Italian Partisan Air Rifle,
Apparently this strange air rifle was a weapon concocted by an Italian bicycle maker during World War II. In WWII Italy there were many paramilitary groups disgruntled with the German occupation of Italy and the Italian Fascist Party. The rifle was filled with air from a bicylce pump and several 11mm round bullets were inserted into a spring fed tube magazine on the left hand side. To load the user worked a bolt which fed a bullet from the magazine into the chamber. Pulling the trigger forced a strong gust of air into the chamber propelling the bullet.
While primitive compared to modern firearm technology, this unique air rifle would certainly have been deadly. It had a range of up to 100 yards and actually packed enough force to kill a person. It would have been especially useful because it was silent and lacked muzzle flash or smoke when discharged. Currently this odd air rifle is in the possession of the Beeman Precision Air Rifle Company.
10:59 pm • 22 January 2013 • 91 notes
Dead mans guns; the cemetery gun, grave torpedo, and grave mine.
During the 1800’s there was a big problem with grave robbery and body snatching. Grave robbers would dig up a corpse and rob it of any jewelry, valuables, or gold dentalwork. Body snatchers would steal the whole corpse, selling it for scientific study at medical institutes and hospitals.
However, bereaved family members were not going to stand for such ghoulish behavior and began to arm their departed loved ones. One interesting method was the cemetery gun. A flintlock or percussionlock black powder weapon, the gun was set up hidden near a grave stone. A tripwire was set across the grave, and if a grave robber, or passerby tripped the wire he would be shot. Usually the gun was setup and armed at dusk and disarmed and removed at dawn by the cemetery keeper.
The next invention was the coffin torpedo. Patented in 1878 by Phil Clover of Columbus, Ohio it was not so much a torpedo but more like a shotgun. The gun was buried with the diseased with a tripwire set on the lid. When graverobbers opened the lid the gun would fire a load of buckshot into the faces of the thieves.
The final invention was the grave mine. Also invented in 1878 by Thomas N Howell, the grave mine was literally a landmine, technology developed during the American Civil War. The mine was buried on top of the coffin lid, and if triggered would blast the would be graverobbers straight to the afterlife.
But the turn of the century graveyard protection devices lost popularity, mostly due to new laws allowing for the legal procurement cadavers for scientific institutions, laws requiring the burying of corpses within vaults, and laws limiting the amount of valuables that can be buried with a corpse.
11:22 pm • 18 January 2013 • 637 notes
Experimental Triplex .45 cartridge created in Czechoslovakia during the 1960’s/70’s.
That is fucking beautiful. I don’t even want to know how bad it worked. That is just fantastic to think about.
3:03 pm • 4 November 2012 • 144 notes
One Fine Day, in the Middle of the Night.
One fine day in the middle of the night, Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back-to-back they faced one another, Drew their swords and shot each other.
One was blind and the other couldn’t see, So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play, A dumb man went to shout “hooray!”
A deaf policeman heard the noise, And came and killed those two dead boys.
A paralyzed donkey walking by, Kicked the copper in the eye,
Sent him through a nine inch wall, Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
If you don’t believe this lie is true, Ask the blind man — he saw it too!
—-An old British folk poem
12:50 am • 3 November 2012 • 26 notes
how is it that these guys have more trigger discipline than 99% of tumblr?
10:11 pm • 16 October 2012 • 32 notes
Tippmann Arms Co. 1919A4 .22 LR
A miniature of the Browning 1919A4, this little thing is chambered in .22 LR. Note the 1911 for size comparison. There are 500 round belts for these if you ever felt like shooting a whole box. Normally semi-auto, there are full-auto version but not many. Expect to pay around $15,000+ for a full-auto mini-1919A4. Saw one dealer selling a full-auto for $23,000+.
so Tippmann made guns before paintball guns? I knew there was a reason I used tippmanns when I played paintball as a teen.
11:46 pm • 25 September 2012 • 43 notes
Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern takes aim with an M240D; the designation code for a mounted M240, either air or land. The M240 more or less replaced the problematic M60 though some agencies still use the M60D for security purposes. I think NASA’s Emergency Response Team still uses the M60D for their helicopters.
am I the only one that misread Zimmern as Zimmerman? lol
1:04 am • 20 July 2012 • 23 notes
A custom AK pistol built for fun by a rather eccentric AK owner/gunsmith. It is a mix of Romanian and Yugoslavian parts but with the added touch of a Mosin Nagant M44 side folding bayonet. Considering it was built using spare parts and scraps, it’s an interesting if not impractical little handgun but probably loud as Hell.
I feel bad, but I actually kinda want this fugly Frankenstein of a gun.
2:08 pm • 8 July 2012 • 379 notes