• After waiting 54 years, Mr. Wolverine has his Vickers K! ... Part 2

    Jul 18, 2016
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  • After waiting 54 years, Mr. Wolverine has his Vickers K! ... Part 1

    Jul 15, 2016
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  • New Home for the Lancasters!

    Apr 14, 2014
    Still waiting for my Father’s oak roll top desk to arrive and the I can finish furnishing my Den. In the mean time I have moved my collection of Lancaster pistols into their new home along with a few old Webley’s etc. The Lancaster’s are a passion of mine, the collection is up to 22 now, less than a thousand were built but even so there must be a few more I haven’t found yet, still have plenty of space...
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  • Where the Bear Hides

    Mar 28, 2014
    My blog has been changed to “Inside John’s Den” so I guess I need to have a “Den”. This has been a bit of a family joke as I had decided to claim the smallest room in the house as my “Den” or as others put it “Some where the grouchy old bear could go and hide”. Well they were not far from the truth. “My Den” is my space, a quiet corner where I can escape with a glass of scotch, a favorite book, my dog at my feet, stare at some of my trophies, lean back and dream of past hunts, Safaris, Zulu weapons and my ever growing collection of Lancaster pistols.
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  • Zulu Warrior Spears, Shields and Knobkerries

    Mar 21, 2014
    As well as collecting antique Lancaster multi barreled pistols I also have an extensive collection of Zulu warrior’s spears, shields and knobkerries. Here is a quick shot of the last treasures I lucked onto, they came from an auction in the UK. Now I have to catalogue then and mount them for display.
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  • The Webley Fosberry Revolver

    Feb 24, 2014
    In the early 1900’s this interesting revolver was introduced. The idea was to combine the best features of both the semi automatic handgun and revolver. The Fosberry is loaded the same as the standard Webley break action hinge frame revolver but to be ready for instant action the hammer has to be cocked and the safety applied as there is no double action.
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  • The "Tommy Gun"

    Jan 20, 2014
    The original "Tommy Gun" would have been the Thompson Sub Machine Gun, model 1928A1. The majority of these were supplied to the UK from the US during WW II under the US Lend Lease agreement. This would have taken place before the US had officially entered the war. It is impossible for me to tell the whole tale of the Tommy Gun in a short blog but several good books have been written on the subject.
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  • Vickers-Berthier LMG

    Dec 16, 2013
    Vickers-Berthier LMG. Developed from the French Berthier design, which was purchased by Vickers in 1925. Vickers expected the UK WD to adopt her as the new LMG but they were beaten by the Czechoslovak ZB design that was adopted instead in 1933. The Vickers Berthier was adopted by the Indian army and eventually manufactory at their Ishapore factory.
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  • Deutsche Werke .22 Rifle

    Sep 02, 2013
    This Deutsche Werke .22 Lift Top/Tip Up Rifle might quite possibly be the German equivalent of the Cooey. Inexpensively built, it was available in different grades and barrel lengths.
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  • Lancaster Handguns

    Jun 24, 2013
    I have a passion for these unique pieces. They only served a useful purpose for a very short period of history, the exact quantity manufactured is unknown, the best estimate is less than one thousand and their period of production was only approximately 20 years during the late 1800’s.
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  • Anti-Poacher Blunderbuss

    May 20, 2013
    You don’t come across these every day! Here we have a 12-bore, flintlock, Blunderbuss, circa 1830.
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  • Solothurn S18-1000 20mm

    Apr 15, 2013
    The Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI severely limited Germanys ability to conduct research and development of military hardware. In order to circumvent this the German firm of Rheinmetall acquired a controlling interest in the Swiss firm of Solothurn. Solothurn developed some interesting small arms in the 1920’s and 30’s. The S18-1000 was their premium Anti-Tank rifle, semi automatic firing the 20 x 138B round.
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  • Mauser 1896 Carbine

    Mar 11, 2013
    The purchase order for this Mauser 1896 carbine, caliber 7 x 57 mm serial 3965 manufactured by Ludwig Loewe & Co. Berlin was placed on 2nd June 1896 by the Transvaal, later to become the “Zuid-Afrikaanshe Republiek” or South African Republic (Z.A.R.) The serial number identifies her as one of the first batch which was made up of 20,000 rifles and 5,000 carbines, price was 3 GBP (Great Britain Pound) this price included a sling and delivery to Pretoria station.
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  • The Classic Webley "WG" Revolver

    Feb 01, 2013
    Here we have an excellent example of a British .455 Webley “WG” (Webley Government) revolver, she has a 6 inch barrel and the square “Target” grips rather than the more normal “Birds head” type.
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