CandRsenal’s In-Depth Look At WWI Guns, on YouTube

It’s a good time to be into firearms history. Between Forgotten Weapons, Vickers Tactical, and other great series, what more could the gun history nerd ask for? Well, Othais of CandRsenal has started a YouTube channel that answers that question, covering in medium-length videos individual rifles and other arms of the period from 1870-1960. The first two episodes, covering the 1886 Lebel and the Berthier, are delivered in a format very well-suited to viewers just getting into firearms, but I still learned quite a bit:

I definitely look forward to seeing more of Othais’s great videos and excellent animation!

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


  • Vitsaus

    Thanks for this one. And you’re absolutely right about what a great time it is for us history nerds. 10 years ago you had to find books, mostly through luck, and hope you could afford them since many were out of print or just very expensive if you were a student how had to buy more urgently needed books. Now so much information is available from all over the place. I’ve always found French rifles interesting, and very much underrated. I know we Americans tend to have a general distain for anything related to French military prowess, but some of the most interesting designs have originated there, as well as being consistently innovative.

    • Georgiaboy61

      The French have made their share of military innovations over the years – including smokeless power and the famed French 75 rapid-firing artillery piece, whose “secret” was its hydraulic recoil mechanism – which allowed the cannon to be fired multiple times without having to re-emplace it, as had been the case with artillery before.

      • mosinman

        it was so good it served on into WW2 mounted on the M4 and versions of it were mounted to B-25s and M24 light tanks

  • These are fantastic videos. I can’t wait for the next installment!
    Excellent job Othais.

  • Kevin Harron

    Great vid. Very interesting. 😀

  • Scot168

    Very good, I enjoyed it a lot and look forward to more of your videos. I thought you covered the subject in a very informative way and made it fun to watch.