A couple of years back I had to spend all the Easter holidays helping my father in law refurbishing the house up in the Alps where he grew up. Needless to say I wasn’t enthusiastic at all about it, especially because before doing any actual work we had to get rid of tons of old rotten furniture that was stored in the lower floor, uninhabited for decades. Half way through the second day I was so fed up with the stench of mildew and rotten wood and fabric that I was about to quit when, emptying yet another wardrobe, I came across something quite heavy, wrapped in oily rags. For some strange reason, the wrap caught my attention and I started undoing it. After removing the first layer the wrap started to get a familiar shape and my heart started beating faster and faster, with each rag I removed. The when I unwrapped the last one I found myself staring at leather pistol holster that,by its weight ,had to be full! I opened it and it contained one of the most odd looking side-arms I have ever seen a 7,65mm Frommer Stop Model 1912, compete with a second magazine and a bore brush. The wrap didn’t contain any ammo, but I knew I would have found some, so I went back to the wardrobe and after a few minutes I dug out a small box whose original content were businesses cards, but that was too heavy for such content, and it actually contained 25 rounds of very old looking 7,65mm ammunition. Bingo! I had the full lot: pistol, two mags, 25 original rounds, a holster and even a bore brush. I reported the finding to the “old man”, and he told me that that must have been his father’s pistol from WW1. Despite being of Italian ethnicity, he was born in an Austrian controlled area so at the outbreak of WW1 he had to serve in the Austrian Army as an officer in the 3rd Tiroler Kaiserjager Regiment. As the only one in the family with a gun permit I was allowed to keep it, but before that I needed to get the weapon cleared by the Police Authorities. I took the gun to the local Carabinieri station, (Gendarmerie), where it remained until the routine check were completed and the gun cleared.
Text: Michele Schiavo Translator: Francesco Cortellini
A bit of history
Even if with a certain delay, the Czechoslovak Army, felt the need to adopt a new ammunition of intermediate power, that could be used in a new semi automatic weapon, abandoning the obsolete Mauser VZ-24 in 7,92×57 mm. From 1952 the study on a new 7,5 x 45 mm ammunition and a weapon that could fire it, started in the early 40s, received new interest and drive, In 1947 two new prototypes were designed: a carbine, that later become the VZ-52, and the ZB-530 assault rifle. The design was finalised only in 1952 and the weapon was finally adopted. The Carbine was manufactured in two arsenals: Povaska Bystrica, factory stamp “SHE” from 1952 to 1956, and Uhersky Brod, factory stamp “AYM”, from 1952 to 1957. Continue reading “VZ-52 – 7.62mm Samonabíjecí puška vzor 52”
Among the many accessories imported by MATEBA ITALY,dedicated to the cleaning, cure, maintenance and customization of different types of weapons,there are some of their products (of their production) pretty interesting.
When it is about fitting the scope on a rifle, single rings are more and more replaced by one-piece scope mounts. Available either with quick release locking or with traditional hex screws, Torx or Allen types, they are appreciated particularly for the easy and quick installation, and furthermore they are designed with optimal sizes and heights regarding the placement of the scope on the rifle. Even though there are some mounts exactly designed to be attached on some specific type of weapon, the Picatinny rail has become the standard interface for all of them. Continue reading “Samson DMR Scope Mount”
Research : Giorgio Riboldi Translator: Francesco Cortellini
Hugo Schmeiser was Born in Jena, Germany, on September 24th 1884. Both Hugo and his brother Hans, followed their father’s footsteps, moving to Suhl at the begining of the 20th century to learn the basis of firearms design. His work for the Bergmann industries proved to be pivotal in this respect. At the time, the Company was involved in the development of new pistol ammunitions, suitable for use with automatic weapons, the only ones whose development ad production would later be authorized to Germany after the Treaty of Versailles, and the armistice of Compiègne. During WW1, in the first months of 1918, Schmeisser took part in the effort that led to the design and manufacture of the mp18-I, a weapon that would be behind the design of most of the SMGs untill the 1960s.
The Company ”Vodoo Tactical”; manufacturer of tactical accessories and outdoor, was founded in Gardena (California) in 2006.
During the Years,the company managed to carve a ”slice” of the market in the USA between the military and security,especially the ”Law Enforcement”. But the company is also famous mostly in the civil market.
Nowdays,the Catalogue includes: Rifles and pistols Bags, backpacks, pouches, shooting mats, shoes, hats, glasses,vests and so on.
Recently the company expanded the catalog by proposing some accessories for weapons, knives and Outdoor in general. Essentially a real ”Heaven ” for any kind of Shooter or Hunter!
The Vodoo Tactical devoted the entire production for Tactical and Military purposes.All the ”Weapons Cases” and ”Back Pack” had accessories such like holsters, magazines pockets and MOLLE System (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment).
These products were available only in Camo colors, OD green, Black and FDE.
Over a year ago,Vodoo Tactical has expanded its catalogue with a new line of products called ”Discreet”, which is applied perfectly for the ”Urban Tactical” use and, as always, dedicated to those who don’t want to renounce to a design ”hard” and ”aggressive” but,at the same time, prefer to keep a ”Low Profile” while using this product, especially when guns are carried in a purely “civil” background.
Personally, as owner of a ”Soft Rifle Case” for four years and a couple of ”Utility Pouch”, I am very pleased to use and carry them when i go to the shooting range! Continue reading “Voodoo Tactical”
MMText: Andrea T. Translator: Francesco Cortellini
At the beginning of WW1, the K.u.K.H. (Kaiserlich Und Koneglich Heer) was armed with a limited number of von Dormus M1893 machineguns, a few Schawrtzlose M1907 and a wide number of Schwartzlose m1907/12. In thids respect, it was far better armed than the Regio Esercito (Royal Italian Army), that could relay on very few Perino, a few Maxim and a wide number of the mediocre FIAT Model 1914 machineguns.