A look down the sights of over 100 C&R Firearms

In our efforts to document as many historical small arms as possible we realized that one of the first things anyone does with a newly encountered firearm is look down the sights.  However, this view is so often omitted from any documentation of a firearm.  We set out to correct this.

We’ve changed cameras three times and methods nearly a dozen, so some images are better than others.  Good or bad, the C&Rsenal POV gallery now boasts over 100 sight pictures.  Here are some of our favorites.

Browning-Automatic-Rifle-Model-1918-POV 2

U.S. BAR M1918A2

Chauchat-Mle-1915-machine-gun-POV 2

French Fusil Mitrailleur Mle 1915 CSRG “Chauchat”

German-MP40-POV 2

German Maschinenpistole 40


Italian Vetterli M70/87/15


Japanese Nambu Type 14

Russian-DP-28-POV 2

Russian Degtyaryova Pekhotny 28

Sten-MkII-Submachine-Gun-POV 2

British STEN Mk.II

Thompson-M1A1-POV 2

U.S. Thompson M1A1




Othais is practically useless with modern firearms. That’s OK though, because he specializes in Curio and Relic military pieces and has agreed to decorate The Firearm Blog with a little history. He maintains his own site, C&Rsenal, with the help of his friends and the collector community.


  • Steve (TFB Editor)

    Such beautiful photos. Amazing work Othais

    • Othais

      I’m just happy to share the hobby.

  • Nathaniel

    Best article on TFB in a long time.

    • Othais

      I’m glad you like it.

  • Peter (BE)

    What’s up with the hex bolt on the sten MK2??

    • Othais

      Hex bolt? I’m not sure what you mean. Are we talking about the screw? I’m not sure of each firearm’s complete condition as a lot of these were “grab ’ems” I did after shooting my subject at the museum.

      • Peter (BE)

        The screw, exactly 🙂

  • wetcorps


    It’s “fusil mitrailleur” by the way.

    • Othais

      Good catch. I was pulling from copy/paste since I haven’t take French in 15 years. I need to remember to proof read.

  • Nooky

    Outstanding work !

    I did some myself, enjoy.


    HK USP Tactical .45/Colt Delta Elite/Sig P220 .45

    I’m a debutant in photography so they are not as good, but it’s actually a very demanding work, specially for the rifle.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      It’s still high-quality work as far as I’m concerned. Nice!

    • Yojimbo556

      Dat sig….

    • FourString

      in love with the shots of the USP and SIG :’DDDDDD

    • Othais

      These look great!

    • Nooky

      Thanks guys, I am glad you like it.

      Here is one more, Sig P226 9mm, in all it’s glory.


    • Karina

      Muh USP. This is beautiful.

  • Jonathan

    Game developers could find these images extremely useful.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Outstanding photography and excellent presentation, Othais! It is obvious that a great deal of hard work, time and effort went into this article. Many, many thanks!

  • Jim S

    Someone should make this into a guessing game. I missed two.

    • Earl1911

      dang, I only got two…

  • noob

    That’s wonderful. I love the deep focus so both rear and front sight are clear.

  • Cornelius Carroll

    Question time: what’s your favorite type of iron sight?

    • M.M.D.C.


      • iksnilol

        Aperture front and rear, I am a competition shooter.

        • Cornelius Carroll

          I wouldn’t be able to find the target, lol. You comp shooters are a different breed. I tip my hat to you sir.

          • iksnilol

            You should try competition sights, they feel like cheating when compared to a post and notch. I wish someone would make a hybrid fiber optic/tritium front aperture…*Sigh* one can dream.

    • Cornelius Carroll

      HK open

    • Othais

      It is hard to tell in the picture but I really like the Blake’s setup.

  • M.M.D.C.

    These are great. Thanks!

  • LRB

    This is beyond awesome. Amazing they hit anything with those tiny sight pictures on some of those rifles and SMGs

  • Micki Mahoney

    Great job, Othais!

    Having cut my teeth with target-sights and scopes, I’m still in awe of anyone who can hit anything with a blade and V-notch.

  • BryanS

    I would love to turn these into a poster… Othais, would you be up for that sort of thing?

    • Othais

      We already have prints on the site but they’re from another project.

      I’m working with a friend towards a Kickstarter project to produce a large number of inexpensive posters from my Anatomy series.

      • dan citizen

        If you made posters of these in various groupings, I would buy them, so would others.

  • PatrickPM

    Absolutely awesome. Someone should write an article (or book more likely) on the origins and advancement in sights and optics. (or if one exists can someone point me in the right direction)

  • Lance

    No M-1 or Mossin Nagant???? That’s sad.

    • Jeff Smith

      No. 31 is a type 56 Mosin Nagant

    • Othais

      The main gallery had 5 Mosin to my count. An M1891, M91/30, M30, Finnish M27, and a Polish wz.91/98/26.

      I’m not sure what you mean by an M1… There is an M1 Garand and M1 Carbine.

  • As a Canadian: seeing the Ross Rifle sights makes me cringe.

    • Othais

      To get this shot I had to borrow a bolt from a sporter and mate it to a DP rifle. Worse yet, it had the necessary updates to fix the bolt lug deforming issue.

  • dan citizen

    A fantastic, simple, concept and article. Any firearms journalist worth their salt should include a POV sight view in all reviews.

    This sort of innovative writing is why TheFirearmBlog is my one must -read blog every day.