The greatest guns that never were... For every gun that becomes a household name, there's one that falls by the wayside of martial history. We all know the famous successes – but what about the weapons that were too expensive, too eccentric, or just too advanced for their time? And what if history had swung a slightly different way to bring one of those lost guns into production instead? Would... [click here for more]
Fine Old World craftsmanship...
The bolt-action rifle was the infantry rifle of choice for the first decades of the 20th century; the assault rifle for the last. Between these two eras, though, a different and lethal breed of firearm ruled the battlefield. No plastic-clad poodle-shooters or effete science fiction props, the battle rifles of the early Cold War were solid, sturdy, and lethal.... [click here for more]
Small but mighty... The pistol-caliber carbine occupies an awkward tactical niche. Not as compact as a pistol, not as powerful as a rifle, and lacking a submachine gun's automatic fire... what's to recommend it? How about virtually no recoil, man-killing accuracy out to 200 meters, the same ammo and magazines as your sidearm, and civilian-legal purchase around the world – all in a lightweight... [click here for more]
White Hats and Black Rifles
Since its inception in the early years of the Cold War, the M16 has become one of the most ubiquitous assault rifles in the world. In American service, its longevity is unmatched by any other rifle - and precious few other infantry weapons. Its modularity enables both civilian and military users to adapt it to a wide variety of roles, from long-range competition to intense... [click here for more]
The battle does not always go to the big guns... The first rule of gunfighting is to have a gun. Sure, a shotgun is an "I Win" button at close quarters and a sniper rifle lets you reach out and touch someone from a half-mile away, but there are times when you just can't carry a shoulder arm. Hostage negotiations, formal occasions, first dates, undercover assignments,... [click here for more]