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PPSh-41 submachine gun

Designed by Georgi Shpagin in the USSR c.1941 and manufactured in large quantities well into the 1960′s.
7,62x25mm Tokarev 71-round drum magazine or 35-round stick magazine, blowback select fire with selector switch located in front of the trigger.

With 6 million guns rolling out during WW2, the PPSh-41 smg was one of the work horses of the Soviet Union infantry.


TThe Lanchester Submachine Gun,

In 1940, in the early years of World War II the British Royal Air Force decided it wanted it’s own submachine gun for air field defense. Since Britain was in the midst of war and the evacuation of Dunkirk had occurred not long ago, there really was not the time or resources to design and produce a new weapon.  Thus designers decided to simply copy a tried and true design, a German submachine gun called the MP-28 designed by Hugo Schmeisser.  Named after George Herbert Lanchester of the Stirling Armaments Company, the Lanchester was quite different from the Sten.  Whereas the Sten was produced to be an economical weapon utilizing stamped sheet metal parts, the Lanchester was well made utilizing a carefully machined action and breech block.  One feature of the Lanchester that stands out is its brass magazine housing.  It also featured a bayonet mount and a heavy stock which utilizing shortened stocks from Lee Enfield bolt action rifles.

The Lanchester used either 32 or 50 round detachable magazines and was chambered for 9mm Luger.  They were produced in two models, the Mk.1 and the Mk.1*.  The Mk1* was a simplified version of the Mk1, with simpler sights and lacking a selector switch (thus it was fully automatic only).   Roughly 96,000 were produced, most of which were issued to the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy.  A number were also issued to the Royal Air Force as well.


Allen Ivanov told police he killed three people all due to jealousy over his broken romance with his ‘dream girl,’ court papers released on Monday reveal.

Anna Bui was ‘the first girl he ever kissed,’ he said.

The papers confirm that Ivanov, who is accused of killing three people at a midnight party in a million dollar home in affluent Mukilteo, Washington, was besotted with Bui, one of the three former students at Kamiak High School who were killed early on Saturday morning.

‘He said that he thought he needed some time to work on himself.

Ivanov appeared via video at a brief probable cause hearing in Superior Court in Everett on Monday. Looking haggard and wearing a green striped prison-issue top and green pants he said only one word ‘yes’ when told he must have no contact with the families of any of the four people he is alleged to have shot. Defense attorney Tim Leary made no application for bail after prosecutor Adam Cornell said the victims’ families did not wish to see him released

Ivanov, who court papers describe as 6 ft. 1in. and 140 lb., was charged with one count of aggravated murder, two of first degree murder and one of attempted first degree murder. ‘He said that after they broke up, he kept getting snaps from A.B. on Snapchat that he described as “hurtful.” He said that the “snaps” were photos of a drunk A.B. with a variety of girls. ‘He said the “snaps” did not show A.B. naked, but it showed that she was getting on with her life without him, which made him jealous.’

Ivanov and Bui, both 19, had dated for around 18 months, he told Ernst. After they broke up he realized he had made a mistake and wanted to get back with her. They were both due to start their sophomore year at the University of Washington at Bothell this month.

‘He said that in the past week he and A.B. had started to spend some time together. He thought things were going well and there was the potential that they were going to get back together. He said that during this time, he heard from people that A.B. was seeing other guys while the two of them were talking which made him angry.

Ivanov said he had bought the Ruger A-15 semi-automatic rifle about a week before the shootings. The papers do not say where he purchased the weapon.

‘He stated that it was his intention to use it for target practice, and he even scheduled a gun safety class that was going to start in early August,’ Ernst wrote in his report.

‘He admitted that to him, the rifle was a symbol of power.’

The day before the party, Bui had been out of town and Ivanov said he put the rifle in the trunk of his car, went to a quiet spot ‘and just sat.’

The following day he went to the Apple Store in Alderwood, where he worked on the Genius Bar but left early because he was not feeling well.

