Obscure Object of Desire: Cobray M11/9 Pistol

Spoiler alert, this isn’t a good gun. It’s not a useful gun. Hell, it’s not even really that historic. The Cobray M11/9 could best be described as one of the most useless handguns in existence. So how could it be considered an object of desire? Because despite its general uselessness, guns like it and the […]

My 3 Favorite Smith & Wesson Revolvers

We all have our favorite guns, and I’m no different. Something about the design and cosmetics of certain arms speak to me, but I’m not exclusive to any single brand. In the safe right now are semi-auto handguns from Colt, FN, GLOCK, Ruger, and SIG Sauer, and rifles from Remington, Savage, Beretta, Daniel Defense, F-1, […]

Shooting Rifles From ‘Flying Machines’ – The Dawn of Aerial Combat

By Peter Schechter My collecting interest is the “battle rifle” which means, to me, a magazine-fed “semi-automatic-only” rifle that was actually issued to troops, regardless of its ammunition. Battle rifles occupy a fairly short-lived period of infantry warfare history between the nearly universal pre-World War II use of bolt action rifles and the 1950’s-onward global […]

What’s A Krinkov, Anyway?

A “Krinkov” is a short-barrel variant of the AK-74. Specifically, it’s the AKS-74U. You’ll see either the specific gun or any SBR AK being referred to as a Krinkov on occasion, as it’s a colloquial term that came about sometime in the 1980s. Now that the question is answered, we can talk about something else, […]

The Firearm Industry Remembers on Memorial Day

By Mark Oliva Memorial Day holds special meaning to the firearms industry. Like nearly all Americans, we pause to remember and honor those whose lives were sacrificed defending our freedoms. For firearms manufacturers, the small arms the fallen carried into battle remind us of the unique connection of those in uniform and our industry. There […]

The NFA and Hughes Amendment Strike Again

If you’ve spent even just a minuscule amount of time in the firearms world, you are familiar with the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Hughes Amendment portion of the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986. The former regulates machine guns, short barrel rifles, short barrel shotguns, and suppressors. The latter made machine guns […]

The Guide To M16 History That You Never Knew You Needed

The M16 has a fascinating history in many ways. Its appearance is iconic, and has certainly become part of American culture. It is also a symbol, a microcosm, representing both American ingenuity, blunders…but also triumph. The M16 design and development process itself was a brutal slog, resulting in a number of wrongheaded missteps, and ultimately […]