Weaponry

  • Military History Magazine

    Interview with Ronald Arkin: Building Trust in Combat Robots

    In 1958, shortly after the Soviet launch of Sputnik, the Department of Defense created the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and apply cutting-edge advances in military technology. Stemming from DARPA’s...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Kleinflammenwerfer: A New Battlefield Horror

    German battlefield flamethrowers were developed in the early 20th century by engineer and inventor Richard Fiedler, with help from engineer, soldier, and firefighter Bernhard Reddemann. Fiedler’s bulky, emplaced Grossfammenwerfer...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Colt Also Offered Revolving Rifles

    Long guns upstaged by Colt revolvers. When Samuel Colt patented the first practical revolving pistol design early in 1836, he kindled the torch of legend for what became one of the most famous firearms in Western history. The Paterson Colt...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: Old Guns and Whispering Ghosts

    Old Guns and Whispering Ghosts: Tales and Twists of the Old West by Jesse L.“Wolf” Hardin, Shoot Magazine Corporation, Boise, Idaho, 2006, $39.95. There are some lovely pictures of Old West (1866 to 1916) firearms on these 267 pages,...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Ringo Death a Mystery, But Not So His Colt

    The .45 is still very much alive. “John Ringgold, one of the best known men in southeastern Arizona, was found dead in Morse’s canyon, in the Chiricahua mountains last Friday July 14,” Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star reported on...

  • Wild West Magazine

    The Winchester 94 Gone With the Wind

    Iconic rifles won’t soon be forgotten. The year 2006 saw the last of a Western icon. The venerable Winchester Model 94 lever-action rifle was discontinued, along with the Model 70 boltaction rifle and the Model 1300 pump-action shotgun....

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: The British Bulldog Revolver

    The British Bulldog Revolver: The Forgotten Gun That Really Won the West? by George Layman, Mowbray Publishing,Woonsocket, R.I., 2006, $34.99. As famous firearm collector Norm Flayderman reminds us in the introduction to George Layman’s...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Bat Masterson’s Colt Has Celebrity Appeal

    The legendary lawman ordered it. Ask any Old West aficionado to name the most legendary lawmen of the Old West, and Bat Masterson will always be mentioned. Ask the aficionado if he has ever seen a Colt six-shooter that bore absolute proof...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Review: The Guns of Billy the Kid

    The Guns of Billy the Kid: A DVD Exploration of the Real Guns of the West Varmint Media, Pasadena, Calif., 2006, 50 minutes, $29.95.  Henry McCarthy, alias William Bonney but best known as the Kid, lived and died by the gun. It is...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Arming the Confederacy

    Josiah Gorgas arrived in Montgomery, Alabama, during the early days of April 1861. He had come to accept an appointment as chief of the Confederate Ordnance Bureau. With war imminent, Gorgas faced the formidable and seemingly impossible...

  • World War II Magazine

    Japan’s ‘Suicide Gun’

    The Nambu Type 94 Shiki Kenju 8mm pistol was the worst military small arm of World War II. There are many contenders for the honor of World War II’s best infantry weapon. Nazi Germany had the fearsome MG42 light machine gun, capable of...

  • World War II Magazine

    A Quickly Improvised Panzer Killer

    The M-3 Gun Motor Carriage served the U.S. Army’s tank destroyer force temporarily but well. With war looming in Europe in the late 1930s, the United States began the long, slow process of rearming its military, hoping to achieve field...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letters from Readers- April 2007

    Bren Backfire I wanted to add to your November 2006 article about the Bren gun, which is considered by many to be the finest light machine gun (LMG) ever made. The author did not address the disadvantages associated with guns such as the...

  • World War II Magazine

    A Homemade Aussie Submachine Gun

    The unconventional Owen stood up well to the hard conditions of jungle fighting. Army ordnance officers at the Victoria Barracks in Sydney politely showed 24-year-old inventor Evelyn Owen the door in July 1939 when he came calling with the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Bombs that were Smart Before their Time

    The Nazis had them fifty years before Desert Storm made precision weapons look like a modern invention. On the afternoon of Thursday, September 9, 1943, Adm. Carlo Bergamini was a worried man. The day before, the Italian government had...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Hour of Victory

    With the multitude of World War II first person shooter titles available, originality is the defining factor in the success of new additions to this crowded field. Hour of Victory attempts to be original in an original way: rather than...