‘He said that he went to the Cabela’s in Marysville in order to buy a second magazine for the rifle. He stated that he would need two magazines for the class.

He turned up at the party house around 10 pm, parked and watched what was going on. ‘He said that he creeped up toward the house and saw [Anna] with another male and got angry.

‘He said that he returned to his car, read the instruction manual for the rifle, loaded the magazine, [laced the magazine in the rifle, and set the firle’s selector switch to “safe.”’

He then returned to the house creeping round the back and hiding near the living room windows.

‘Ivanov stated that while he was in his hiding place he was discovered by a male partygoer. The male said “No, no, no.” Ivanov stated that he was “scared,” he flipped the selector switch to fire and shot the male.

‘He stated that at that point it was too late to turn back and once he pulled the trigger the adrenaline kicked in.’

He went into the house, owned by fisherman Karl Bratvold, who was out of town for the weekend, found his girlfriend and shot her twice.

‘As he continued through the house, he saw through the front door another male running toward the house. He said that he shot that male.’

He then went up to the balcony and fired down at two more men in the driveway before going to the roof where he realized his magazine was empty.

‘He returned to his car and drove away,’ Ernst wrote.

Ernst said that a witness in Kentucky had spoken to cops saying that Ivanov had sent him text messages in the week before the shooting, saying he was going to commit a mass shooting.

Ivanov, 19, is being held on three counts of murder.


James River Armory M14

Smaller shop making M14 rifles from modern production receivers and barrels. Note the fake selector switch on the heel of the receiver. Almost every M14 manufacturer claims to have built their rifles to exact military specs, often citing that they had access to the original blueprints to do receiver casting and forging. The James River Armory M14′s cost much more than your standard Springfield Armory M1A. To the average gun owner the difference may be difficult to tell. (GRH)


Lemat pinfire carbine

Manufactured in Liège, Belgium c.1860′s, serial number 7.
11mm pinfire 9-shots cylinder revolving around a .54 percussion ‘grapeshot’ barrel. The selector switch on the hammer flips down to strike the shotgun part’s percussion cap.

This is probably one of the rarest variant of the 1856 LeMat revolver, save for perhaps the centerfire carbine.

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The Forgotten Sieg Rifle,

Invented in 1946 by Chief Gunners Mate James E. Sieg of the US Coast Guard, the Sieg rifle was one of those rare American bullpup designs.  Chambered in .30-06 and using a gas operated action, it could fire in semi automatic and fully automatic modes but lacked a selector switch.  Instead the Sieg rifle featured a double trigger system.  At fully automatic the rifle could fire at rates of 650-700 rounds per minute, and was fed from a 20 round detachable box magazine.  Perhaps its most astounding feature was its muzzle compensator, which could be turned off to use as a flash supressor or grenade launcher.  Most importantly the compensator was so efficient that it lightened the recoil to the point that a user could fire the weapon one handed.  To make the rifle snag resistant the Sieg featured gentle curving lines and both the front sight and rear sight were foldable.

The Sieg performed well at Army Ordnance tests at Fort Benning, it is unknown why it was never adopted.  The design faded into obscurity shortly afterwards.


When an AKSU met a SAF - both those rather exotic firearms are derivative from the original Kalashnikov assault rifle and seems to demonstrate some kind of Darwin’s finches evolution in space and time.

