Posts Tagged ‘Rifle’

Rifle: Italian Vetterli M70/87/15

Rifle Italian Vetterli M70/87/15 Manufacturers Various
Cartridge 6.5x52mm Overall Length 53″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 33.2″
Magazine 6 rounds Weight 9 lbs


Material shortages plagued the Italian military through two world wars and a number of colonial campaigns.   In desperation, their first rifle as a country ended up serving with soldiers and conscripts until at least 1941.  The following article will be a little light, as it has been dashed together in order to counter an incorrect designation by Les Gold of Hardcore Pawn on Good Afternoon America.  Please forgive our brevity.  We’ll readdress this rifle with more information when we’ve learned more ourselves about the Vetterli M70/87/15.

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Rifle: Mosin Nagant wz.91/98/26

Rifle Mosin Nagant wz.91/98/26 Manufacturers Arma and W.R.N.1
Cartridge 7.92x57mm Overall Length 39.4″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 23.6″
Magazine 5 rounds Weight 8.2 lbs


The unusual gun pictured above is not some unholy abomination born in a hobbyist’s garage.  It is, in fact, a Polish Army service rifle issued as stop gap measure during the Interwar Period.  While there are very few hard facts available about these rifles due to their rarity, we’re going to do our best to record what we’ve found below.  Read More…

Rifle: U.S. Rifle M1 Carbine

M1 Carbine Tilt

Rifle U.S. Rifle M1 Carbine Manufacturer Numerous
Caliber .30 Carbine Overall Length 35.6″
Action Short Stroke Gas Barrel Length 18″
Magazine 15rnd or 30rnd detachable Weight 5.2 lbs


Suzie here to give you a little history lesson about one of my favorite darlings: the M1 Carbine, formally called the United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1. It was my first, you could say. The first gun that I fired and thought, “I have to have one of these.” And I’m hoping that after you learn more about it, you’ll feel the same way. Read More…

Rifle: Lee-Enfield No. 5 Mk I

Lee-Enfield No.5 MkI "Jungle Carbine"

Rifle Lee-Enfield No. 5 Mk I Manufacturer BSA and Fazakerley
Caliber .303 British Overall Length 39.5″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 20.5″
Magazine 10 rounds staggered Weight 7 lbs


The Lee-Enfield No. 5 Mk I, nicknamed the “Jungle Carbine”, is a light and handy little rifle with a kick so rough that the designers included a rubber butt pad.  Its sporty appearance meant a high demand and imposters abound.  So read the rest or beware of frauds!

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Chinese-Mauser-Type-Zhongzheng tilt

Rifle Chinese Zhong Zheng Shi Rifle Manufacturer Gongxian, Hanyang, Nanking
Cartridge 7.92x57mm Overall Length 43.6″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 23.6″
Magazine 5 rounds staggered Weight 8.8 lbs


Commonly known as the “Chiang Kai Shek” rifle, this Chinese copy of the Mauser Standard Modell is one of the most produced and heavily used military rifles in history.  Despite the millions made and their extreme service lives, many collectors take little notice of these guns in their research or collecting. Read More…