Know Your Guns: History of the East German Makarov

HISTORY OF THE EAST GERMAN MAKAROV

 

When I was hot and heavy into Curio and Relic collecting fifteen or so years back I had several different flavors of Makarov, including a true East German PM (with original DDR markings) a Polish P-64, A Hungarian FEG PA-63 and a very rare Bulgarian PPK clone.

As with all Eastern Block C&R Military pistols, the double action trigger on Mak’s were atrociously bad, somewhere between 15 and 25 pounds. This was a purposeful design however to keep peasant conscripts from shooting their own dicks off.

Other than that, they were a real pleasure to shoot with a caliber I would describe as a “.380 ACP on growth hormones”.

 

 

Know Your Weapons: The .30-40 U.S. Krag-Jorgenson in Combat

THE .30-40 U.S. KRAG-JORGENSEN IN COMBAT

I had a couple of Krag’s I traded for over the years but I never really cared for them.

They were too long and the action was not near as smooth as a Mauser.

Caliber wise they are like shooting a .30-06.

 

SKS Collecting And Identification: A Buyer’s Guide

SKS Collecting And Identification: A Buyer’s Guide

 

I had a C&R License (FFL 03) for around twenty years off and on back in the “golden era” when you could find plenty of German and Yugo Mausers, Lee- Enfields, Mosin-Nagants, Swiss K-31’s and Norinco and Russian SKS’s all for very reasonable prices.

It was a great way to learn about firearms, improve your gusnmithing skill-set (I taught myself how to repair Mausers this way) and amass a nice “collection” of very usable military weaponry including pistols and revolvers.

One of the many perks of having a C&R License is you get the weapon delivered directly to your home without the need of a Gun Dealer as a middleman. I cannot tell you the excitement of seeing the Big Brown Truck of Joy come rumbling up the road!

Know Your Weapons: The Complex History of the Browning Hi-Power

NAZIS, NOMS DE GEURRE AND THE COMPLEX HISTORY OF THE HI-POWER

 

Very often the genius of John Moses Browning’s design of the 1911 overshadows the amazing accomplishment of the Hi-Power.

The Wermacht and the SS knew a Good Firearm when they saw it and a very limited number were issued to front line units in the later stages of WW2.

 

Know Your WW2 Weapons: The Suppressed OSS M3 Grease Gun with a Trigger Booby Trap

The Suppressed OSS M3 Grease Gun with a Trigger Booby Trap

 

I always liked the Grease Gun ever since I saw one in action watching The Dirty Dozen with Lee Marvin and Charlie Bronson with my Dad when I was a kid.