Monthly Archive: May 2016

May 27

A Brief History of Ammunition, Part II

The Snider Rifle was developed by an American, adopted by the British, and copied by the Nepalese. It was ultimately a stop-gap measure that had a short service life. Contained Cartridges and Breechloaders The Dreyse Needle Gun was invented in Prussia in 1836. It was adopted for Prussian military service in 1848, and first saw …

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May 18

A Brief History of Ammunition, Part I

From left to right: .451 round ball, .58 Minie Ball, .22 LR, .22 WMR, 9×18 Makarov, .38 S&W, .38 Special, 7.62×38 Nagant, .410 Bore, 20 Gauge, 7.62x54r, 7.62×39 In the previous article, we discussed the development of black powder. While this substance was used to power firearms for nearly a millennium, it was eventually replaced …

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May 01

Hey Kids, Wanna Buy Some Black Powder?

Want to make a huge mess, temporarily obscure your vision, create a rumbling boom heard for miles, and relive some history? Me, too! For all of the criteria above, there’s no better substitute than a firearm designed to use holy black, or what most people just call black powder. What is this mysterious substance, and …

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