By Soviet TTT (тактико-технические требования) order number 008407 from 19.17.1973 a design competition (codenamed “Modern"—Модерн) was started for the adoption of a fully automatic carbine, no doubt inspired by observing the US experience in Vietnam with the XM177. The Soviet planners also drew from the unsolicited design AO-46 built in 1969 by Peter Andreevich Tkachev, which weighed only 1.9 kg. The TTT specifications required a weight no greater than 2.2 kg, a length of 75/45 cm with the stock unfolded/folded, and a muzzle velocity of at least 700 m/s. The competition was joined by designs of M.T. Kalashnikov (PP1), I.Y. Stechkin (TKB-0116), S.G. Simonov (AG-043), A.S. Konstantinov (AEK-958), and E.F. Dragunov (who called his model "MA”). Kalashnikov also presented an additional design (A1-75) which differed from PP1 by having a modified muzzle for flash and noise suppression. By 1977 the GRAU decided to adopt Kalashnikov’s model, which was largely a shortened AKS-74, because it was no worse than the competition in terms of performance and promised significant production cost savings by utilizing existing equipment for the AK-74 line. A final round of large scale testing with Kalashinkov’s model was performed by airborne divisions in the Transcaucasian Military District in March 1977. The AKS-74U (“U"—Russian: укороченный; Ukorochenniy, or "shortened”) was officially adopted in 1979, and given the official, but seldom used GRAU designation 6P26.[42]

The SAF is a blowback-operated select-fire gun, firing from a closed bolt. It is based on the Swiss SIG SG 540 assault rifle which was produced under license in Chile in the 1980s. In general the design is a shortened version of the SIG 540 rifle, but the rifle’s rotating bolt has been replaced with a simple blowback bolt. The SAF also has a bolt hold-open catch that engages after the final shot. Otherwise, the receiver, stock, fore-end, trigger/hammer assembly and floating firing pin design are from the SIG 540. The upper and lower receiver, as well as the trigger guard are steel, pistol grip and Handguards are all made from polymer. The ambidextrous safety/fire selector switch, as well as the interchangeability with SIG 552/553 handguards, is a feature found on the latest versions. Older versions used own handguards.

Given how my “Ring Of Fire” Post is taking off like a Ba 249 “Natter”, let’s do a double feature with another classic cheap gun. 

This is a TEC-DC9, specifically this is the version used by spree killer and absolute edgy teen idol Dylan Klebold in the infamous 1999 Columbine School massacre. And now we’re gonna see how a weapon intended for police and military sales became one of the firearm world’s twist of fate and one of the most iconic criminal guns.

The story begins with two men, George Kellgren and Carlos Garcia. Kellgren was a designer who worked for Husqvarna and Interdynamic AB and designed the TEC-9′s beginning, the MP-9. With milled and stamped steel components, horrible folding stock, foregrip and selector switch killed it on the absurdly tight Swedish market, so Interdynamic moved to Miami, Florida. Kellgren leaves to work with Grendel and founded Kel-Tec, explains a lot of Kel-Tec’s quality problems while Garcia tweaked the MP-9 and began selling it as the KG-9.

The first alarm bell rang and that was that the KG-9 was a semi-auto pistol with an open bolt. For those who don’t know, that meant that any illegal gunsmith could simply fiddle with the sear and make it a full-auto machine pistol, and that they did. KG-9′s were bought in spades, set to full auto and matched the MAC-10′s ludicrous 1,000 RPM in a caliber easily obtained with a number of magazine sizes from tiny 10 rounders to ridiculous 50 round stick mags.

In 1982, the ATF ordered Intratec to revise the design to a closed bolt system, and they did and renamed the gun the KG-99. At this time, Interdynamic changed names to the now infamously tainted Intratec, and the kingpin was born. The KG-99 was modified with better sights and dubbed, the TEC-9.

From 1985 to 1990, the TEC-9 was made, with a number of version with long and short barrels, satin nickel or black finishes, a slew of magazine sizes and muzzle extensions and suppressors for every need. The TEC-9 became common with Jamaican and Cuban gangs across Florida for it’s size, large magazine capacity and it’s similar look to the full-auto MP-9. And with the rise of modern crime dramas and gangster rap, they immortalized the TEC-9 as a powerful gat with stopping power. 

And with a large magazine and the rise of the spree killer came it’s usage in mass shootings. On January 27, 1989, 6 people were killed in the Cleveland Elementary School shooting, committed by drifter Patrick Purdy. With this, California passed the Robert-Roos Assault Weapon Control Act of 1989, banning a lot of guns more on name than actual criminal usage and the TEC-9 was one of them.

