Military Contracts And The Kaiser’s Custom Mannlicher M1899

The late 19th century saw the beginning of the semi-automatic era. Countless makers came up with untold designs, all striving to create a more perfect pistol. In 1898, Austrian Ferdinand Mannlicher had designed a new 7.65mm semi-automatic pistol that utilized a wrap-around cover plate to protect its lockworks. By 1899, the design included a large […]

What Do You Get When You Mix Guns And Cameras?

Enthusiasts of firearms and photography often use similar terms and equipment. Both “shoot” the “target.” Both employ the use of a tripod to steady their aim. Both utilize a trigger (of sorts) to take their shots. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that a 19th century inventor sought to combine the best […]

Double Trouble: More Superposed Charges

Earlier this month, I wrote a piece about turning single-shot, percussion muzzleloaders into primitive “repeaters” through the concept of superposed charges. The arm shown in that article featured a percussion ignition system that had been modified after it was originally created. It’s important to note that superposed charges were not only a means of modification. […]

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