Category Archives: History

Readers can find a small collection of historically relevant articles here. Due to the time and effort required to research many of these posts, this category is not updated as frequently as others.

Classic Arms Review: M1 Carbine

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Frequent readers and those that follow Modern Rifleman on social media have likely come to understand that I am seriously fascinated by firearm technology and new/innovative designs. While this undeniably true, my firearms journey actually started in a much less advanced niche, as most of my earliest acquisitions were rifles used in the Second World War. As the grandson of… Read more »

Proof Marks, Date Codes, and German Firearms

Collectors who spend enough time around European firearms will often notice that the guns are littered with a variety of odd markings, letters, and other stamps that seem like some sort of secret code language from another world. Seemingly every European pistol or rifle has these markings, but rarely do product manuals or any other official literature cover what they… Read more »

CSGV Dubs Mosin-Nagant an “Insurrectionist” Rifle and a History Lesson

As far as willfully ignorant anti-gun groups are concerned, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence may well be the most moronic of the bunch. Kings of gun control agitprop and provocateurs in the most intellectually bankrupt way possible, the CSGV is composed of precisely the types of folks who project their instability on the rest of society. I’m a firm believer… Read more »

Recommended Viewing: The Great War Channel on YouTube

If you like history, especially military history, you really owe it to yourself to start watching The Great War channel on YouTube. The series started in July of last year and aims to follow the 4 year struggle of World War One in a week-by-week fashion, recounting events exactly 100 years after they took place. Host Indy Neidell does an… Read more »

Classic Arms Review: Mosin-Nagant M91/30

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After antiquated weaponry led to heavy Russian losses during the Russo-Ottoman War, Russian military leadership recognized the urgent need for a more modern infantry rifle. At the time, Russian forces were equipped with single-shot Berdan rifles that were woefully inadequate against newer, magazine-fed rifles. Over the course of the following decade, designers worked to develop a replacement for the Berdan… Read more »

Mikhail Kalashnikov Dies at 94

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As some of you may have seen, Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of the AK-47, died today in Russia. There can be no doubt that he and his rifle have been vilified throughout the years, largely for the firearm’s role in bloody third world conflicts. Indeed from even an American gun owner’s perspective, I find myself somewhat conflicted about the man. However,… Read more »

The Proposed Second Amendment

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The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country: but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person – James Madison (Proposed Second Amendment text) An article published by the National Constitution… Read more »