The submachine gun was birthed in the blood and filth of World War I as a compact combat tool optimized for trench clearing. Typical infantry rifles were cumbersome bolt-action monsters that could reach out past a kilometer and serve double duty as a proper pike with a bayonet attached. But when the engagement distance was close enough to smell what your opponent had for breakfast that morning, something handier and faster was needed.
I don’t know about you, but for me there’s just something about a former service weapon. That it protected and served gives nobility to such a piece, every bit of wear on the finish humbly calling out as time spent honorably. Whether it ever was drawn in desperation or anger is immaterial—it served. Whether it
Lieutenant Waverly Wray was an officer in D Company of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in June 1944. He dropped into Normandy on D-Day with the 82nd Airborne Division. A former Mississippi state revenue agent whose combat exploits were the stuff of legend, Lt. Wray grew up right down the road from where I currently
Flawless: adjective, without any blemishes or imperfections; perfect. The shooting industry and community—no matter what the discipline—are extremely opinionated and in some cases may be what many consider to be gullible. All of us look for information on the Internet for a variety of reasons, and what we wind up with may be dead nuts
The Internet has recently been hyping—and at the same time ridiculing—a nasty-looking radical solid-copper hollow-point (HP) handgun bullet that reminded me of Bill Kaswer’s saw-toothed “Pin Grabber” bowling pin bullet as well as Winchester’s Black Talon round. This bullet received a lot of hysterical mainstream press concerning complaints from emergency room doctors regarding its terminal
About 20 years ago, I was an Army ROTC cadet attending pre-officer training at Ft. Lewis, Washington. We were at an impact area watching a demonstration of different types of artillery that the U.S. Army had in its inventory. The weapons being demonstrated were the 105mm Howitzer and the 155mm Howitzer. The 105mm is a
In the last year, a two-shot derringer-type pistol—the DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol from DoubleTap Defense—came to the market. Wanting to see for myself what all the fuss was about, I placed an order.
While the history of mankind is characterized by war and conflict, that history is often driven by technology. Starting when that hypothetical early soldier tied a sharp rock to the end of a stick and made himself a spear, man has tried to produce weapons superior in effect and efficiency to those of his enemies. While the current public discourse on “assault weapons” incites frenetic opinions on both ends of the political spectrum, what seems to be lost is simply how tired the argument itself has become. The scariest full-auto polymer “assault rifle” of today will be ancient history a century from now.
Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, there was a niche arms race to see who could produce the smallest practical submachine gun. The Czech VZ-61 Skorpion and Russian Stetchkin machine pistol led the charge on the dark side of the Iron Curtain. Efforts on the side of freedom included the HK MP5K-PDW and the
Spike’s Tactical 9″ Side-Loading Havoc Launcher and Kaos Side-Folding Stock System equipped with L-3 EOTech EXPS3, Specter Gear MOUT sling, and CAA PBSS sling swivel, along with Pace XD 37mm round. The 37mm smoothbore launcher is a multi-use platform with both civilian and law enforcement applications, and in fact is one of the most prevalent