The Armsmaster, Author at State of Guns's Posts

New California Laws to Take Effect in 2016

New California Laws to Take Effect in 2016

Three gun safety laws will go into effect in beginning January 1st. in California. AB 1014 will allow family members to obtain a restraining order temporarily barring gun ownership for a relative they believe to be at risk of committing an act of violence. SB 199 will expand existing law to require realistic looking airsoft guns to have special features to distinguish them as toys. SB 707 will pro... »

FAMARS Shotguns: Style of the Old Country

FAMARS Shotguns: Style of the Old Country

Somehow, “Holland & Holland” (est. 1835) and “Westley Richards” (est. 1812) double-barreled rifles became a standard for high class hunting weapons. However, there are companies that follow the suit although they can’t boast a centuries’ old tradition. The company FAMARS from the town of Gardone in Val Trompia valley in northern Italy was established in 1967 by two young entrepreneur-inventors... »

Beretta AR-70/90: The Patriot

Beretta AR-70/90: The Patriot

In spite of the well-developed defense industry, primarily oriented towards small arms, Italian Armed Forces have been using a clone of M1 Garand rifle up to 1990. The BM-59 was a big, heavy battle rifle firing .308 Winchester (7.62×51 NATO) ammunition, which had already become obsolete as far as modern assault rifles are concerned. The main reason for its replacement was that rifles were vir... »

The Big Five Combo: Mauser 03 Africa and .404 Jeffery

The Big Five Combo: Mauser 03 Africa and .404 Jeffery

The reasons for disappearance of .404 Jeffery caliber can be traced to the shortage of ammunition in markets, as well as decreased interest in weapons that use it. It’s a pity that such a cartridge, which can parry .375 H&H magnum and .458 Win. Mag. is almost completely forgotten. At the turn of 19th century, .450/.400 NE 3” started taking over as a favorite rimmed cartridge in dangerous hunts... »

Ethan Allen Percussion Revolvers: Father of the Pocket Gatling Gun

Ethan Allen Percussion Revolvers: Father of the Pocket Gatling Gun

In 1847, Captain Walker wrote to “Colt” saying, “Nine out of ten men in our parts know nothing about your weapons, and, although I tried to explain all the superiorities of your revolver when compared to Ethan Allen’s Pepperboxes, they keep ignoring your guns.” Ethan Allen was born on September 2nd, 1808 in Massachusetts. Since early age he worked in a local factory, only to move out to Grafton in... »

Airforce Colt

Airforce Colt

At the very beginning of the First World War, British and French pilots saluted their German and Austrian counterparts whenever they met in the air. However, the situation changed as the air warfare heated up. At the time, planes did not have machine guns, every ounce of weight was important to these contraptions made of wood, wire and cloth. Even pilots couldn’t be too heavy or too big. Str... »

South African Police Service Special Task Force – Grueling Training for a Dangerous Job

South African Police Service Special Task Force – Grueling Training for a Dangerous Job

South African Republic is one of the most violent countries on the planet. Their special police force units are always occupied with high risk operations. Every week, there are around 500 murders, 4,500 violent assaults and 126 kidnappings. Approximately 4,000 people are arrested for kidnappings and abductions, mostly done for ransom purposes. Every eight minutes there is an armed robbery, totalin... »

School Bus Drivers Facing Embezzlement And Gun Charges

School Bus Drivers Facing Embezzlement And Gun Charges

Two school bus drivers are faced with multiple felony charges for embezzling over $50,000 which they used to stockpile an arsenal of firearms. Steven Nick and Sarah Nick, residing in Davidson Township are accused of 15 different felonies after Robert Pickell, the County Sheriff accused them of embezzling money from Sarah’s mother. According to Pickell, the Nicks were managed to acquire over ... »

How Mauser almost killed WW2

How Mauser almost killed WW2

How a Mauser C-96 Almost Killed Churchill and Changed World History The story of the ‘broomhandle’ Mauser gun begins between 1890 and 1895, when Feederle brothers (Fidel, Friedrich and Joseph), employees of Paul Mauser, owner of the Mauser company, designed and developed a new pistol on their own accord. It was a recoil operated, locking breech, semi-automatic gun. Serial production began in 1896,... »

German Accuracy – Haenel RS 8

German Accuracy – Haenel RS 8

Henel is a German company that specializes in making hunting and sports rifles. Their Haenel RS 8 model rifle is numbered among top five sniper rifles made in Europe. Available since 2008, at has guaranteed accuracy of less than ½ MoA when using Match grade ammunition and excellent adaptability to match requirements of any marksman. Well Rounded Weapon The RS 8 model has gone through some minor ch... »

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