The Chinese are not noted for giving their firearms exciting names, so you may not think there's much to the Type 64 pistol. But you'd be wrong! Brownells Gun Techs Keith Ford and Caleb Savant recently visited Rock Island Auction Company to take a look at this unique pistol with a built-in sound suppressor. The Type 64 was developed in the early 1960s and was employed in Vietnam. It was purpose-built as a suppressed pistol and is a very compact package - no big silencer screwed on the muzzle. Th
Think the high-capacity magazine is a recent invention™ Think again! On their most recent visit to Rock Island Auctions, Brownells Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem found this example of the Evans Repeating Rifle. The Evans shot its own unique .44 caliber cartridge, appropriately named the ".44 Evans," that had about as much oomph as a .44 Special. BUT it held 34 rounds in the even more unique helical tubular magazine that extended back through the buttstock. Actually, the stock is two piece
We've been doing From the Vault for a while, but we've never had a "classic" firearm quite like this one! Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant takes us on a walkaround of an AT4 shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon. Originally developed by Saab Bofors Dynamics in Sweden, it was adopted into U.S. service in 1987 as the M136 AT4 and is manufactured by ATK. The U.S. military uses various versions of AT4, the most common firing a 440-gram high-explosive projectile that is NOT good news for armored vehicle
Brownells Public Relations Specialist Roy Hill is here to tell us about his "new" Chilean Model 1935 Mauser rifle. Roy had recently acquired a few hundred rounds of 7mm Mauser ammo and needed a rifle to go with them, when he discovered this rifle in the Brownells Retail Store. He quickly identified it as the quite rare "Modelo 1935" variant of the venerable Mauser 98, made for the Carabineros de Chile, a paramilitary police organization that's kind of the Chilean analog to the Italian Carabinier
Keith and Steve are taking a break today, so their fellow Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant has stepped in to show us his Mossberg Model 151M(b) rifle. In production only from 1948 through 1954, the 151M(b) is a semi-auto .22 rimfire target rifle from the higher end of the Mossberg lineup but still very affordable, both then and now. It's fed by a tubular magazine running through the buttstock, and like most tube-fed .22s, it'll shoot .22 Short, Long, and Long Rifle ammo. When Caleb rescued this
Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford is in heaven.... well, as close as you can get while still having a pulse! He's at Rock Island Auction Company surrounded by early 20th century belt-fed machine guns, all of them designed by that American firearm genius, John Moses Browning. The Colt-Browning M1895 "Potato Digger" was the first successful gas-operated machine gun, and the first machine gun adopted by the U.S. military. Production was limited, so only small numbers of these served in both the Spanis
We've given up trying to tear them away! As long as Keith and Steve refuse to leave the Rock Island Auction Company, they might as well tell us about this beautiful little Winchester Model 64. A deluxe variant of the famous Model 1894 lever action rifle, the Model 64 was in production from 1933 through 1957 (so all 64s are "pre-'64s"). Rock Island's Model 64 is chambered in the now nearly forgotten .219 Zipper. A .30-30 necked down to .22 caliber, the .219 Zipper zipped along at about 2,700 fps.
It's time to kick back and see what Keith and Steve have found for us at Rock Island Auction Company.... Today it's a pair of "trapper" carbines from the two gunmakers synonymous with lever action rifles, Winchester and Marlin. Despite the name, these stubby-barreled rifles weren't used only by trappers. Anybody who needed a handy, compact, lightweight rifle might carry one, and because they were heavily used "working" guns, originals in good condition are quite rare. The National Firearms Act o
Brownells Gun Techs and avid firearm history geeks Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford return to Rock Island Auction Company to show us a real rarity: a Remington Model 16 autoloading rifle in .22 Remington Automatic. Also called ".22 Rem Auto," this rimfire cartridge is true Unobtanium nowadays. The gun itself is an exquisite blued-steel-and-wood creation with a slim, sleek receiver, and a magazine tube that loads from a port in the stock. It has an elegantly simple takedown mechanism, which Steve demo
Guntech Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford travel to Rock Island Auction Company to explore an SMLE Sniper Rifle.
From the Vault: M2 Carbine with Night Vision
Gun Tech Keith Ford and Product Manager Paul Levy visit the Rock Island Auction House to talk about some M1 Grand and M1 Carbine Cutaways.
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