Machine Gun Memorabilia - Volume 2, Number 4

Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 2, Number 4

French made overseas cap made for U.S. forces in a style called a ‘Belgium Hat.’ It is unlined and a simple rectangle construction. Sewn to…

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Machine Gun Memorabilia - Volume 2, Number 3

Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 2, Number 3

Polish superior machine gun marksmanship sleeve badge. Brass image of five rounds on a machine gun belt. Sewn on sleeve, this was used in the…

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Machine Gun Memorabilia - Volume 2, Number 2

Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 2, Number 2

Canadian machine gun officer’s gold gilt cap badge. Very early World War I version with crossed Maxim machine guns (rather than the later crossed Vickers…

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Machine Gun Memorabilia - Volume 2, Number 1

Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 2, Number 1

U.S. World War II transit poster ‘They also serve, who buy WAR BONDS 7th War Loan‘ by Phil Lyford, 1945. Oblong full color poster showing…

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Is it Time to Go Metric for Small Arms?

Is it Time to Go Metric for Small Arms?

Harrington & Richardson produced inch-system FN FAL (T48). When I answered the phone, I could sense the frustration in his voice. The caller was a…

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Defense Services Asia 2010

Defense Services Asia 2010

Defense Services Asia is one of the premier Asian trade shows for defense items and services in Asia. Held biennially in even numbered years, the…

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Interview with Buddy Howells (Grandson of Col. George M. Chinn)

Interview with Buddy Howells (Grandson of Col. George M. Chinn)

George Kontis and Buddy Howells visit Cave House in 2010. (George Kontis) On April 11, 2010, I traveled to Harrodsburg, KY where I met with…

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BSDA 2010: Black Sea Defence & Aerospace

BSDA 2010: Black Sea Defence & Aerospace

With the addition of Romania to the European Union in 2007, the EU stretched from the North Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, from the Atlantic…

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IWA 2010

IWA 2010

The 37th annual International Trade Fair for Hunting and Sporting Arms, Outdoor Articles and Accessories, was held in Nürnberg, Germany, from March 12-15, 2010. Formerly…

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Enter the REPR: LWRC Enters the Precision .308 Market

Enter the REPR: LWRC Enters the Precision .308 Market

The industry has seen much change over the last 10 to 15 years in caliber as well as weapon revivals. In the mid 1950s the…

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U.S. Automatic Machine Rifle Model of 1909

U.S. Automatic Machine Rifle Model of 1909

The Automatic Machine Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1909 – also known as the “Benét-Mercié.” Weighing in at about 30 pounds it was considered a…

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SpecOps East Warfighter Expo 2010

SpecOps East Warfighter Expo 2010

Tony Musa of Glock made sure that attendees did not bypass the Gen4 as just another Glock. The system features a dual recoil spring and…

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Guns & Gear of the U.S. Navy's Riverine Forces (Part Two)

Guns & Gear of the U.S. Navy’s Riverine Forces (Part Two)

10 April 2009, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. A Riverine Patrol Boat executes a low speed turn in preparation for another pass in support of the…

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Dr. Dater's LMO Suppressor Class

Dr. Dater’s LMO Suppressor Class

Each of the students had a chance to test-fire various weapons and suppressors on the range day of the class. Affable, cheerful and humorous, the…

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Eurosatory 2010

Eurosatory 2010

Eurosatory 2010 was held at the Parc du Exposition, located outside of Paris, France on June 14-18, 2010.  As one of the largest tradeshows in…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 4

International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 4

Previous articles regarding UN gun control measures have warned of current and pending actions at the United Nations that threaten to limit, or control an…

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Elite Iron Suppressors

Elite Iron Suppressors

Elite Iron introduces the new Bravo SD, Sierra SD and SEAR sound suppressors.  Based on real world input, the Elite Iron Bravo SD sound suppressor…

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The HammerHead Assault Rifle Tool

The HammerHead Assault Rifle Tool

The Hammerhead Rifle Tool Company released its HammerHead Assault Rifle Tool.  The tool is designed for multiple uses on the AR-15/M16 and M4 as well…

