Author: Will Dabbs

The RPK Squad Automatic Weapon: Simply Superb

On a certain level the Ruchnoi Pulemet Kalashnikova or RPK seems uninspired. The action is standard Kalashnikov, the barrel is fixed, and the magazine feed limits its capacity to 75 rounds. However, it is in its very simplicity and utilitarian execution that the RPK demonstrates its excellence. Share List

Hard-C.O.R.E.: Smith and Wesson’s Convertible 9mm Handgun

Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson joined forces in 1852 to produce the lever action Volcanic rifle, itself designed around Walter Hunt’s Rocket Ball cartridge. In 1856 Smith and Wesson allied themselves with Rollin White, the father of the bored-through cylinder, and started churning out handguns. Now 150 years later Smith and Wesson is still producing […]

The Thermonuclear Pocket Pistol: The MAC-11 .380 ACP

The Military Armament Corporation MAC-11 .380 ACP Submachinegun Gordon Ingram served in the Infantry in World War II. The M6 submachinegun he subsequently designed never made much of a splash, though it was a remarkably prescient design. Bearing an esoteric similarity to the Thompson, the M6 incorporated such novel stuff as a two-stage trigger/fire selector. […]