Intratec circumvented this by making the TEC-DC9, DC standing for Designed For California. With the only difference being a change in sling attachment point, the TEC-DC9 lasted until 1994. When it and the original TEC-9 were named in the now famously bad Assault Weapons Ban of 1994. Intratec continued with the AB-10, similar looking to the TEC-9 “mini” but with no thread for a muzzle cover or suppressor as those were too “threatening” for 90′s politicians.

And here comes the big two nails in the Intratec coffin, the Columbine shooting and the 101 California Street shooting. 101 was on July 1st of 1993 when 55-year-old failed entrepreneur Gian Luigi Ferry walked through the 34th floor of law firm Pettit & Martin and after being told to seek legal council with a firm in the Midwest, walked into an elevator, donned ear protection and drew out 2 TEC-DC9 pistols as well as a Norinco made 1911 copy. He then shot 8 people at the firm and then himself. This attack prompted the Crime Bill of 1994 and the AWB.

Columbine High School in 1999 is devastated when two student, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shoot 13 students before killing themselves. In their arsenal included a Hi-Point 995 Carbine, sawn off Savage 67F pump shotgun and 311R double barreled shotgun, around 99 pipe bombs and one TEC-DC9, that was famously captured in a CCTV image in the hands of Klebold following their shooting of the school’s cafeteria. This shooting devastated the nation, and whether it was news reports, documentaries made by fat waste of space or countless leaflets, the TEC-9 shows up.

With publicity due to these shootings, Intratec attempted to diversify with a number of other designs, such as the Glock style compact CAT-9 pistol, TEC-22 and TEC-38. But the media frenzy grabbed Intratec and soon every politician was claiming the CAT-9 was “a cross between an assault weapon and a saturday night special” over a tiny compact pistol. Typical politician bravado, Intratec folded in 2001 from infamy and a ton of lawsuits from the Clinton administration.

And that ends the tale of the TEC-9, from police SMG to gangland paradise to media sensation, whether it’s at a gunshow’s pistol rack, a Dominican drug runner’s gun of choice, a video game bullet hose or in a Biggie Smalls song, the TEC-9 will remain a gangster’s piece.


LeMat pinfire revolver

Manufactured under license in Liège, Belgium between 1863 and 1865, serial number 131.
9mm pinfire 9-rounds cylinder revolving around a .44 percussion grapeshot barrel. The selector switch flips the tip of the hammer down to hit the percussion cap of the shotgun part.

A very few number of LeMats were produced, reportedly less than a thousand, and this example is only made rarer by its European provenance.

Germany's Last Ditch Weapons --- The Desperation Weapons of the Volkssturm

By the end of 1944 it was clear that Germany was going to lose World War II.  The United States had beaten back Germany’s offensive in the Ardennes, while the Soviets were calling on Germany’s back door.  In desperation, Hitler and the Nazi’s formed a special militia unit called the Volkssturm, citizen soldiers who would serve as Germany’s last line of defense.  Since most men of fighting age had already been drafted into the military, most of the Volkssturm was comprised of old men and children.

 Due to a shortage of weapons, the Volkssturm was often equipped with inferior and second hand weapons.  Often they were armed with foreign weapons captured during the war, with little ammunition available.  However Germany also produced a line of desperation weapons; indigenous weapons specifically made to arm the Volkssturm.  Such weapons were crudely built, manufactured to be somewhat functional while requiring a few resources and manpower to manufacture.  