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Camelbak's Squadbak

Camelbak’s Squadbak

CamelBak introduces the SquadBak, eliminating the need for awkward and inefficient jerry cans in the field.  Whether hanging in the barracks, an armored vehicle or…

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Industry News: Volume 2, Number 4

Industry News: Volume 2, Number 4

Maryland Probation Officer Convicted of Export Violations Emenike Charles Nwankwoala, a 49-year-old resident of Laurel, Maryland, pleaded guilty to charges that he exported shotguns, pistols…

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IDEF 2009

IDEF 2009

Agencija Alan presented the latest and reportedly final version of the Type VHS assault rifle. This rifle is 5.56x45mm in a bullpup configuration using gas…

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FIDAE 2010

FIDAE 2010

23mm gun turret on Chinese made ZFB05 APC. The Defence Aviation and Space Fair (FIDAE) is today one of the most important military events in…

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The Swiss MG11 Maxim Machine Gun

The Swiss MG11 Maxim Machine Gun

Overall right-hand view of the MG11. Hiram Maxim was born in the United States in 1840.  His genius lay in his ability to grasp the…

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LMT's Monolithic Rail Platform

LMT’s Monolithic Rail Platform

At SHOT Show 2004, a new black rifle was introduced that was not just a copy of the standard design that most of the industry…

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Brugger & Thomet's MP9 in 6.5x25 CBJ

Brugger & Thomet’s MP9 in 6.5×25 CBJ

The phone call from Carl Bertil Johansson in early summer 2009 came out of the blue.  The founder of the Swedish company CBJ Tech had…

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Ammunition Mecca in Middle America: A Visit to the Lake City Ammunition Plant

Ammunition Mecca in Middle America: A Visit to the Lake City Ammunition Plant

Freshly loaded .50 BMG rounds. Each color used to seal the primers represents a separate loading machine, allowing defective rounds to be tracked back to…

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Serbia's Tactical Training Team

Serbia’s Tactical Training Team

Tactical attendee live firing the M55A3 triple barreled 20mm anti-aircraft machine gun in the ground anti-material roll. This weapon system is highly portable, and provides…

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Guns & Gear of the U.S. Navy's Riverine Forces (Part One)

Guns & Gear of the U.S. Navy’s Riverine Forces (Part One)

Note: Part Two of this article is available here. The “Brown Water Navy” is back in force and elements of Captain Kruger’s command have been…

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Expomil 2009

Expomil 2009

The TR-85 M1 tank from Romania has a crew of four. It’s armed with a rifled 100mm cannon that has a maximum rate of fire…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 3

International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 3

On Tuesday, January 19, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release announcing the arrest of 22 individuals on allegations of violating the…

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The Ohio Ordnance Works M240 Select-Fire Trigger Group

The Ohio Ordnance Works M240 Select-Fire Trigger Group

Ohio Ordnance Works Inc. (OOW) in Chardon, Ohio, USA, has been working on machine guns for over three decades and transitioned into government contracting in…

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The SIG P522

The SIG P522

SIG recently released the SIG P522, a pistol version of the SIG 522 rifle.  Built around the full sized P556 pistol as a guide, the…

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The Nikon M-223 Line of Riflescopes

The Nikon M-223 Line of Riflescopes

Recognizing the popularity of AR rifles, Nikon developed a new line of riflescopes built to deliver extreme speed, accuracy and shooting confidence.  The M-223 line…

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Winchester's lead-free .223 Remington bullet

Winchester’s lead-free .223 Remington bullet

Winchester Ammunition is taking varmint hunting to a new level, using fragmenting copper core technology to incorporate a lead-free .223 Remington bullet in the Ballistic…

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The Gunvault AR MagVault

The Gunvault AR MagVault

GunVault unveiled the AR MagVault, a revolutionary new way to keep an AR rifle secure. The unique design allows the lock to fit within the…

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Industry News: Volume 2, Number 3

Industry News: Volume 2, Number 3

New Requirements for Commodity Jurisdiction Requests The U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (State/DDTC) has posted a message on its website that…

