Posts by Ian McCollum

Ian McCollum

Ian McCollum lives in Arizona, where he spends his time searching out rare, unusual, and experimental firearms for his daily blog at His shooting background is in bullseye pistol, and before becoming a full-time gun writer he worked in the solar power industry.

New-production Colt 1903 pocket pistol RZE multi-caliber Unimag EL BE Tac semiauto MP-44 Sake TRG-22 test rifle for Eagle Eye .308 Win StealthGear Onyx with pistol Colt 901, with 6920 upper and magwell conversion Author loading a No2 MkI** Enfield revolver Author with a Cei-Rigotti rifle, courtesy UK MoD

Semiauto Rifles of WWI and Before

Semiauto rifles are taken for granted today – every military in the world uses them, they are the mainstay of many types of competition, most police forces, and a great many hunters. And yet, the self-loading rifle in a full size military cartridge only became [Read More…]

Ian with a prize from the Phoenix gun buy-back

The Most Enjoyable Gun Show in Ages

The Arizona state legislature recently passed a law requiring cities to sell guns they collect in gun buy-backs, rather than destroy them, as is typically done. The law has been passed but not yet gone into effect – so the city of Phoenix and the a group called [Read More…]

Boberg XR9-L

Gun Review: Boberg XR9-L

There are really no new ideas in firearms design today – some of the best and brightest engineers humanity has produced have spent the last 120+ years figuring out every possible mechanism for building self-loading firearms. What we have today in new guns are [Read More…]

Shooting an SMG reproduction FG-42 rifle