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A Select Committee Report of 1817 states that the New Land Pattern Musket has ‘a lock so tallying in all its parts, that any part of one lock may fit another’. This is the earliest claim of interchangeability to have been found for Board of Ordnance firearms. It has focussed the authors’...
Among the firearms in the extensive Royal Armouries collection are three unusual carbines based on the patent of William Jenks. The story of how they entered the Armouries collection highlights an important time in the development of firearms technology. The tale of these three carbines is the...
The use of special pattern swords by cavalry officers of the British and Indian Army is well documented. Whilst these swords were usually custom made to meet the requirements of individual officers, others bore regimental insignia and, more rarely, are known to have been approved as regimental...
A common feature of Turkey’s principal military-focused museums and of many local ones also, are displays of military equipment used in the First World War and in Turkey’s War of Independence (1919–1923). In many cases these are rifles and bayonets supplied by Germany to the Ottoman Empire...
This article examines the ‘Alphabet’ series of prototype rifles which were developed at Winchester between 1912 and 1934, ultimately culminating in the Models 54 and 70. Drawing upon original research conducted in the Winchester archive at the Cody Firearms Museum and through physical...
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