Interesting firearms

A 1911 you don’t see every day.

My friend Todd was kind enough to let me take some pictures of his Remington Rand. The gun has been in his family for quite some time, and unfortunately for me – he doesn’t want to part with it…

Remington Rand 2

Remington Rand


HK21 – A work of art.

One of my holy grails in belt-fed guns is the HK21.
A good friend of mine has acquired one of these beauties recently, and while the sear pack is in the process of going from dealer to dealer, the rifle itself was transferred with a semi trigger pack as a Title I firearm.

Fortunately, it resides in my safe for a while until the owner comes around to claim it.
I took the opportunity to take a closer look at it. Whilst not 100% familiar with the differences in 21 models, I know that this is a non-E model, as it has the slide-out feed tray vs. the swing-down version of the 21E.

The rifle is clearly based on the G3 receiver, with hefty reinforcements in place to keep things together. Functionally the 21 is very similar to the G3, rounds come in below the bolt and strip forwards through the link into the chamber. Technically it’s possible to get a magazine adapter and have it run from a normal HK magazine.

Having shot one on a few occasions, I can truly say it’s an impressive piece of machinery, simple yet cleverly designed, usually to be expected from Germans…
The rifle is chambered in 7.62×51, which in full auto makes you appreciate the 18 Lbs of the gun, although it still makes you very aware of what you’re doing.


Inverted belt allow the rounds to be stripped out from the bolt riding above in the forward cycle.

Slide-out style feed tray.

Quick change barrel control. Unlatch, rotate up, and the barrel is free.

1200 Meter sight.

Stay posted for a future range report!

A guy walks into a pawn shop….

And walks out with what he believes to be a snub nose .38, for personal and home defense.

What he comes home with, however, isn’t quite what he thought it was.
Not only is it not .38 Special, but it’s in a much shorter, and hard to find caliber: .38 Smith & Wesson.
Perhaps not what he was looking for after all!

What we’ve got here, is a 1935 Enfield No.2 Mk.1, with a barrel cut down to 2″.

Snubby No1Mk2 2

Some history on the Enfield revolver.

The No.2 Mk.1 was adopted by the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth in 1931, with an external hammer, fired from both Single Action and Double Action. (SA/DA).

In 1938, supposedly by the request of tank crews who kept getting the hammer snagged onto things in their confined battle stations, the No.2Mk1* was introduced, with a Dual Action Only trigger, and a spurless hammer. In War time, most Mk.1 models were converted into Mk.1*, refitted with a different hammer and trigger mechanism.

At some point or another, a snub nose model was fabricated, based on the No.2 Mk.1*. The barrel was cut to 2″, and the top of the remaining barrel was machined down, and the sight base and blade from the original model were soldered on. The modification almost unnoticeable by the untrained eye, the revolver seemed as if it was made that way. Supposedly a handful of revolvers were modified, and the project was stopped. Few of these snub nose models remain in the UK.

The gun we have here, was a relatively common sight in the ’60s in the US, Enfield revolvers were imported by the bunch and sold by mail order companies by the dozen, and were cheap. To boost sales, few resellers cut down the fine No.2 Mk1* models and soldered a blade on the end for a sight.

The interesting thing seems that the modified ones offered at the time were all Mk.1* models, and not Mk.1 models like this one. Whoever did the modification butchered up a fine revolver, but at least spent some time fabricating and installing the sight. In the right light and clearly visible in the pictures, the difference in bluing is noticeable, and some traces of solder can be seen.
Nonetheless, a nice piece of work.

Is it rare? Not really. Is it valuable? Not really. One thing is for sure though; It’s a neat old thing!

Snubby No1 Mk2


Snubby No1 Mk2 3

A rare beauty.

At the last Hernando Machine-gun shoot I came across this beautiful Argentina model 1895 Maxim.

In 1895 the Argentinean government placed an order for 50 Maxim guns with Maxim Nordenfelt Guns and Ammunition Company Limited in England. The guns carried serial numbers 1-50.
When the need for more guns arose, another order for 150 more guns was placed in 1898, but thsi time with the Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM), licensed Maxim manufacturers at the time.