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The S.H.O.T. Heard 'Round the World: An Insider's Guide to Sales Agent Selection

The S.H.O.T. Heard ‘Round the World: An Insider’s Guide to Sales Agent Selection

After two and a half years, the U.S. Department of Justice culminated a major bribery investigation by arresting 22 individuals in the small arms industry,…

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AUSA 2009

AUSA 2009

The Association of the United States Army held its annual meeting on October 5-7, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC.  As…

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NDIA 2010: Chinn & Hathcock Award Winners

NDIA 2010: Chinn & Hathcock Award Winners

2010 NDIA Chinn Award: Frank Puzycki Each year at the NDIA Small Arms Annual Meeting, the George M. Chinn Award is presented to honor a…

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DSEi 2009: Reflecting Market Changes

DSEi 2009: Reflecting Market Changes

Last September’s Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) saw more than 25,000 people attend to see 1,280 exhibitors covering all areas of the defence and…

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IDEX 2009

IDEX 2009

The Mini-Beryl was one of several Polish small arms on display. SADJ attended the 9th biannual IDEX show in Abu Dhabi on 22-26 February, 2009,…

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SADJ Visits ST Kinetics

SADJ Visits ST Kinetics

We received an invitation to come to ST Kinetics in Singapore and view their newest small arms offerings.  As quickly as possible, we made the…

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French St. Etienne Model 1907

French St. Etienne Model 1907

Photo postcard showing the rare Puteaux M1905 machine gun. The caption reads “Mailly Camp – Infantry soldiers operating a machine gun in an open field”…

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The Sounds of Silence: Part 4

The Sounds of Silence: Part 4

Pressure testing the entrance chamber of a 1.38 inch diameter 5.56mm suppressor on a 10.4 inch barrel. Pressure measurements of 2,998 psi calculated an acceptable…

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SHOT Show 2010

SHOT Show 2010

The term “SHOT Show” while unbeknownst to some, is to anyone involved in the world of firearms and all things outdoors, the show to attend. …

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Air Gunners Memorial at the Yorkshire Air Museum // York, U.K.

Air Gunners Memorial at the Yorkshire Air Museum // York, U.K.

The jewel of their aircraft collection is this flying Handley Page Halifax II (III) “Friday the 13th” that is operated and maintained at the Yorkshire…

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Defense & Security 2009

Defense & Security 2009

The Tri-Service Asian Defense and Internal Security Event for Land, Sea and Air and Security Exhibition was held at the IMPACT Exhibition Center in Bangkok,…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 2

International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 2

The sale of defense articles worldwide is typically straight forward – the buyer coordinates with the seller, and each party secures the proper government licenses…

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New Products: Volume 2, Number 2

New Products: Volume 2, Number 2

Energizer Two Energizer flashlights have been selected by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office – Soldier (PEO-Soldier) for inclusion in the Approved Family of Flashlight…

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Industry News: Volume 2, Number 2

Industry News: Volume 2, Number 2

ATF Manufacturing and Marking Requirements Eased On November 19, 2009, ATF released Ruling 2009-5 that relieves subcontractors from marking receivers and/or other restricted parts manufactured on…

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Blyskawica: Poland's First Successful SMG Design

Blyskawica: Poland’s First Successful SMG Design

The Blyskawica (‘Lightning’, pronounced bwiskavitsa, with ‘wi’ to be read like in ‘wisdom’) was designed and manufactured fully clandestine, for the Home Army (Armia Krajowa,…

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SIG Sauer Raises the Bar with Their New SIG516/517 Rifles

SIG Sauer Raises the Bar with Their New SIG516/517 Rifles

Historically, the annual AUSA Show is not known for debuts of the latest small arms technology.  The big dollar programs like MRAP and Future Combat…

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Ruger's SR-556

Ruger’s SR-556

At the NRA Show in early 2009, Ruger introduced a new member to their semiautomatic rifle line: the SR-556 – Ruger’s Black Rifle.  When they…

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The Fraser-Volpe Mars Weapon Sight: A New Roman God of War

