Weapon 2023, January

AK-12 project. First 10 years

AK-12 project. First 10 years

Ten years ago, in 2011, NPO Izhmash (now the Kalashnikov Concern) began developing a promising assault rifle, the future AK-12. During the development and testing stage, this sample faced various difficulties, which had the most serious consequences. However, the AK-12 was still brought to the desired

Browning's unique designs. Let's start with the A-5 gun

Browning's unique designs. Let's start with the A-5 gun

The receiver of the A-5 shotgun. Photo by Alain Daubresse "… not to the speed of human feet …" (Psalms 146: 10) Arms and firms. Although it is said in the Bible that He does not favor the speed of human feet, but only speed in a person's life means a lot. And it is clear that not only in walking

They were the first: Colt Lightning vs. Winchester

They were the first: Colt Lightning vs. Winchester

Rifles "Colt-Lightning" of various calibers with reloading using a sliding forearm. It's comfortable. The butt is not removed from the shoulder when firing, the rifle is reloaded with a short movement of the right hand. Thanks to this, in terms of their rate of fire, these Colt guns surpassed all previously known

Death Scythe: Renaissance two-handed swords with a flaming blade

Death Scythe: Renaissance two-handed swords with a flaming blade

Two-handed sword on a miniature from the manuscript "Human Mirror of Salvation", c. 1325-1375, Karlsruhe. Germany, Baden State Library "… for all who take the sword will die by the sword …" (Gospel of Matthew 26:52) Weapons from museums. In the previous article, it was about what exactly two-handed

200 years of Henry. The first working lever action rifle

200 years of Henry. The first working lever action rifle

Anniversary release of the Henry rifle for the 200th anniversary of its creator. Caliber and cartridge .44-40 WCF. Produced by Henry Repeating Arms It has always been and will be that a person takes the first step. Its consequences are not yet obvious. Other people follow him to improve his idea. And only with time

Dueling pistols and duel of M. Yu. Lermontov

Dueling pistols and duel of M. Yu. Lermontov

Ilya Efimovich Repin "Duel", 1896. State Tretyakov Gallery And there, in the distance, a ridge of discordant, But forever proud and calm, Stretched the mountains - and Kazbek sparkled with a pointed head. And with sad secret and heart I thought: a wretched man. What does he want … the sky is clear, There's plenty of room under the sky for everyone, but

MPL pistol "Lynx" on the eve of adoption

MPL pistol "Lynx" on the eve of adoption

In the near future, the Rys self-loading MPL pistol will be adopted by the National Guard. Recently, this product has successfully completed government tests and received all the necessary recommendations. In the near future, the development organization plans to start mass production of such weapons. The first

Weapons of the Zaporozhye Cossacks: on a painting and in a museum

Weapons of the Zaporozhye Cossacks: on a painting and in a museum

Here they are what "Cossacks"! - My angel, this is a triumph, I could have sold a dozen Cezannes without leaving the place! - Well, you know, and one is more than enough … (How to steal a million?) Art and history. We had such a cycle, where it was told about weapons drawn by artists in certain paintings. AND

"The Forsyte Saga": the flintlock is replaced by the capsule

"The Forsyte Saga": the flintlock is replaced by the capsule

Forsyth system double-barreled pistol, approx. 1824 Horizontal sliding batcher. Length 22.9 cm. Length with barrel 10.3 cm; caliber 14 mm; weight 1199.2 g. Metropolitan Museum, New York Kuzya broke the trigger at the gun, Match carries a box with him, Sits behind a bush - lures a grouse, Match to the seed

Unknown Lever Rifles: Colt Burgess vs. Winchester

Unknown Lever Rifles: Colt Burgess vs. Winchester

Burgess foldable smoothbore shotgun. Photo of their magazine Popular Mechanics “- Let it be so,” said the mandarin's daughter. “You, Kwon-Si, will rebuild your walls for the last time in the semblance of the wind itself, no more and no less. We will build ours in the likeness of a golden serpent. The wind will lift the kite to

The ballad about "Winchester": in the world war and on the hunt

The ballad about "Winchester": in the world war and on the hunt

The author with the M1895 rifle. It is especially pleasant to write about what you happened to hold on to with your own hands. (Photo from the author's collection) “Evening! Evening! Evening! Italy! Germany! Austria!”And a stream of crimson blood spilled onto the square, darkly outlined by the blackness

The ballad about "Winchester": a weapon for the Terminator and not only

The ballad about "Winchester": a weapon for the Terminator and not only

Here it is: "Winchester" M1887 - one of the iconic examples of American small arms in the hands of the Terminator … At first glance and sight It seems not difficult thing - this luxurious plain chains, How close to death it can be

PLC pistol at IDEX-2021. Expectations and prospects

PLC pistol at IDEX-2021. Expectations and prospects

PLC pistol at one of the exhibitionsOn February 21 in Abu Dhabi another international military-technical exhibition IDEX opens, one of the largest participants of which will traditionally be Russia. At this event, the Russian Concern Kalashnikov plans to present for the first time several new

