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Canon de 27cm Mle 1870

Used in battleships and coast defenses c.1870~1918.
274mm caliber 216kg shells, 434m/s muzzle velocity giving it an estimated 300mm of penetration in wrought iron armor at combat range, breech-loading single shot.

Picture taken c.1885 by Gustave Bourgain onboard a Colbert-class French ironclad, below the center battery.

Note the boarding weapons on racks on the left side of the picture, including cutlasses and Lefaucheux Mle1858 revolvers. The Colbert-class ironclads were also armed with, beside a variety of other naval guns, more than a dozen Hotchkiss 37mm revolving cannons, four 356mm torpedo tubes and a ram.

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The Lebel Mle. 1886 M93 R35,

Even up to the 1930’s the French Army had vast stores of Lebel rifles, an aging bolt action firearm which originated in 1886.  However the French did not merely want to sell or scrap the rifle, but put them to some use.  A common policy of the French Army in the 20th century was to hold on to weapons no matter how old or obsolete they were.

In 1935 the French Army commissioned a program to shorten many older Lebel rifles in carbines for artillery units, rear echelon units, reserves, police, and colonial forces.  Conversion of the rifle to a carbine was simple, they merely shortened the barrel down to 18 inches and adjusted the length or the forward stock.  Of course this conversion came at a cost.  The Lebel did not have a box magazine but rather a tubular magazine.  Shortening it reduced its magazine capacity to only 3 rounds.  In addition, the R35 still used the aging 8mm Lebel cartridge (8x51R), even though the French Army had adopted the 7.5x54 French.  

The R35 Lebel saw limited used during World War II.  Around 50,000 conversions were produced.

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MAS Mle 36 rifle

Made by the Manufacture d’Armes de St-Etienne c.1937-52 - serial number 90889.
7,5x54mm MAS Mle1929 five-round internal magazine, Lebel style all-steel receiver, peep sights, spike-bayonet stored under the barrel.

Also known by me as the hunchback Lebel, this gun is up there with the very best bolt action rifles ever made thanks to its toughness.

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The Toy Water Guns of Entertech

Entertech was a subsidiary company of LJN, most popularly (or infamously) known for making low quality video games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, many of which were based on popular movies in the 1980′s. While LJN is known for their video games, in actuality most of their business came from the production and distribution of toys.  During the 1980′s, they made several lines of action figures and many other toys that were very popular, making LJN a powerhouse in the toy industry.

In 1985, the company MCA Inc bought out LJN, which gave LJN the power to buyout smaller toy companies and create several subsidiary companies.  One of these companies was Entertech, founded shortly after the MCA buyout.  Entertech invented and produced a line of children’s water guns that went above and beyond the water gun technology of the day. Rather than just being your typical squirt gun, Entertech’s guns used a battery powered motor to pump and fire the war.  In addition, Entertech’s guns used detachable magazine’s filled with water, making loading realistic to a real firearm. With the electric pump, the toy guns could fire fully automatic, with a rate of around 60 squirts per minute with a range of around 30 feet. Several models were produced, made to resemble common military firearms such as assault rifles, submachine guns, machine pistols, rocket launchers, grenade launchers,shotguns, and pistols.

Entertech’s slogan was “The look! The feel! The sound, so real!” Problem was, the guns did look very real, especially with it’s matte black finish. In a few incidents, teenagers toting the toy guns were shot by police who mistook them for the real thing. Some other incidents occurred in which robbers armed with the water guns robbed stores and banks. As a result, states and local governments passed laws banning toy guns that looked like real firearms, mandating they were finished in bright colors or had an orange barrel cap so that they could stand out.  Entertech attempted to remedy the situation by finishing their water guns in different colors, or with blaze orange caps. However by then, the damage had been done. Entertechs sales decreased by 79%.

In 1990 Acclaim Entertainment purchased LJN, and decided to reduce LJN to video game production and distribution only. As a result, Entertech was sold in September of 1990, and eventually dissolved. LJN’s run as video game produced was short, as Nintendo only authorized licensed game developers to produce five games a year. LJN was eventually folded into Acclaim in 1995, and thus LJN ceased production of crappy NES game. Inexplicably, Acclaim produced a game with the LJN name brand in 2003, called Spirit of Speed 1937. It was the last LJN title.

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Do we even want to know where you got a tank?

It’s actually not as exciting as you may have anticipated. In Russia, the government takes strikeball or “Airsoft” at the competitive level pretty seriously. Since all men in Russia are obligated to a brief period of military service, and firearms are difficult to (legally) acquire (although, incidentally, it’s easier to acquire firearms here illegally than it is to legally rent a saxophone) the government likes when people take it upon themselves to simulate military operations. The team I’m with during my time here is one of the most politically powerful in the region, with official support from the Russian Ministry of Defense who give them access to training grounds used by the military, abandoned military “объекты” and in the case of some simulations, lend them a segment of a motorised brigade to help run the operation along with a few dozen tanks and armored personnel carriers. As a foreigner who’s gained esteem with this team, I will be spending this weekend camping out with them, riding tanks, shooting modern Russian military rifles, chatting with Russian soldiers and genuinely promoting cooperation between our militaries. In the near future, there is a good chance our militaries could be directly cooperating but since there is very little training for American soldiers dealing with Russian soldiers and vice versa, and given my experience, degrees, and existing connections, I’m hoping to get access to one of these jobs to better promote counter terrorism efforts between the two.

TLDR: I hang out with the Russian military sometimes so they won’t assume Americans are all as dickish as trump.