The VG1 

Produced by Walther, the VG-1 would have been an excellent rifle if it had been made with quality.  The VG-1 was a simple bolt action rifle made a cheaply as possible.  The stock was hastily carved and unfinished, often lacking a buttplate. Sights were fixed and unadjustable, being sighted in for only 100 meters.  While standard Kar98k rifle used by the regular military used 5 round fixed magazine, the VG-1 utilized a 5 round detachable magazine produced from K43 parts.  While this might seem like an advantage, in reality it was not a the rifle was so poorly made it was difficult to remove the magazine.  Most were only issued with one magazine, and Volkssturm were trained to load it with stripper clips.  Interesting, as part of Germany’s cost cutting measures, the bolt handle lacks a knob.  Barrels were typically factory rejects or salvaged barrels from shot out machine guns.  As a result of this the VG-1 had substandard accuracy which hampered it practicality.  They were chambered in 8X57 Mauser and 8mm Kurz (7.92X33). Overall the VG1 served it purpose.  While crude and substandard it was still a functional firearm.  They cost $5 a piece to make.

The VG-2

The VG-2 was an improvement upon the VG1, with many features in common including a detachable five round magazine.  However the main difference was that the VG-2 used a receiver produced of stamped metal, whereas the VG-1 used a milled receiver.  The VG-2 also increased production by using salvaged stocks Kar 98K rifles for the buttstock and forearm.  Like the VG-1 the VG-2 was often manufactured using factory reject or shot out barrels, hence accuracy suffered.  Incredibly, the VG-2’s bolt handle came complete with a knob.

The VK-98

The simplest of Volkssturm weapons, the VK-98 was a simple rifle which used the venerated 98 Mauser action, most of which were salvaged from other firearms.  It was as simple as a rifle could get and was made to be a functional firearm at its most basic level.  Again, the stock was typically solid hardwood, hastily carved into shape and commonly lacking finish.  It had no buttplate and the barrel was fashioned into place with only two pins.  The barrel was typically a shot out barrel salvaged from an older rifle, or a factory reject.  Sight were fixed and were nonadjustable.  All over the rifle and stock can be found tool marks from the rifle’s production, left glaring and unfinished.  Worst yet, the VK-98 lacked a magazine.  It was single shot only, with the user manually loading a cartridge after each shot.  The VK-98 fired the 8mm Kurz cartridge, the same cartridge used by the famous STG-44 assault rifle.  It was hoped that the light cartridge would be easier to fire by old men and children who had little firearms experience.

The Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr 1-5

During World War II, the Germans created the STG-44, an assault rifle which utilized fine engineering, quality materials, and quality manufacturing.  Then they came up with the Volkssturmgewehr, which was the antithesis of the STG-44.  The Volkssturmgewehr was similar in conception to the STG-44; an assault rifle using an intermediate cartridge (8mm Kurz) which was a compromise between a submachine gun and a high power rifle.  The Volkssturmgewehr, however, was the Volkssturm’s assault rifle, made to be cheap and easy to produce.  Like other Volkssturm weapons, it was produced from substandard materials using substandard workmanship.  It was simple and functional (barely), but little else.  Most of the weapon was produced from stamped sheet metal.  The stock and furniture was salvaged from other firearms.  The magazine was a regular 30 round STG-44 magazine.  Some variants included a wooden pistol grip, most didn’t.  Unlike the STG-44, it could fire in full auto mode only, it did not have a semi auto selector switch, nor did it have a safety. Sights again were non-adjustable.  

While having a fully automatic assault rifle may seem like an advantage during WWII, in reality it was a terrible liability.  Unlike the STG-44, accuracy with the Volkssturmgewehr was terrible.  Due to its poor workmanship and use of substandard metals, it also suffered from poor reliability, was vulnerable to dust, dirt, and moisture, and broke down easily.  Around 10,000 were produced.

The Volkssturm and their weapons could do little to stem the tide of the Allied onslaught.  After World War II, most Volkssturm weapons were melted down as scrap metal.  Few soldiers took them as war trophies, seeing them as worthless junk.  Today surviving Volkssturm weapons are highly collectible and can be valued at thousands of dollars due to their rarity and novelty.

anonymous asked:

Hello!! Can you tell me a bit about the different types of common guns that people use, and how they differ/which one is best for what situation? For example, what type of gun might a hitman has, as opposed to a beginner who's owning a gun for the first time for daily life self-defense?