Ballad of "Winchester": steps to perfection

Ballad of "Winchester": steps to perfection

The immediate predecessor of the M1894 Winchester is the M1886 Winchester chambered for the .45-70 caliber. "A blind man will understand what is going on here," he said. This is a bullet with a soft nose and a steel shirt, and yours with a soft nose and a steel shirt. Here thirty - thirty; and yours is thirty - thirty. This is a factory

The commercial success of the Smart Shooter SMASH

The commercial success of the Smart Shooter SMASH

SMASH 2000 scopes are ready for mounting on a weapon. Photo by Smart Shooter Ltd. Several years ago, the Israeli company Smart Shooter Ltd. (Kibbutz Yagur) brought to the market an original development - the “smart sight” SMASH. Later, on the basis of new technologies, several similar products were developed with certain

Honor hostage weapon

Honor hostage weapon

The famous duel in the United States in 1804, when Vice President Aaron Barr and Alexander Hamilton met in a duel. The latter was wounded and died the next day … He tells Lepage's servant to carry the fatal trunks after him, and the horses to drive off into the field to two oak trees. "Eugene Onegin" A.S. PushkinHistory

Pistols for clutches, shoes and a vest pocket

Pistols for clutches, shoes and a vest pocket

He was only lying in his pocket, In the last decisive hour, he will never deceive you, he will never betray you! Adam Lindsay Gordon Weapons and firms. In 2013, Voennoye Obozreniye already had material about the Derringer pistol (Ageless Derringer). But since a lot of time has passed since that moment, and

Six rifles and two cartridges. ROC "Ugolyok"

Six rifles and two cartridges. ROC "Ugolyok"

Shooting from SVD - the main sniper rifle of the Russian army. Photo of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Over the past several years, the leading enterprises of our arms industry have been developing a sniper complex with the code "Ugolyok". The bulk of the development work has already been completed, and in

And a black knife stabbed the fascist

And a black knife stabbed the fascist

I hold a knife in my hands. It is in a black wooden sheath. This is HP-40. A scout's knife, model 1940, made at the Zlatoust tool plant - combine named after V.I. Lenin. The handle of the blade is painted black. The workers of the plant handed such knives to the border guards before being sent to

Duels and dueling pistols A.S. Pushkin

Duels and dueling pistols A.S. Pushkin

Duel of Onegin and Lensky. Illustration for "Eugene Onegin". Image from the site artchive.ru "Now converge." Cold-blooded, Still not aiming, two enemies Walking firmly, quietly, exactly Four steps crossed, Four mortal steps. Then Yevgeny, without ceasing to advance, Began the first to quietly raise. Here

Ballad of Winchester: Marlin vs. Winchester

Ballad of Winchester: Marlin vs. Winchester

Carbine "Marlin" М1893 chambered for .32 H.P.S. (.32 special high energy) “They built their wall,” the mandarin replied, “in the shape of a pig! Understand? The wall of our city is built like an orange. Their pig will eagerly devour us! - Oh. - And they both thought for a long time. " ("Golden serpent, silver

Le Ma: a revolver with two barrels

Le Ma: a revolver with two barrels

Capsule revolver Le Ma of the first model. It is easy to recognize, since its trunk is half round, and then it is octahedral. Photo courtesy of Alain Daubresse www.littlegun.be Caliber - easy to get scared, To lose peace forever, By eye - thirteen millimeters, More precisely - twelve and seven … Half an inch

Bayonets in battle: yesterday and today

Bayonets in battle: yesterday and today

In the photo, clearly Soviet militias are being trained in bayonet combat under the guidance of an instructor. But look what kind of rifles they have and what kind of bayonets they have? For more than three centuries of the history of the bayonet, it was used in battle more than once, but every decade less and less. As a result, these days "bayonet

Earliest firearms: multiple-shot weapons

Earliest firearms: multiple-shot weapons

French cavalry pistol An XI (French cavalry flintlock pistol model An IX) 350 mm long and 17.1 mm caliber. Weight 1.3 kg. See how it looks in the hand of a 178 cm tall man. Penza Museum of the Russian Army And the gunsmiths were able to achieve success on this path very

The earliest firearms: wheeled and multi-barreled

The earliest firearms: wheeled and multi-barreled

A multiple rocket launcher (pictured left) designed by James Wilson in 1779. Henry Knock produced these guns for the British Navy. All seven barrels had a common fuse and fired in a volley. The bullets flew to the sides when fired, so one shot into the crowd could

Earliest firearms: parallel

Earliest firearms: parallel

Jean Froissard (1337-1410). Crossbowmen at the Battle of Crecy. The National Library of FranceBakhram was skillful in all arts. He galloped with a quiver, a crossbow. A rider rushed after another couple, And in a cross-fire - a simple pebble. "Shah-name" Hakim Abulkasim Firdousi. Translation by S. I. Lipkin History

