every level of America’s social structure — and which relies principally on police for enforcement. After all, we should never forget that every single person convicted for a violent or a non-violent crime, every single person wrongly convicted, every single person corralled for simply being different or standing up for justice, every single person unable to navigate poverty, homelessness, or addiction, who is placed in a cage to work in servitude or slavery, was put there by a cop. It follows that if ever we are to mobilize to dismantle mass incarceration, it must also be a movement to extract the final breath from policing itself, and to abolish for all time every manifestation of state terror.

RSC Fusil Semi-Automatique Mle1917

Designed by Ribeyrolles, Sutter, and Chauchat - made by the Manufacture d’Armes de Tulle in France c.1917~18.
8x51mmR Lebel five-round en-bloc clip, gas-operated semi-automatic, loaded from the bottom.

Made with several Lebel parts, the RSC Mle1917 was the first semi-automatic military rifle to be mass-issued and used during a major conflict, namely World War one. It was a far cry from the revolutionary designs of the French rifle trials of the early 20th century, but it was decently reliable and provided a lot more firepower than the old Lebel Mle1886.

Iran Strikes Back At US With 'Reciprocal' Sanctions

Tehran, Iran (AP) – Iran on Sunday sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel’s occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the U.S.

The wide-ranging list from an American real estate company to a major arms manufacturer appeared more symbolic than anything else as the firms weren’t immediately known to be doing business anywhere in the Islamic Republic.

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A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency said the sanctions barred companies from any agreements with Iranian firms and that former and current directors would not be eligible for visas. It also said any of the company’s assets in Iran could be seized.

“The sanctioned companies have, directly and/or indirectly, been involved in the brutal atrocities committed by the Zionist regime in the occupied Palestinian territories, or they have supported the regime’s terrorist activities and Israel’s development of Zionist settlements on the Palestinian soil,” the IRNA report said.

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The IRNA report referred to the sanctions as a “reciprocal act,” without elaborating. Iran’s new sanctions comes after the Trump administration in February sanctioned more than two dozen people and companies in retaliation for a recent ballistic missile test.

The companies named did not immediately respond to requests for comment Sunday. They included ITT Corp., missile-maker Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. Denver’s Re/Max Holdings Inc., a real estate company, also made the list. One of the named companies, Israeli defense contractor Elbit, declined to comment on the matter.

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Another firm on the list, truck maker Oshkosh, has worked closely with Israeli armored products maker Plasan, including on the Sand Cat armored vehicle that is used by several countries, including Israel. The Israeli Defense Ministry is reportedly seeking to buy some 200 tactical trucks from the Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based company.

Kahr Arms and Magnum Research, two sanctioned firms which share the same parent company, advertise .44-caliber Magnum and .50-caliber “Desert Eagle” pistols — a product line that previously has been made in Israel.

Meanwhile, a senior Iranian lawmaker said Iran would consider a bill branding the U.S. military and the CIA as terrorist groups if the U.S. Congress passes a bill designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

Allaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, was quoted by Iranian state television as saying the move to further sanction the Revolutionary Guard goes against the 2015 nuclear deal Iran reached with the United States and other world powers.

The nuclear deal saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of some economic sanctions. In the time since, Chicago-based Boeing Co. has struck a $16.6 billion deal with Iran for passenger planes.

Tehran and Washington have had no diplomatic relations since 1979, when militant students stormed the U.S. Embassy and took 52 Americans hostages for 444 days. Tensions eased slightly with the nuclear deal struck by moderate President Hassan Rouhani’s administration, though hard-liners have detained those with Western ties in the time since.

Sunday’s sanctions announcement also comes ahead of a May presidential election in which Rouhani is expected to seek re-election.


Associated Press writers Jon Gambrell and Adam Schreck in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.

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Colt 1871-72 Open Top revolvers

Made by Colt Manufacturing Arms Company in Hartford, Connecticut c.1872-73 - based on the Richards-Mason conversion of older Colt revolvers - serial numbers 3010 & 2993 & 827.
.44RF Henry six-round cylinder, single action, side loading gate wih spring-loaded ejector rod. 

Developed as soon as metallic cartridge revolvers became patent-free, the Colt Open Top was at first intended to secure a military contract. Its failure to do so resulted in a short production span and the designing from the ground up of the Colt 1873 Single Action Army by the Richards-Mason duo.

.44 Henry rimfire cartridge

That’s what happens when people at the office don’t give me work to do. This time I made some vectors of the Arms Manufacturers of Xenoblade X. The purple one isn’t quite right, but oh well… u_u 

From left to right: Sakuraba Industries, Grenada Galactic Group, Meredith & Co. and Candid & Credible.

I finished this game earlier this month, and I already have 50 hours in my second playthrough. I have no life… send help! ó_ò

[EDIT] So this turned into a series… This is part 1!
Here’s my Xenoblade X series! : [Part 2] | [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6]


Pistolet Mle1777 2nd Type

Designed by Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval in 1777, made by the Manufacture d’Arme de St-Etienne c.1784-1792.
17,1mm/.67 ball, flintlock, single shot, smoothbore, belt hook.

