Posts by Othais


Othais is practically useless with modern firearms. That’s OK though, because he specializes in Curio and Relic military pieces and has agreed to decorate The Firearm Blog with a little history. He maintains his own site, C&Rsenal, with the help of his friends and the collector community.

A look inside the Walther P38

I’ve already posted my P38 Anatomy image but let’s get a little deeper into this revolutionary German WWII classic. The shortest possible story of the Walther P38 goes like this: Before WWI Walther was known for its high quality, blowback operated, small [Read More…]

The M1917 Carbine

I know a lot of you are thinking “No such thing” but it’s true.  There is a carbine form of the U.S. Rifle Model 1917.  For those of you unfamiliar with this dog-leg, Mauser-derived, cock-on-close bolt action of British design and American [Read More…]

The Patent-Dodging Dreyse

Browning’s FN-licensed Model 1900 pocket .32ACP was a world first and defined the general shape and layout of a slide operated handgun.  It’s popularity led to “Browning” serving as the word for a semi-automatic pistol in many regions, like we [Read More…]

Thailand’s Beautiful Mauser

Siam was unique in South East Asia for its avoidance of Western colonization.  Its sovereignty was guaranteed by politically deft royals and a Japanese-modeled system of aggressive modernization.  At the turn of the century, Siam sought to rearm its soldiers with a [Read More…]

France’s WWI “Ruby”

Before the outbreak of WWI, France had not prioritized the adoption of a reliable pistol.  The Model 1892 service revolver was found adequate in those pre-modern engagements.  With the onset of trench warfare, however, the advantages of a larger capacity, faster [Read More…]

The Winchester 94 in WWII

Canada’s western coast was sparsely populated and the concern was that the Japanese would take advantage of so much untamed wilderness to invade. The citizens of British Columbia and the Yukon territory were convinced that they would be the best defense against the [Read More…]

Reconsidering the Carcano

The Carcano rifle often evokes only two reactions in people.  First, most remember the Kennedy Assassination.  This is usually followed by a murmuring of how Oswald could have done the deed with such a sloppy, inaccurate, unreliable, rifle that has just as much a [Read More…]

Crowd Sourcing Small Arms History

With the 100 year anniversary of WWI fast approaching, I had more than a few people asking me what was I planning to do.  Truth be told, I couldn’t think of anything we could handle that would do credit to the occasion. Luckily, we have a large community of [Read More…]

New Zealand’s Bolt Action Machine Gun

The Charlton Automatic Rifle sums up the adage “necessity is the mother of invention.” These LMGs were produced for the New Zealand home defense forces beginning in 1941 from old Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield bolt action rifles. For those familiar with the [Read More…]

A look inside the Swiss K31 Bolt

Those beautiful K31 bolts are incredibly smooth compared to other straight pull rifles.  They’re also much simpler than the competition.  This next paragraph is going to have a lot of words about just how this works but hopefully the animation I whipped up will [Read More…]