Blog Of The Month: December 2014

For December’s BoTM, we’ll be stepping a little bit outside of our comfort zone. If you’re like me, small arms is one interest of several (though by far the biggest), and just like discovering or finding out more about rare or unique firearms excites you, so too does learning about interesting tanks, jets, helicopters, rockets, and spacecraft.

If that sounds familiar, then Armory Exotic is the blog for you. It certainly does cover small arms – rare and unusual ones, too, but it also covers other related subjects, like aviation, ground vehicles, and even human spaceflight.

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A screenshot of a typical page of Armory Exotic. Small arms figure prominently, but also covered are forgotten mudfighters, and many other subjects.


The site is written entirely in Russian (though Alexander himself is Ukranian), so machine translation is necessary for those of us who are hopelessly monolingual. Even so, the writing is clear enough to survive automatic translation very well, and I can’t recall ever having much trouble figuring it out.

For its small arms coverage alone, Armory Exotic would make our Blog of The Month, but the wider variety of topics featured there, plus the site being over three years old, gives the site extra depth and ensures hours of reading.

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


  • Rogier Velting

    I’m working on a blog (kinda overengineering it now, though, adding too many features while I should work on the core functionality first), but would you guys like checking it out when I’m done? It’s going to be about firearms and technology (mostly computer-oriented and programming, but that includes embedding and other possibly firearms related tech), and I do already have a guest writer.
    I need to add code for uploading stuff, a fallback for users who prefer not to use JavaScript, and some form of user control, but then the core is done.

    • Sure, go ahead and tweet it at me when you’re finished, or you can comment on my personal blog, or reply to this comment.