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libertygunmarket:

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historicalfirearms:

The Czechoslovakian Vz. 58

Development of the Vz.58 began in 1956 when the Czech army called for a replacement of its uninspired Vz. 52 semi-automatic infantry rifle. Originally the new rifle was to be chambered in the 7.62×45mm Vz.52 round which had recently been standardised by the Czech army. However, the USSR, much like NATO, called for ammunition standardisation within the greater Communist Block in the late 1950s and as such the new Czech rifle was rechambered for the AK-47’s M48 intermediate cartridge. 

Officially designated the ‘7.62 mm Samopal vzor 58' or 7.62mm submachine gun model 1958.  The rifle is often understandably mistaken for being a member of the Kalashnikov family however, the two rifles could not be more different.  The receiver is milled from a solid block of steel, rather than stamped as in the AK, while this made the weapon slower to produce it does make the weapon substantially lighter than the AK. The AK-47 weighs roughly 7.7lbs unloaded while the Vz.58 weighs 6.8lbs - similar to a later AKM.

The stock furniture rather interestingly was made from a wood-chip impregnated resin which proved extremely durable.  The Vz.58’s internal workings differ radically as it fires from a tilting block with separate gas piston and bolt carrier and unlike the hammer fired AK, the Vz. 58 is striker fired.  Another interesting difference between the two is that unlike with AK rifles the Vz.58's bolt will lock back once the weapon is empty (see image #4).

The Vz. 58 proved to be a handy, robust rifle, arguably more refined in appearance and operation than the AK.  Following the partition of Warsaw Pact member, Czechoslovakia in 1993 the Vz. 58 has remained the standard issue infantry rifle for both Slovakia and the Czech Republic and as such has seen deployments around the world as a part of NATO, although the Czech Army has begun the process of adopting the new CZ 805 the Vz. 58 is set to remain in service for at least another decade.

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Military Small Arms, I. Hogg & J. Weeks, (1985)

(Source: historicalfirearms, via moistnuggetcollector)

peashooter85:

The .45 Broomhandle —- The Shangxi Type 17

After the Chinese emperor was deposed in 1912 a republic was formed but China was not officially a unified nation.  The period of Chinese history from around the end of World War I to 1928 was known as the “Warlord Era” due to the fact that the country was controlled by various warlords, former generals of the Chinese Imperial Army. 

One of these warlords was Gen. Yen Xishan, who controlled Shanshi Province in Northern China.  In order to supply his army with weapons Gen. Xishan established an arms factory at the capital city of Taiyuan called the Shanxi Arsenal, where copies of the Thompson Submachine gun were produced.  The common sidearm for the Chinese at the time was the C-96 Broomhandle pistol.  However Xishan’s army began experiencing supply problems, and 7.63mm ammuntion for the Broomhandle was becoming scarce.  Thus he ordered the production of his own Broomhandle’s produced at his factory, chambered in .45ACP, a round also used by the Thompson.  This help ease his supply problems by adopting a common caliber.

The Shanxi Broomhandle’s most noticeable feature is its larger size, created to accomodate the larger .45ACP cartridge.  This creates the look of a Broomhandle pistol on steroids, with a large magazine and huge frame.  They were of also lesser aesthetic quality compared to their European counterparts, notice that tool marks have been left all over the pistol. Regardless the Shanxi Broomhandle proved to be tough and reliable.

Today these pistols are very rare.  Only 8,000 were produced, but after the Communists took over the country in 1950, most were melted down because they did not share common caliber with the new Peoples Revolutionary Army of China.

(Source: milpas.cc, via peashooter85)

peashooter85:

Clark Gable hunting with his wife and fellow actress Carol Lombard in 1939.  Gable described his marriage with Lombard as the happiest years of his life.  Tragically she would be killed in an airplane accident less than three years later.

peashooter85:

Clark Gable hunting with his wife and fellow actress Carol Lombard in 1939.  Gable described his marriage with Lombard as the happiest years of his life.  Tragically she would be killed in an airplane accident less than three years later.

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militaryarmament:

The Mi-28NE Night Hunter.

militaryarmament:

The Mi-28NE Night Hunter.

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