Automatic Rifles of World War I

We've all seen images and heard horror stories of the battlefields of The Great War. But let's take a closer look at the automatic weapons of the First World War.

Single-Shot Guns in 2024: Are They Still Useful?

A single-shot still has its advantages over a repeater, even in 2024.

The Proto Machine Guns: Automatic Weapons Before the Maxim

Contrary to popular belief, automatic and semi-auto arms date back to the second century BCE in China when the "chu-ko-nu" – a repeating crossbow – was first developed.

The Short History of Anti-Tank Weapons

With the creation of tanks in World War I, anti-tank weapons have become a staple of the battlefield since. The development of anti-tank weapons over the last century has been rapid and significant.

Germany’s FG-42: Paratrooper Rifle

The Fallschirmjagergewehr 42, or Paratrooper Rifle 42, was developed for Germany's airborne infantry in 1942. We'll take a closer look at this weapon here. What prompted its development? And was it effective?

Celebrating the Guns of Past Presidents

Though there is no official tally of which former presidents owned firearms, it is believed that nearly every single one who served before 1900 owned at least one gun at some point in their lives. Let's take a look at a few of them!

The Machine Gun’s Baptism of Fire: 130 Years of Infamy

The modern machine gun was first put to use some 130 years ago on a largely forgotten battlefield. But how has it impacted the battlefield?

Does the .45 ACP Really Have More Stopping Power?

The idea that .45 ACP offers some kind of magic stopping power that makes it much more effective than any other round is a myth. It's why the cartridge has slowly faded away with professional shooters, and was replaced by the cheaper, lighter, and more reliable 9mm Luger cartridge.

The U.S. Navy’s Last Line of Defense: The Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS)

On January 30, 2024, a Houthi anti-ship cruise missile came within a mile of the United States Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) – mere seconds from striking the warship. Fortunately, the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) was able to destroy the missile in flight.

Teddy Roosevelt’s Suppressed Rifles

Roosevelt clearly understood the benefits of suppressed firearms. He was an avid and active shooter, hunter, and general outdoorsman. He understood that shooting damages hearing and that suppressors can mitigate that damage. He also clearly grasped the benefits reaped by others who may be nearby.

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