Weapons | War History

The Bofors 40MM Revolutionized Anti-Aircraft Combat

Boros 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun

The job of an anti-aircraft gun is surprisingly demanding. It must be able to destroy or deter a fast-moving target by aiming not where it…

The Japanese Knee Mortar That Terrified Enemies

Japanese Knee Mortar

During the United States’ war against the Japanese, they often enjoyed a technical advantage in terms of equipment and weapons. US flamethrowers, semi-automatic rifles, shotguns,…

This Marine General’s Sword Somehow Wound Up In A Pawnshop

Military portrait of Homer Litzenberg

Various types of items can be purchased on eBay, with some auctions bringing in thousands of dollars. When Marine veteran Chris Anderson logged onto the…

The Colt Walker 1847: The Most Powerful Sidearm Ever Issued By the US Military

Colt Walker 1847

In 1846 the United States Army brought the Colt Walker 1847 into service – a revolver that is the most powerful sidearm ever issued by…

Why WWII’s M1 Carbine was Ahead of Its Time

M1 Carbine Worn By Soldier

The M1 Carbine was a small, lightweight weapon that found itself in the hands of many Allied soldiers during WWII. Its relatively small cartridge led…

These 4 Weapons Created For Combat Were Cheap But Ingenious Game Changers

Sometimes, no matter how tactically adept a military force may be, if an opponent suddenly shows up with a particularly advanced or capable weapon, it…

Only the Best of the Best Graduate from the US Army Sniper School

Clare Fitzgerald
US Army Sniper School trainee in the ghillie wash

There are few soldiers who can say they’ve graduated from the US Army’s prestigious Sniper School. The seven-week course is one of the most grueling…

Iron Dome: Israel’s Defense System That’s Up to 90 Percent Effective at Destroying Incoming Targets

Tamir interceptor missile being fired from a mobile launcher

Since 2011, Israel has operated one of the world’s most powerful and effective air defense systems. Designed to protect against rocket and artillery attacks, it’s…

Canadian Rangers Were the Last Western Military Unit to Equip the Lee-Enfield

The Canadian Armed Forces has a branch dedicated to the surveillance and protection of isolated areas of the north and along the coast. These specialized…

The Lewis And Clark Air Rifle: A Blast From The Past

Sacajawea guiding Lewis and Clark

When one thinks of guns and colonizing the West, violence is often the notion that comes to mind. However, the secret weapon (no pun intended)…

The Future, Today – Why Lasers Are the Next Big Thing for the US Army

US Army soldier manning an M-SHORAD Stryker light armored vehicle

Lasers, a technology that’s been the focus of sci-fi gadgetry for years, should soon be making their way into the hands of US Army troops…

US Army to Replace the M4 & SAW With NGSW System Within 2 Years

Ian Harvey

The US Army is looking at the NGSW system to replace both the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) and the M16/M4/carbine used by close combat…