A sadly forgotten gun designer.

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Forgotten Weapons is a blog that should be read by anyone who is serious about the history of firearms. You’ll find articles and information there that you just can’t find anywhere else.

Take, for example, their recent story on the gun of one Henryk Strapoc. Henryk had the misfortune of being a budding gun designer when both Hitler and Stalin invaded his native Poland. He joined one of the many resistance groups, and their need for weapons prompted ...

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The Treeby Chain Gun.

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Forgotten Weapons is rapidly becoming my favorite firearm blog, simply because they cover neat stuff – usually, stuff that I’ve never before encountered. Take the Treeby Chain Gun, for instance. How else would you increase the firepower of a rifle during the era of muzzleloaders?

What struck me about this design (other than how close they got to the centerfire self-contained metallic cartridge) is the resemblance to a belt-fed machine gun. The chain ...

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History really is written by the winners, even in the gun world.

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The history of firearm design is fascinating, but even more interesting to me are the beliefs and assumptions that we make about the designs we see. Why do some designs persist, while other – sometimes quite promising – ideas never see the light of day?

It’s often held that certain gun designs succeed in the marketplace (the military and police being a skewed adaptation of a market) because they’re the “best”. It’s true that in some form any given design must ...

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It’s deja vu all over again: force-on-force training in 1909. At least they understood protective gear.

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Long-time readers may remember that I’m a big fan of the Shorpy Historical Photo Archive site. In fact, it’s one of the few that’s in my “favorite” RSS feed tabs in Safari. I never get tired of seeing what they’ve come up with!

Last Friday they showed a picture taken in 1909 of a gentleman (I assume it was a man) dressed up in protective clothing and holding a pistol. Labeled “dueling with wax bullets“, ...

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Moore’s Patent Revolver.

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Not sure how I found this civil war blog (Uncle? Tam? Someone else?), but it has a great article on Moore’s Patent Revolver – the first revolver with a swing-out cylinder (though not quite of the kind we’re used to.)

It’s also interesting in that it was one of the many guns which violated Rollin White’s bored-through cylinder patent. History buffs may recall that White was a Colt employee who first presented his idea to allow a revolver ...

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A Gallic Wednesday: French ordnance revolvers.

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The Forgotten Weapons Blog has a great video about the two most common French Ordnance revolvers: the Models 1873 and 1892. I know, I know, they’re French – but you have to remember that at one time France was a major military power and arms innovator in their own right.

(Never heard of the Model 1897 75mm cannon, an artillery piece so advanced that they justifiably considered it to be a state secret? Or the ...

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There is beauty in workmanship: the Japanese Hino-Komuro pistol.

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Forgotten Weapons recently featured some pictures of an extremely rare Japanese autoloading pistol: the Hino-Komuro from 1908. It’s intriguing because of its blow-forward design (the only other examples of which I know are the Mannlicher of 1894 and the Schwarzlose of 1908), but not a lot is known about it. There were only 1200 made, and only a handful survive.

Until this post, I’d never seen a picture of one – only line drawings in Pistols Of The ...

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