Four for Fighting: The Greatest Quartet of Combat Shotguns

Four for Fighting: The Greatest Quartet of Combat Shotguns

 

A Look Back at the Heavyweight Champions of Combat Shotty’s:

  • Winchester Model 1897

  • Browning A5

  • Remington Model 11

  • Ithaca Model 37

 

Here is a fascinating article regarding why Germany wanted to ban the Winchester Model 1897 during WW1.

 

 

Know Your WW1 Weapons: Germany’s MG08 Heavy Machine Gun

Germany’s Heavy Machine Gun of WWI: The MG08

 

All you former infantryman out there might find this fact jaw dropping:

“The MG08 machine gun itself weighed approximately 60 pounds. Combined with its “Sled” (or Sledge) mount that used four legs, the whole affair weighed around 140 pounds, excluding the water can and ammunition supply. Along with the sled mount were extra barrels, tools, and oil containers, all attached to the sled. A team of four soldiers was required to move the entire gun and accessories.”

This BEAST weighed in at 140 pounds, not inclduing the water can, sled and ammo!!

This thing earned it’s name as a HEAVY machine Gun for sure.

 

Know Your Weapons: The American Enfield AKA the US Model 1917 Magazine Rifle

The American Enfield AKA the US Model 1917 Magazine Rifle

You can’t go wrong with a Mauser Action in .30-06 Caliber!

 

 

 

 

On This Day in History: The Chios Massacre

The Chios Massacre

 

On the 11th April 1822 an army of some 40,000 Ottoman troops began landing on the Greek island of Chios, which is situated just 7 kilometers off the Turkish coastline of Anatolia, with express orders to kill all Christian infants under three years old, all males 12 years and older, and all females 40 and older, except those willing to convert to Islam.

Estimates suggest that up to three quarters of the 120,000 inhabitants were slain, enslaved or died of starvation or disease. With the remainder forced to flee an ethnic cleansing which the Turks were to repeat with their genocide of the Armenians between 1915-1923.