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Belgian Percussion Eprouvette

This contraption is a Belgian Percussion Eprouvette. Back in the days when blackpowder was of dubious quality, devices like these were used to test the potency of the powder at hand. The barrel plug is attached to a V shaped spring. When fired the spring compresses [Read More…]

Steve on Handgun Hunting

A lot of people, including one major pistol manufacturer, were upset with what I wrote yesterday about handgun hunting. I would like to clarify what I meant. This blog is read by a lot of people. I have to be careful what I do and don’t endorse, because if I [Read More…]

UTAS UTS-15 shotgun video

The UTAS UTS-15 shotgun holds 14 rounds in two side-by-side 7 round magazines. Unlike the Kel-Tec KSG, the shotgun is capable of feeding continuously from both magazines without manual intervention. The below video shows a 14 round magazine dump. Turkish firearms design [Read More…]

Key Guns

I have seen many types of weird and wacky guns, but these key guns take the cake. From at least the 17th century untill the mid 1800s, some lock makers integrated guns into lock keys for use by jailers. The idea was that if the prisoner tried any funny stuff, the jailer [Read More…]

Savage Muzzleloader KABOOM

UPDATE: There is more to this story than meet the eye. There have been a lot of recently publicized KBs. I was emailed these photos of a Savage Model 10ML II “Smokeless” Muzzleloader. The accident happened last October. The Model 10ML II is designed so that [Read More…]

Hungarian Gun Laws

Zoltan, who recently translated one of my articles in Hungarian, was kind enough to explain the gun laws in Hungary. No restrictions: air rifles and air guns (airsofts too) are free to buy and shoot at home if it is under 7.5 J (5.53 ft/lbs) in energy of the bullets. No [Read More…]

Pepperbox Pistol

Billll finished off a working replica of a .36 cal. pepperbox pistol and has review it over at Billlls Idle Mind. The Pepperbox is a repeating firearm design that was the forerunner to the true revolver. The design was mainly used for pistols but it was also used for [Read More…]

More 2 bore rifle photos

Last year I wrote about a massive 2 bore rifle, that was not yet fully complete. Colin Stolzer, of Stolzer & Son’s Gunsmithing, contacted me with some additional information and photos of the completed rifle. Click to expand all the photos. Colin also [Read More…]

Evolution of the Schmidt-Rubin rifles

Tam at The Arms Room has written a very interesting post about the 40+ years evolution of the Schmidt-Rubin rifle that was adopted in 1889 by the Swiss and evolved into the K31 Carbine. When the time came for the Swiss army to replace their black-powder Vetterli rifles, [Read More…]

Another Massive 2 bore rifle

Bill emailed me a photo of a friend’s 2-bore rifle and another of the 2-bore balls. The first photo really gives a sense of scale. Click to expand the image I assume the bigger balls are for the 2-bore and the smaller for another gun The guy in the photo is [Read More…]

2 bore rifle photos

A while back I posted some photos of a 2 bore cartridge. While browsing the Nitro Express forum I came across this amazing photo of a 2 bore muzzleloader. All I can say is “Wow”. I wonder which end hits harder I read in another thread that this rifle was [Read More…]