Gribeauval pursued his quest for compactness and efficiency, this time not with artillery guns but cavalry pistols. The ramrod is stored deep in the stock, allowing the foregrip and barrel bands to be removed entirely, keeping the balance of the gun towards the hand of the soldier.
This system was later applied to a hussar carbine, the Mle1786.


The French MAS-36 bolt action rifle

By the mid 1930’s France’s stock of Lebel and Bethier rifles were beginning to show their age and obsolescence.  The French military wanted a new rifle that was shorter, more compact, and more importantly used a modernized rimless cartridge with a modern 5 round box magazine.  The government owned arms factory, Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS) created the MAS-36, a new bolt action rifle designed to bring the French Army into the modern era of warfare.

World War I was the dark ages when it came to bolt action rifle design in France. The official service rifle was the Berthier Mle 1907/15, which believe it or not utilized a 3 round magazine.  The Berthier was supplemented by the 1880’s vintage Lebel, an obsolete design which used an 8 round tube magazine which needed to be loaded one cartridge at a time. Although the Lebel was an aging design, French soldiers preferred its 8 round capacity to the Berthier’s pathetic 3 round capacity, despite the fact that it used an obsolete tube magazine. In the mid 1930’s it was high time for that the French adopted a new, modern bolt action rifle. The MAS-36 was designed with many of the mistakes of World War I in mind, and drew inspiration from other successful designs such as the German Mauser and British Lee Enfield.  It had  rear locking lugs that were resistant to dirt, new peep sights designed for common combat ranges, and a turned down bolt made to make working the action fairly easy. One interesting feature of the MAS-36 was its bolt handle, which was turned at a very sharp forward angle for a shorter and easier stroke action. Some soldiers, however, were not comfortable with this and bent the bolt into a more traditional angle.  Perhaps the most important feature of the MAS-36 was that it was chambered for 7.5x54 French, a new replacement for the older 8mm Lebel cartridge.  Overall while not pretty, the new rifle was accurate, tough, rugged, and reliable.

The MAS-36 was most notable for its use during World War II.  Unfortunately not enough could be produced to arm all French soldiers by the war’s start, so it served alongside the ancient Lebel and aging Berthier (both updated with a 5 round box magazine). A rare paratrooper carbine variant was also produced with a folding aluminum stock. After the fall of France the rifle was still used by Vichy French government, as well as Free French troops and resistance fighters.  Many were captured by the Germans and renamed the Gewehr 242f, which was used to arm some occupation forces, but mostly the Volksturm, Hitler’s civilian militia composed of old men and children.  After World War II the rifle continued to be used in France’s colonial wars, including Algeria and the Indochina China Wars.  By 1949 is was replaced with a semi-auto rifle called the MAS-49.


Pistolet Mle1763 Libreville

Made by the Manufacture d’Arme de Charleville during the French Revolution, or Libreville - freetown - as it was called back then c.1792-1801 - no serial number.
17,1mm/.67 ball, smoothbore single shot flintlock, iron fittings.

A third variant of the previously brass-fitted Mle1763 pistols, it’s unclear why the revolutionaries would be interested in bringing back this design in the 1790′s. What is clear however is their enthusiasm and lack of self-awareness when naming things.


Mousqueton Berthier Mle 1892/M16

Produced by the Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Etienne c.1917 - serial number 36773.
8x51mmR Lebel 5-round en-bloc/mannlicher clip, bolt action.

Originating from the French Algerian design of the Berthier Mle 1892 carbine, the Mle 1916 was the only five shot variant produced in significant number during World War 1, with over 800000 of them available in 1917.

Colt-Ehlers 1836 n°2 ‘Belt Model’ Baby Paterson percussion revolver

Manufactured between 1837 and 1842 by the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company of Paterson, New Jersey, designed by Samuel Colt in 1835.
.31 cap and ball, five-shots cylinder, folding trigger, Ehlers-type loading lever, rosewood grip.

These guns were assembled from the manufactured parts left over after Samuel Colt was ousted out of the company due to its bankruptcy in 1840. Major share-holder John Ehlers had the remaining Paterson sold between then and the advent of the Colt 1847 Walker. The cylinder features a drunk centaur waving guns around.


Fusil d’Infantrie Mle 1886 Modifié 1893 Modifié 1927 ‘Lebel’

Magazines manufactured by the Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Etienne -MAS- and retooling done by the Manufacture d’Armes de Châttellerault -MAC- while the final product was assembled by the Manufacture d’Armes de Tulle -MAT- all in France. Between 1133 and 1379 of these conversions were made between 1927 and sometime in the early 1930′s for the Mle 1924 and Mle 1929 new French military cartridges, switching out the obsolescent 8mm rimmed Lebel cartridge.
This complete overall of the Lebel however is due to the need to decrease its length more than changing its ammunition. Using a tubular 8-rounds magazine, cutting down the front of the rifle -seen with the R35 model- also cut down its rounds capacity down to three shots, which was an unacceptable standard by the Interwar era, hence the need for a box-magazine conversion.
This would however be abandoned for the simpler alternatives of building on the Berthier rifle whose original design already incorporated a box magazine, and later adopting an entirely new rifle, the MAS-36.

All of those are absurdly sturdy though.
We give our guns weird names, and it makes them grow stronger because of it.