Firearms are really like any other modern consumer product. You split them up by manufacturer and model. Individual companies will sell different products, and different takes on very specific products. Just like how Ford and Honda have different ideas on what a mid-sized sedan should look like, S&W and SIG Sauer have very different ideas about what a service pistol should look like.

The only big wrinkle here is “pattern” weapons. These are firearms that were adopted by the US military, the patents were sold, and as a result, anyone who wants (and has the appropriate licenses to manufacture firearms) can produce an M4/M16 pattern rifle, M1911 pattern handgun, or any number of designs that are publicly available. These are a little different because you don’t usually have cases in other industries where multiple manufacturers can produce finished goods off the same schematics.

And, yes, the different manufacturers have different ideas on what the best features on a gun should be. Walther and Glock both think that having as few controls as possible on a handgun is ideal, because it means there’s less that can snag on clothing when you’re drawing a pistol. In contrast, H&K thinks that large easily accessible controls you can operate while wearing gloves are the better option. There isn’t a right answer here, by the way, it’s elements of personal opinion, that fit what you, as an individual, are looking for.

When you’re a new buyer, the biggest impediment will, usually, be cost. There’s a lot of very cheap pistols on the market, but with many of them you get what you pay for. The companies I just listed to make excellent firearms, but you can expect to spend at least $600 for their pistols. Someone who’s just starting out may see something like a cheap revolver from some off brand manufacturer, and go for that instead.

When you’re asking, what the right weapon is, then it’s a bit wider.

Handguns are primarily useful in very close quarters, when you need to be able to fully conceal the weapon, or when you need to have the weapon on you at all times, but don’t expect to actually use it.

Submachineguns are the next step up, these still use pistol rounds, are larger, heavier, and fully automatic. Again, they’re useful in close quarters when you expect to actually use them and don’t mind carrying the extra weight.

Shotguns are highly versatile. Usually these are assumed to be loaded with varieties of shot (small metal balls), though they can be loaded with anything from beanbag rounds, up through impact grenades. (I’m not aware of any air-burst FRAG-12s, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.) TAZER even makes shock slugs, designed to incapacitate the target through the same means as a stun gun. Seriously, there’s a stupid range of things you can load into a shotgun. Depending on what’s been loaded in it, these can be accurate at up to 100 meters. Buckshot can still reliably put someone down at 30m. The image of these as scatter guns that hit everything in the general vicinity of downrange just doesn’t mesh with reality.

Rifles come in an absurd range of variations. Hunting and precision rifles can put a round where you want them at pretty much any range. High power rifles have an effective range of ~600m, and a theoretical maximum range of ~1.2km. Rifles in the .50 range are usually intended for neutralizing vehicles. Put a round from one of those into the engine block of a truck, and it’s not going anywhere for awhile. So, sadly, all those video games, that gave you a .50 as your final sniper rifle were misleading you. Varmint rifles will sometimes chamber as low as .22 or .223. In spite of that, this is still more than enough to kill a person.

Automatic weapons work off the basic idea that if you’re putting holes in someone, throwing a few extra in the general direction, to make sure at least one gets the job done is probably a good idea, or alternately, if none of them can get the job done alone, maybe teamwork can prevail. Automatic fire patterns work at short to mid range, they take some skill and training to use effectively, and don’t usually shine at long range. But, almost every automatic weapon out there does have a selector switch to set it back down to semi-auto. Note: “almost,” there are a few exceptions. So just because someone has an assault rifle, doesn’t mean they can’t use it for precision shots.

This is the hard part with a question like this, ultimately, firearms are designed to be as versatile as possible. So, if you have an M4 pattern rifle, you can use it for long range shots (up to about 300m), you can use it in close quarters, you can use it at pretty much any range in between. You just can’t hide it under a sweatshirt.

When you’re asking, what’s the best weapon for this character? That’s actually a very complex question to explain for all possible situations.

