Know Your Weapons: The Astra 600 – Old School Cool

The Astra 600 – Old School Cool

 

In my 20 or so years collecting I only came across an Astra  600 once, and I passed on it because the guy was way too proud of it and would not budge on the price, primarily because of the German markings.

I regret that now. This model has serious history!

 

 

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.

 

Know Your Weapons: Mannlicher M1895 Rifle

AUSTRIA-HUNGARY’S M-95 Rifle

 

“The M95 proved itself one of the finest battle rifles of the First World War. It weighed around a pound less than its equally lengthy peers and was slim and almost delicate by comparison. The soldiers who carried it appreciated its light weight but the Allied soldiers facing the M95 in the icy Alps and trenches took note of its high rate of fire compared to their turn-bolt action guns. The M95 was capable of 30–35 rounds a minute while turn-bolt actions were generally limited to 15–20 shots a minute. The simplicity of the straight-pull’s forward-backward bolt operation certainly made it easier to master than a turn-bolt action, which requires twice the number of motions to cycle. In addition, the upward motion to lift a cock-on-opening bolt handle — for example the Lebel, Berthier, M1903 Springfield, Carcano — is physically more difficult and more disruptive to the aim. The British SMLE, which cocked on the forward stroke like the Mannlicher, was the M95’s closest rival in speed of operation.”

 

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 Weapons: Russian BMP-Terminator Tank

BMP-Terminator: Designed after the lessons of the Chechen War

 

This Tank or (Tank Support Combat Vehicle) design came in response to the DISASTER the Russian Army encountered in Grozny in 1994-95 when small elements of Guerilla Rifleman armed with RPG’s and Anti-Tank mines took out entire Russian Armored columns.

Note the Grenade Launcher tubes on both the port and starboard sides of the tank.

Grenade Launchers are extremely effective in dealing with Hunter-Killer Teams in urban terrain like those seen in the Chechen Wars.