Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Surplus Firearms on Shelves Now

Guns & Ammo has released its latest Surplus Firearms issue, and this one is a good one. It’s covering the “Guns of D-Day” and has several feature articles on various weapons. When I saw the cover, it states that one of the “Complete Rundowns” is on the Japanese Type 30 Arisaka. I figured, “has to be a misprint”, they mean the Type 38 – the Type 30 is too obscure. Much to my surprise – no! The article really is on the Type 30 – “the rifle [that] brought Japan’s military into the modern age.”

An overview of the articles:

The D-Day feature covers “the Guns and Gear of the 82nd and 101st Airborne” with lots of good color pictures .

There’s a full feature article on the M91 Argentine Mauser.

Another article covers “The Revolutionary Portuguese Korpatschek” with its unique bolt and magazine arrangement.

“Chasing Villa” covers the arms and equipment used by the US army in their pursuit of Francisco “Pancho” Villa.

In yet another interesting choice, the French Model 1873 Revolver also gets a write-up, as do the Enfield Revolver and the Smith and Wesson Victory.

The Irish Constabulary carbine – yes ANOTHER unusual choice – gets a write up.

In more conventional circles, the Soviet M44 Mosin Nagant, Springfield 03A3, and 1879 Trap-Door get write ups.

Several other articles are in the issue, including ones on the Gras, the Gewehr 88, the Bergmann Machine Pistol, the Cold New Army & Navy, the Ruby Pistol, and the Italian Modello 1910 Glisenti.

In short – there’s a little something for everyone in this issue. As always the articles give a little bit of history (which may or may not be quibbled with), and then go through the actual engineering, operation, and performance of the weapons. Color pictures are generous throughout, and it’s well worth the magazine’s $9 price tag.

Until next time!!!

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