belgian weapons

XIII, Pistol

-Here is a game that is not talked about enough. XIII (as in 13) was a Ubisoft shooter based on a Blegian comic book series. It had a comic book look, with it’s cell shaded visuals. Which at the time was still a bit of novelty. 

The game doesn’t have a ton of great reloads, but I do like this pistol reload. Simpe but effective. He actually loads in a magazine and pulls the slide back. It just looks nice. (Also play XIII, it’s cool.)

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July 7, 1997 - Rémy Lecrenier killed his former girlfriend Vinciane Tellier, and her mother & two sisters  with a crossbow and a Colt-45 at their family home,  50 miles from Brussels. The young belgian is a weapons freak and karate expert who became angry after his girlfriend had met another man. Vinciane was found dead in her bedroom. Her two younger sister were found in their bedroom. They were naked and one had been sexually assaulted. The mother was found in the garage. Following his girlfriend killing, Rémy  left a note on the fridge for the parents saying “You daughter drives me crazy.” before escaping. He was arrested four days later close to St-Tropez. 

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime…
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.
—  –Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est, circa 1917-18
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Nagant M1895 revolver with Bramit device

Designed by Emile Nagant c.1895 and manufactured c.1930′s in the USSR.
7,62x38mmR seven-shot cylinder, double action, gas seal achieved by the cylinder moving in contact with the barrel’s rear end, with the cartridge’s neck bridging the final gap, soviet Bramit-type suppressor, side loading gate and extended spring-loaded ejector rod.
That’s what high-tech looked like in the early 20th century, damn good.

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Browning High-Power pistols

Manufactured by Fabrique Nationale Herstal in Belgium c.1950′s - serial number of the bottom one 72C50445.
9mm Parabellum 13-round removable box magazine, short recoil semi-automatic, Renaissance grade factory engravings, fakeass pearl grips.

Fun fact, the FN Browning Hi-Power was originally designed to answer the French military trials of the 1920-30′s, but lost to the indigenous Mle1935 pistols.

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Warnant prize revolver

Manufactured by J. Warnant in Liege, Belgium for a shooting contest in Saumur, France c.1877 - serial number 5109.
11mm73 six-round cylinder, top break double action, star ejector.
This revolver was won by Marie Joseph Chatelain, a future WW1 French general. Marksmanship contests were very common during the Belle Epoque, and gave rise to a number of fancy small arms being made in standard issue calibers - like the revolver 11mm73 round for the MAS Mle1873 revolver - to be won in them.

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Russian Galand M1870 boarding revolver

Designed by Charles François Galand c.1868 in Paris, adopted by the Russian Navy c.1870 and manufactured by the Nagant brothers in Liege, Belgium thereafter - ship rack number 727.
11mm Perrin six-round cylinder, double action, break action with automatic disc ejector, saw handle grip and reins trigger guard.

I love the era in which you had “boarding revolvers”.

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Lefaucheux Mle1854 revolving carbine

Manufactured in Liège c.1850~60′s - serial number 27.
12mm pinfire six-round cylinder, double action, side-loading gate with manual ejector rod, removable skeleton stock, 45cm long barrel.

It’s very interesting to see blueing on a Lefaucheux, thank you Belgium for your complete disregard for patent laws.

Nagant M1895 revolver

Designed by Belgian gunsmith and industrialist Léon Nagant for the Russian Empire, manufactured c.1895 up to the 1930′s in the USSR.
7,62x38mmR seven-shot cylinder, double action, gas seal achieved by the cylinder moving in contact with the barrel’s rear end, with the cartridge’s neck bridging the final gap.

A very interesting revolver that was safer to handle, and most notoriously capable of being used with Maxim’s new suppressor when those came onto the market. Very few revolvers can be ‘silenced’ that way.

A Nagant revolver fitted with a suppressor encompassing its barrel.

Nagant M1895 revolver

Designed by Belgian gunsmith and industrialist Léon Nagant for the Russian Empire, manufactured c.1895 up to the 1930′s in the USSR.
7,62x38mmR seven-shot cylinder, double action, gas seal achieved by the cylinder moving in contact with the barrel’s rear end, with the cartridge’s neck bridging the final gap.
Double the gas seal !

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FN Baby Browning pistol

Designed by Dieudonné Saive c.1926-27 and manufactured by the Fabrique Nationale Herstal c.1931-today - serial number 295563.
.25ACP/6,35x17mmSR 6-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic, Renaissance-grade engravings, gold-plated trigger.

A successor to the FN M1905, basically a necessary step up to leave all the Spanish copies in the dust.

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Gasser patent ‘Dragoon’ revolver

Manufactured probably by a member of the extensive Warnant family of gunsmiths for the Montenegrin market c.1910′s - serial number 3.
11,2x36mmR Werndl six-round cylinder, top break double action, full-ring ejector much like on a Galand revolver.

There was a niche but consistant market for saddle revolvers back in the days. Fucking millenials ruined that of course.

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Belgian wall gun

Manufactured in Liège, Belgium c.1866 - serial number 21.
.75/19mm caliber barrel with hexagonal rifling, removable percussion breechblock, skeleton pistol grip.

Hexagonal rifling uses a similarly hexagonal bullet to impart spin, instead of taking a round bullet and squishing it against regular rifling by shooting it. This weapon would have had a considerable accuracy and power which we can only assume Belgian soldiers used to hunt dinosaurs.

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US Indian Police 1889 shotgun

Manufactured by Royal Gunworks Belgium c.1889 for the Rosebud Indian Agency of the Sioux reservation in South Dakota.
12 gauge centerfire, twin barrels, brass tack decorated, police badge plate on the stock.

I just learned that reservations have their own police force, the more you know.

Lefaucheux-type revolver

Manufactured c.1860-70′s in Belgium or France.
7mm pinfire six-round cylinder, single action with folding trigger, brass frame and butt, fancy horn grips and extensive engravings.

Note the little notch in the frame under the cylinder on these revolvers, here to allow the eponymous pins extending from the cartridges to travel freely.

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FN 1910/22 “Queen Wilhelma” Dutch contract

Designed by John M. Browning, manufactured by FN Herstal c.1922-83.
.380ACP/9x17mm Browning Auto 8-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic, grip and manual safeties.

The 1922 model featured an extended barrel, slide and grip, the latter allowing for two rounds of extra capacity. It was designed with police and military contracts in mind, scoring more than half a dozen of them for various countries - in this case, the Netherlands.