Bayonets-daggers versus bayonets on bushings

Bayonets-daggers versus bayonets on bushings

"Sharpshooters" with a horn on a cap. This is how they were, this is how they are presented in the series about the king's gunner Sharpe. “What are we? On winter quarters? Don't dare, perhaps, the commanders of the strangers to tear off the uniforms of the Russian bayonets? "(Borodino. M.Yu. Lermontov) History of weapons. At the beginning of the XVIII on the territory of the North

The ballad about the famous "Winchester": new cartridges, new weapons

The ballad about the famous "Winchester": new cartridges, new weapons

John Wayne with a Winchester in his hands in the 1956 movie "The Searchers". "The Yellow Guy", "The Gun That Conquered the Wild West" - how much romance there are in these familiar names, and, in fact, the same weapon - Oliver Winchester's carbine , which became the further development of the Tyler Henry rifle, to

On the way to the centerfire cartridge. Martin's patron

On the way to the centerfire cartridge. Martin's patron

50-70 Government cartridge All people who have anything to do with small arms are familiar with such ammunition. Still, considering that this is the most widespread

Revolver Galan in Russia: serial versus unique

Revolver Galan in Russia: serial versus unique

A truly unique photo, which simply has no price: Galan revolver with an inscription on the barrel: “N.I. Goltyakov. 1879. Head. No. 780 "from the Perm Museum of Local Lore. Museum item number - POKM # 100500. As you can see, our "responsible bodies" have worked hard on this revolver with might and main

Pistols with bayonets

Pistols with bayonets

Any novelty is usually used until "frayed to holes." A similar story took place with bayonets. They also began to be installed on pistols, and even on … machine guns. But today we will start with pistols and … revolvers, for which special bayonets were also invented

Machine gun MG5 arrives at the troops of the Federal Republic of Germany

Machine gun MG5 arrives at the troops of the Federal Republic of Germany

A machine gunner with an MG5A2 firing from his hands during the exercise. Loose tape is used. Below is a bag with accessories. Currently, the Bundeswehr is replacing the honored veteran - the MG3 machine gun with a new one - MG5. A new single machine gun was born as a result of a competition announced in 2008-2009

"In the blue cold of bayonets "

"In the blue cold of bayonets "

"Patriotic Spaniards Attack French Bandits." With such drawings, during the Napoleonic wars, publishers tried to raise the morale of the people. On the banner in the distance is the inscription: "Long live King Ferdinand!" In the battle, as you can see, everyone is involved. Foreground shows effective work

The ballad about the "damn rifle". It all started with a jet bullet

The ballad about the "damn rifle". It all started with a jet bullet

Get together, clumsy, Pose the gruel with me And immediately after supper I will sing you a ballad about weapons, Weapons, weapons. Vladimir Vysotsky. Ballad about weapons If we open the book by V.E. Markevich's "Hand Firearms" (that is, the "Bible" of anyone who is interested in the history of weapons), then we can

Galan: the man and the revolver

Galan: the man and the revolver

Revolver "Galan". World illustration, No. 39, 1869 Forget about thousands of comrades, And the other hundreds of chimeras, You will never find a friend more faithfully, Than your combat revolver! He only, lying in your pocket, In the last decisive hour, You will never be deceived, You will never be betrayed! (Adam Lindsay Gordon - Australian

Specialization bayonets

Specialization bayonets

The 8th Danish Brigade attacks at Dubbel. Wilhelm Rosenstand (1838-1915). Museum of National History, Copenhagen And angrily sees Karl the mighty No more upset clouds Of unhappy Narva fugitives, But a string of regiments of brilliant, slender Obedient, fast and calm, And a number of unshakable bayonets. (Poltava

50-round pistol that leaves no chance for body armor

50-round pistol that leaves no chance for body armor

Pistol Kel-Tec P50 The American company Kel-Tec is famous for its unusual developments in the field of small arms. One of the latest developments of the company is the Kel-Tec P50 pistol for the magazine from the FN P90 submachine gun, designed for 50 rounds. A feature of the new weapon chambered for

Training pistol "Marker"

Training pistol "Marker"

Marker pistol. Photo TsNIITOCHMASH In Klimovsk, which today is a microdistrict of Podolsk in the Moscow region, the famous enterprise TsNIITOCHMASH is located. The Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering is part of the state corporation "Rostec" and specializes in the development and

Better than Smith & Wesson: Mervyn & Hubert's revolver

Better than Smith & Wesson: Mervyn & Hubert's revolver

There were revolvers very similar to each other in appearance, but very different in design. For example, the Mervyn & Hubert revolvers could easily be confused from a distance with the Smith & Wesson revolvers. Nevertheless, these were samples of weapons that were completely different in design

And Gillet, and Terry, and Carle

And Gillet, and Terry, and Carle

The third design of the Poppenburg shutter, patented jointly with John Benson in December 1866 (patent # 3382). The T-shaped lifting lever of the bolt, the grooves for its attachment in the receiver and the corresponding protrusions on the bolt are clearly visible. Photo by Mathieu Willemsen, curator of the War Museum in