Dragunov SVD (Chinese Type 85/NDM86) – Cold War Sniper Perfection

Being a Military Arms Historian and a Cold War History Nut, I am a big fan of 9-Hole Reviews YouTube Channel.

They do some excellent testing of various rifle systems out to practical combat distances.

This is a Two-fer, the first vid is a 13 minute mini-doc on the Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle and the second is the range testing of the rifle.



Know Your Weapons: Hungarian 44M “Mace Thrower”

Hungarian Army: 44M “Mace Thrower”


I am always interested in Partisan warfare and weaponry and this one is amazing.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!


Military Weapons From the Past: The British EM Series – The First Bullpup Design from the 1950’s


By late 1947 the British Army’s Armaments Design Department had designed three principal rifles for the Infantry Personal Weapon program. The new rifles got their official designations in January 1948.

They were Stanley Thorpe’s EM-1, the EM-2 designed by Capt. Kazimierz Stefan Januszewski and the EM-3, the latter the brainchild of Major J.E.M. Hall, an Australian.

The three designs shared one common design feature — they all featured the bullpup configuration, with the action behind the trigger. This layout produced a compact weapon ideally suited to close-quarters combat.

Hall began developing his rifle in 1944 as a response to problems he encountered during a small-arms course at the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham. He patented his bullpup design in February 1945.

Hall’s rifle was semi-automatic only and used an interesting vertically-sliding block to lock the rifle’s breech. He meant the weapon to fire a rimless .303-caliber round — although, in practice, the rifle was compatible with a range of cartridges. Hall’s EM-3 bullpup fed from a 10-round, detachable box magazine similar in dimensions to that of the Lee-Enfield’s.

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