Tag: soviet

7.62×25 Tokarev M1 Carbine: Another Frankensteinian Creation From Herbert “The Mad Gunsmith” Werle

German gunsmith Herbert Werle – creator of the famous “AK-47” Luger and the .45 ACP Luger Carbine – has created another strange hybrid firearm: A 7.62x25mm Tokarev M1 Carbine. Two videos of Werle testing the rifle are embedded below: In the description of his [Read More…]

No, Germans Didn’t Design the AK-47: Kalashnikov Conspiracy Theories and How to Refute Them, Part 1

We are all familiar with the standard conspiracy theories: NASA faked the Moon landing on a Hollywood soundstage, President Kennedy was shot by another gunman who was working for the CIA/the mob, all world leaders are actually reptilian aliens from Alpha Centauri, [Read More…]

More On Kalashnikov Concern’s New MA Compact Assault Rifle and SVK Marksman’s Rifle (and More!), via Modern Firearms

Kalashnikov Concern’s newest weapon releases have received quite a lot of attention since they were first shown off at the ARMY 2016 military and technology forum in Moscow, and as the conference winds down, I want to take a more thorough pass through four of [Read More…]

Modern Intermediate Full Power Calibers 019: The Russian 6x49mm Unified

What happens when you take the two concepts of a traditional, full-power rifle and machine gun round, and a small-caliber, high-velocity round, and smash them together? You get one of the most extreme military small arms calibers ever developed, and one of the last [Read More…]

Russian Army to Replace PKM Machine Guns With PKP “Pecheneg” Automatic Rifles

The Russian Army will be upgrading its automatic infantry support weapons soon. The legacy 7.65x54mmR PKM belt-fed general purpose machine gun will be supplanted in the dismounted role by the PKP “Pecheneg” automatic rifle designed at the end of the 20th [Read More…]

Inside the PP-19-01 “Vityaz” 9mm Kalashnikov SMG

Gun guru and MVD agent KardeN gets to play with all the best toys – this time, it’s the 9mm Kalashnikov-based submachine gun, the PP-19-01 “Vityaz”. Designed to handle high pressure 9x19mm Russian ammunition, the Vityaz is a more elegant weapon [Read More…]

Underwater gun for dolphins

In history of the humankind one can find a lots of various types of small arms. Almost all of them were designed by humans for humans. But the Earth dominate species has also designed and developed in its history a very, very small amount of extremely rare modern [Read More…]

The First Russian Assault Rifle: The Fedorov Avtomat

The title of this article is an Anglicized version of the title of the article linked below. The search for a successful selfloading weapon that could be issued en masse to troops was closely related to the development of early weapons that were predecessors to the [Read More…]

The PTRS Vs. PTRD, 1944

The Simonov PTRS 14.5mm anti-tank rifle was a very innovative rifle, that seemingly offered the Soviet AT gunner of the early part of World War II a frightening amount of firepower. Its semiautomatic action, and en-bloc clip loading gave the infantry five rounds of [Read More…]

History POTD: 775 Confirmed Kills

This photo of Belorussian Soviet Snipers was taken in Germany on May 4, 1945. These woman had 775 confirmed kills between themselves, out of  the 12,000 confirmed kills credited to female snipers in the Soviet Army. Female snipers of the 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian [Read More…]