InRange TV; Now Free

Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons has uploaded this month’s episode of InRange TV – and now it’s free to watch. Ian writes:

It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have a new InRange video available, and free to view! We have moved InRange from Vimeo to the new Full30 platform, which is ad-based and specifically focused on firearms content. The first video is on WWII explosive ammo – check it out!

I had no qualms about paying for the first episode of InRange TV (and neither should any TFB readers – the first episode was really excellent), but I definitely think this is the right way to go moving forward. Harnessing the power of advertisers to make content both more available and more profitable is a tried and true model.

This month’s episode is about explosive ammunition as used by snipers against personnel in World War II. It’s a subject that doesn’t get much coverage, and I think Ian and Karl do a good job evaluating the effects of the ammunition.

Be sure to go watch the episode, and check out last month’s as well!

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Geoffry K

    I cannot get it to play in Firefox 33. I allowed all on page and activated Flash and just get a blank frozen video screen.

    • Hrachya H.

      I watched it on Chrome with no problems…

    • Jay

      That’s some nasty stuff. Those rounds were called “observation” rounds and the flash/explosion was used to show the point of impact. Mostly used in aircraft and tank mounted machine guns. This were classified as anti materiel rounds, to avoid the flak from Hague convention, but it’s obvious they were used on personnel, just like the big guns on choppers and aircraft were/are used to shoot personnel.
      Nice video. Thank you.

    • USMC03Vet

      Worked in 33.1 for me.

  • Joel

    Video won’t run for me, either. Firefox on Linux.

    • Stupid question: Have you tried refreshing the page? It sort of crapped out on me the first time, but then it ran fine.

      • Ian McCollum

        Full30 is a brand new platform, and a few teething issues are to be expected. The computer guys behind the scenes are working on ironing out these sorts of issues…

  • John

    The website they use will not play the video until you disable AdBlock. Last time I checked, that ain’t free.

    • Ian McCollum


  • Ian McCollum

    FYI, Nathaniel, we will be posting new content weekly, instead of monthly. 🙂

  • USMC03Vet

    Only one tracker.


  • MAKAK47

    Ian, I found the video extremely fascinating and your guys work into the project is very insightful. I was (kinda sorta? maybe morbidly so) happy to find how well the rounds worked once the block was moved. This, again, sounds morbid but if there was a way to simulate a full human body, or just bone in a big block like you did at the end to simulate the “hip shot” you guys talked about, and have the target wearing a Russian or German fatigue and then test the rounds on that it would be pretty interesting to see. Do you think the round would detonate earlier with clothing on? What if it hit something solid metal that the target was wearing, would it still be effective?

    Again great work and I love your forgotten weapons channel too!

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Good move and, as usual, outstanding quality and presentation — thank you, Ian, and wishing both you and Karl much success with the series!

  • No RSS feeds on Full30. 🙁 Might as well not exist. =