The Krummlauf was one of Nazi Germany’s most unique and imaginative weapon designs. But it was also a massive failure.
This is North Korea’s wacky Type 88-2 AK rifleGear
Even Kim Jong-un’s bodyguards use this horrible weapon that almost seems as if it was designed badly on purpose.
How good were the other weapons of Mikhail Kalashnikov?Weapon Systems
Mikhail Kalashnikov designed the world’s most popular rifle. But were his other creations as good as the AK-47?
This is why burst fire sucksMilitary Affairs
One thing that came out of the Cold War was an obsession with burst fire mechanisms. But burst fire is terrible.
Beretta ARX 160 – Service rifles from around the worldGear
Beretta worked with the Italian military to create the ARX 160, considered by some as the rifle of the future. But are they right?
Is the service rifle of the future a bullpup?Gear
You can learn a lot about the differences in national cultures by looking at the service rifles they issue their troops. In some ways, different countries, continents, and cultures take turns swapping in advancements in small arms technology. The United States has led the way with peep sights and semi-automatic battle rifles. Large parts of […]
Designated Marksman: The infantry squad’s long-distance solutionGear
You’ve likely seen the term designated marksmen or squad designated marksmen tossed around this website, military publications, and other forms of military media lately. You might see it shortened as DM or SDM. The rifles these guys and gals use, you may have also heard, are called DMRs or SDMRs… But what does this all […]
NGSW: Pros and cons of the Next Generation Squad Weapon entriesGear
Not to be too critical, but man, the Army loves to waste money trying to replace the M16 family of rifles. They’ve been doing it for decades now and spent millions and millions of dollars in the effort. The latest contest is called the Next Generation Squad Weapons, or NGSW, which aims to replace both […]