The Fraser-Volpe Mars Weapon Sight: A New Roman God of War

A relatively new product on the U.S. market, the Multi-Purpose Aiming Reflex Sight (MARS) has been on the international market for several years, and is reportedly…

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Museum Satria Mandala // Jakarta, Indonesia

Museum Satria Mandala // Jakarta, Indonesia

Example of the museum’s diorama section: The Battle of Cibadak – 9 December, 1945. “On 9 December 1945, a British military convoy escorted by several…

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History of the Heckler & Koch 40mm Grenade Launcher

History of the Heckler & Koch 40mm Grenade Launcher

The HK M320 40mm grenade launcher. Until recently, the field of 40mm grenade launchers was almost exclusively dominated by the M203.  With the recent adoption…

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Are We Forever Stuck with the Bayonet?

Are We Forever Stuck with the Bayonet?

Ramrod Bayonet shown with conventional models. (U.S. Army Rock Island Arsenal Museum) I sat quietly taking notes as the Purchase Description was being reviewed, making sure…

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Brugger+Thomet's Police Days

Brugger+Thomet’s Police Days

TASER introduced their TASER X12 dedicated less-lethal shotgun done in cooperation with Mossberg but did not have the actual X12 on display. The X12 is…

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IMDEX 2009

IMDEX 2009

Over 150 exhibitors from 23 countries gathered in the sunny Singapore Spring for IMDEX 2009.  This was the seventh biannual IMDEX, and it was opened…

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ITEC 2009

ITEC 2009

ITEC attracts exhibitors that constantly push the envelope in cutting-edge defense training, education, and simulation.  120+ exhibitors provide hands-on demonstrations of technological applications for military…

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The Soviet Model PB Silenced Pistol

The Soviet Model PB Silenced Pistol

The Makarov PB suppressed pistol with the secondary suppressor removed. This was easily concealed, and the secondary suppressor could be attached literally in seconds. The…

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The Austrian Schwarzlose Model 07/12 Water-Cooled Machine Gun

The Austrian Schwarzlose Model 07/12 Water-Cooled Machine Gun

Andreas Wilhelm Schwarzlose of Charlottenburg, Germany was a well known and respected inventor and arms designer working out of the gun making center of Suhl,…

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MSPO 2009

MSPO 2009

The 40mm RGP-40 MGL sparked many controversies and we’re certain to hear about it in the future. The exhibited prototype was fitted with a CK-5/Zs-1…

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Russian Underwater Guns

Russian Underwater Guns

Dr. Philip H. Dater takes aim with the SSP-1M 4-barrel underwater pistol. The sound signature was recorded as 160.1 dB average in open air. (Dan…

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Modern Day Marine 2009

Modern Day Marine 2009

8 July 2009, Afghanistan. First Lieutenant George Saenz, along with two members of the Afghan National Police, provides security during operations in Helmand Province. His…

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From the Mean Streets: Maljutka

From the Mean Streets: Maljutka

The strategic placement of elements on the battlefield has been the subject of millions of words, from many sources, both experienced and those who are…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 1

International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 1

Gun control efforts by the United Nations are well known.  The Fredrik Reuterswärd sculpture of a revolver with its barrel tied in a knot is…

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SAAB Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW

SAAB Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW

Three demonstrations of the Saab New Light Anti-tank Weapon, NLAW, including live firing, were conducted during the summer 2009.  At the same time, deliveries were…

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FAL/SA58 Mags (DS Arms)

FAL/SA58 Mags (DS Arms)

DSArms, the  world leader in FAL type rifles and accessories, is pleased to offer new US made FAL high capacity magazines. These new steel magazines…

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RAAM (Rapid Acquisition Aiming Module)

RAAM (Rapid Acquisition Aiming Module)

Vectronix and Wilcox Industries have jointly developed a new weapon sight for stand alone and under-barrel 40mm grenade launchers.  Utilizing a laser range finder, ballistic…

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Industry News: Volume 2, Number 1

Industry News: Volume 2, Number 1

Law Enforcement International The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to Law Enforcement International (LEI) for the supply of a new 7.62mm semiautomatic “sharpshooter”…

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