Numbered 51-200, all the guns were chambered in Belgium Mauser 7.65×53. With the exception of numbers 181-200, all the Maxims built for the Argentinian contract had brass water jackets.
In 1909, Argentina adopted the new 7.65x53mm Spitzer round with the pointed bullet and flatter trajectory.  All of Argentina’s Maxims were then re-barreled for the new cartridge and the long sight bar was shortened for the high-speed, flatter trajectory of the new cartridge.

In the 1950s, the guns had become obsolete, and 91 units were sold and exported to the US. The rest of the guns remained in Argentina, in museums, officers mess’ etc. Of the 91 sol to the US, 8 were re-exported, 18 were government owned and ended up in museums, storage and some were destroyed. The remaining 55 US guns ended up in private collections.

The gun I photographed carries number 143, and was part of the second DWM order in 1898.

Cooling down during a cease-fire.

Cooling down during a cease-fire.  The gun is set in its original Ackland tripod, made in England by VSM (Vickers, Sons & Maxim)

The gun's number, year and manufacturer can clearly be seen.

Note the wooden feed assist roller in the brass feed block.

The wooden feed roller in the brass feed housing.

Note the Spanish safety marking, and "143" in the trigger and back plate.

(Source: Small Arms Defense Journal for data.)

Jericho 941 Pistol.

In 1990, Israeli Military Industries introduced the Jericho 941. A design based on the very succesful CZ75, the pistols were assembled with components from the Italian contractor Tanfolio.

The gun pictured here is the 9mm Sub-Compact model, using a shorter barrel in the full size frame.
It was imported before 2008 by Magnum Research as the “Baby Eagle Pistol”
I carry this gun loaded with Hornady TAP 147 grain.

The weight of the pistol when loaded is around 2.6 Lbs,  taming recoil and making it easy to shoot. The grip angle and the palm swell in the back strap make for an overall very comfortable grip. The Hogue Wrap-around adds to that. The polygonal rifling in the barrel lengthens barrel life, and some say adds accuracy. I find the gun to be very accurate.

Although the pistol looks very similar to the CZ75, it has a few differences. For one, the full size model is considerably heavier, it weighs 2.4 Lbs, compared to the 1.7 Lbs of the CZ75. Another major difference is the decocker/safety in the 941, compared to the CZ, which has a separate decocker.

9mm Sub Compact model.

Sten MkII.

First time out with the Sten MkII.

A Nazi 1911….

Around the same time that the US was choosing a new semi-auto pistol, the Kingdom of Norway was also looking to standardize on a new pistol. They actually ended up selecting Colt’s 1903 Model. However, before they could go into full production of the 1903, the US selected the 1911, which caused Norway to reconsider.

Norway ended up selecting the 1911 with a minor change in the design of the slide stop lever. This was designated as the Norwegian Model of 1914, also known as the Kongsberg Colt (as it was made under license in the Kongsberg factory in Norway).

At the start of WW2, Germany invaded and occupied Norway. Production of the Kongsberg Colt continued while under Nazi occupation. It was designated as the Pistole 657(n). Approximately 8000 were made during the period 1940-1945.

However, only in the last year of production did the Germans add the Waffenamt stamp indicating it was a german weapon. This is one of approximately 920 pistols to receive the German Waffenamt, marking it as a Nazi 1911. Notice the Norwegian modified slide stop lever. Makes it easier to operate with one hand.

As posted by member “Beetle” on, who owns this beautiful and very rare peace of history.

More of the K98-45 Mauser.

I was able to take the gun out today, and shoot it without other shooters around. She functioned flawlessly, the cheap gunshow magazine marked “COLT 45” works even better than the Chip McCormick one. I had ZERO feeding issues today.

I soldered on a rear sight sleeve, and a front sight. The finish I ended up applying was Brownell’s Park-grey. I had two out-of the box failures with the pricey gun-kote they sell. Truly a crappy product.

Next week I hope to properly sight it in.

The original Snub-Nose?

I came across these interesting pictures today, of what appears to be a 44 CAL Confederate copy of a 1851 Colt Navy.

I don’t know the origins of the pictures, or the history of the gun, but I can only imagine what the intended purpose of the modified gun was. Reloading it didn’t seem too much of a concern, as the ramrod assembly was completely removed.

45ACP Mauser video

Finally got the barrel threaded, and was able to test it. AAC Ti-Rant 45 is mounted!