But, a couple things to keep in mind.

Don’t give your trained characters lasers sights. These things are basically an amusing toy, not the tool of a professional. They’re very useful for inexperienced shooters that haven’t spent enough time on the range, and are in a situation where they’re an inch off panicking. A professional assassin will not get any value from one. Someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, and wants to pretend they’re an assassin might, however.

Don’t dual wield pistols. Seriously, it’s stupid, stop it. You will waste ammo and not hit what you were aiming at.

Suppressors are real, you can buy them (in most states), and they’re actually pretty useful at keeping the gunshots down to a level you can actually hear over. (You should still be wearing ear protection, as a general safety step anyway, but suppressors help.)

What they do not do is silence a gunshot. What suppressors actually do is reduce the amount of sound the gun produces when fired. This can be the difference between being able to hear the gunshot 100m away and not, but if you’re in the same room, you’re going to hear the gun going off either way.

So, the guy, sneaking around guards at arm’s length, and picking them off with a silenced pistol? Yeah, no, the guards will hear that. James Bond, and Solid Snake, and Sam Fisher are all equally screwed in that regard.

And, an old favorite, “sniper rifle” is basically a marketing term. The term is more descriptive to how you’re using a rifle, it’s not a special class of firearm. If your character needs to pick people off a block or two away, pretty much any reasonably accurate rifle with a scope will get the job done. Even a selective fire automatic rifle, like the H&K G3, or an M4/M16 pattern rifle.

A lot of firearms companies do market sniper rifles. In nearly every case they’re either putting another weapon in their product line through a little additional QA, or slightly modifying an existing product, and saying, “all new now.”


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Big news from FNH USA. Pretty soon the M4, M16, and M249 rifles will be available on the civilian market. The new M249S is a semiautomatic version of the Squad Automatic Weapon used by the US Military. Asides from only being able to fire semi auto the new weapon is unchanged an can fire linked belts or AR-15 magazines. Also the new “Military Collector”M16 and M4 rifles are exactly the same as those produced for the US Military save for the selector switch only going to semi-auto. For those who are into military firearms it doesn’t get much better. Also M249S at the show is a very early tesst model which the were not taking out of the case, when I asked about possible MSRP I was told to expect something in the 9K range.     


LeMat pinfire revolver

Designed by Eugène Jean Alexandre Le Mat in 1856, manufactured in Liège, Belgium between 1863 and 1865, serial number 3214.
12mm pinfire 9-shots cylinder revolving around a 20 gauge percussion ‘grapeshot’ barrel firing a three parts lead projectile. The selector switch flips down to hit the percussion cap of the shotgun barrel.

Not a lot of pinfire LeMats were produced but in my opinion they’re the most stylish of them all.

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Pistola ConCaricato

Manufactured in Italy in the early 20th century, serial number 1, likely a prototype that failed to pique anyone’s interest.
.25ACP/6,35x16mmSR, 18 rounds cylinder loaded with moon clips, three barrels, top break action and shrouded hammer.

This bulky contraption features a selector switch acting not only as a safety but as a way to fire either single one of the three barrel or all three at once. For what purpose, no one can tell. I assume concaricato is Italian for ‘overloaded’.

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James River Armory M21

An accurized sniper rifle variant of the M14. Note the fake selector switch. M21′s usually incorporate glass bedded stocks, National Match parts and other modifications to squeeze a bit more accuracy without using heavy weight barrels. It’s also got a removable and adjustable Bradley Cheek Rest/Riser. Some M21′s have a integral cheek riser built into the wooden stocks. (GRH)


Sage EBR M1A

A drop in chassis for the Springfield Armory M1A, it modernizes the original platform. The Sage EBR however does not fit with certain configurations; if you want to install a heavier barrel, you have to buy the correct model chassis since they aren’t universal to all M14 variations. Although all Sage EBR’s have the cut-out for the selector switch, they also sell a plug to cover it up for civilian semi-auto rifles. (GRH)