Obscure Object of Desire: The Soviet Stechkin

Developed in 1949, the Stechkin is a select-fire, straight blowback pistol in 9x18mm capable of firing 750 rounds per minute accurately out to a distance of 200 meters…or so it was claimed. Igor Stechkin, the inventor and namesake of the pistol, wasn’t a one-trick pony. In addition to this design, he created a variety of […]

A Wedding Present Fit for Royalty

Ernest Hemingway, George Eastman, Elmer Keith, Jimmy Stewart … and Princess Diana. While it may seem as though one of these things is not like the other, they all share a common bond: Guns made by Westley Richards & Company of Birmingham, England. It’s not uncommon to hear about someone getting a gun as a […]

The Baltimore Show: A Museum You Can Buy

The Maryland Arms Collectors Association has hosted the Baltimore Antique Arms Show each spring since 1954. Regarded as one of the premier events in the country, it is on the “gun bucket list” of most collectors. There’s lots to see among the show’s 1,000 tables … but there’s also lots that you won’t see. Looking […]

Martin Fry’s M1807/8 Flintlock Martial Pistol

While our country has had official arsenals for almost as long as we’ve been around (Springfield and Harpers Ferry were founded when George Washington was president), they didn’t always make all of the guns in-house. Often, the government contracted manufacture of the guns out to smaller, independent gunsmiths. Such was the case with the Model […]

KRISS USA Launches Edelweiss Arms Selling Direct-to-Consumer European Relics and Curios

Press release: March 1, 2018 – Chesapeake, Virginia, USA – Today KRISS USA, manufacturers and developers of the KRISS® Vector family of firearms, launch Edelweiss Arms, a new division focused on the import and sale of C&R (curios and relics) and antique firearms, with a specialty on Swiss firearms, to collectors in the United States . . . […]

War Planes Protected by Cartridge Catchers

Airplanes were still relatively new when they were pressed into service during World War I. Because of this, a number of hurdles had to be overcome to ensure that this new machine could become a weapon of war and not a casualty of war. The biggest hurdle became obvious right away . . . without an […]

World War One’s Pistol Periscope

World War I saw a great number of “firsts” in combat that needed to be addressed because conventional warfare had never dealt with such things before. Namely, this includes poison gas, tanks, airplanes, etc. Trench warfare was not new, but it certainly came of age during the “War to End All Wars.” Periscopes served a […]

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