Modern Firearms Gets a Major Site Overhaul!

The excellent firearms reference website Modern Firearms is undergoing a major move to a new location, with a much improved interface and look. Although the new site is still in beta, it already appears to include most if not all of the pages from the original, in an attractive new updated format.

For those who may not know Modern Firearms, it is one of the premier online firearms encyclopedias, and has been active since 1999. Run by Russian firearms expert Max Popenker, who is also a contributor to TFB, Modern Firearms is full of educational articles on all sorts of military small arms, from sniper rifles to pistols to anti-tank rifles and grenade launchers. Want to learn about the obscure Russian KS-23 23mm (6 gauge) rifled shotgun? Need some knowledge on the weird and wonderful Beardmore-Farquhar light machine gun? How about the new AMB-17 suppressed compact assault rifle? Modern Firearms has resources on these weapons and many, many more. Unfortunately, the site has not aged well, making the shift to a new site a very welcome improvement indeed. If I sound unusually enthusiastic, it’s because the Modern Firearms website has been and continues to be an invaluable tool for me. I have been visiting the site for well over a decade, and it has contributed in large part to my firearms knowledge foundation.

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


  • DW

    Oh fuqing yes!

  • Giolli Joker

    Great news.
    It is indeed the go-to firearm reference website.

  • Gus Butts

    I’ve been going there since I was a teen, great site.

  • Chris

    Hells to the Yeh!
    I’ve kept visiting the site because Max provides great data and sources some serious oddities…..

    ….. but damn if the site didn’t look old 10 years ago 😂

    Seriously good news.

    How good would a “Brew & Bullshit” session be with both Max and Ian from Forgotten Weapons 🍻🔫

  • Giolli Joker

    Probably less than lethal options, shooting rubber bullets and such.
    Your question didn’t get deleted, active links in the comment send it for approval to the editor.

  • Kaban

    Mostly pistols using 9mm P.A., 10x22T and other rounds with rubber projectile. They appear to be somewhat popular in countries where owning and carrying “real” handgun is explicitely prohibited (Russia has pesky 90 Joule ME limit to boot).

  • forrest1985

    Love this site! God bless Max!!!

  • Arie Heath

    They’re less lethals. Like tear gas launchers and rubber buckshot.

  • Kaban

    Hey, look, “Val” with hip stock and a rail on top 🙂

    I do not care much for all things Material Design’ish (old desktop farts are like that), but Maxim’s site probably needed general overhaul on nuts and bolts level. Hope it’ll run smooth for a long time.

    • It’s not a Val (nor is it related), but I realize you may have been joking.

  • noob

    🙂 Love your work Max. And kudos on the clean design – it ain’t easy looking this good.

  • insider

    Is the site still full of viruses?

  • With immense respect, Maxim would really benefit from an English translator / editor / proofreader. In many cases, English and Russian content differ, and English content is often awkwardly written / translated.

  • It’s a weapon classification that is in use in Russian Federation. Being a Russian website, it embraces this classification, especially since most of these “traumatic” (barrel-obstructed, rubber bullet, self-defense) pistols were made specifically for the Russian market, tailored to conform to the law that describes this type of weapon.

    Note that the category does not list riot guns, grenade launchers or compressed air riot weapons that are non-lethal and shoot rubber bullets. All entries are pistols and “barell-less devices” that were / are offered on the Russian market as “traumatic”.

  • Darren Hruska

    Good news! That site looked pretty ancient even back when it was still known as “World Guns Ru.” Max’s content deserves a better and more up-to-date site.