The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – May 2024

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – May 2024

Gunplay and confrontations can often result in Negative Outcomes, whether well-intentioned or not. This month’s Good, Bad, and Ugly stories are all about Negative Outcomes. There’s a useful warning in each of them. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – May 2024 The Good Murder charge dismissed for Mobile man after hearing The Bad 1 dead, 3 injured in…

Madsen Gun Squads & Platoons

Madsen Gun Squads & Platoons

The five squads of a possible Musketen platoon Of the three tables of organization for Musketen companies that I have found, only one describes the structure of elements smaller than a company. (This is the establishment, dated 24 February 1917, that provides a framework for a Musketen company armed with Lewis guns.) Because of this, trying to figure out how…

The Hessian Life Guards

The Hessian Life Guards

A one-year volunteer in the peacetime uniform of the Hessian Life Guards (1914) When, on 10 August 1915, the Prussian War Ministry instructed the XVIII. Corps District to form two Musketen battalions, it specified that these units come together in the city of Mainz. This stipulation, which probably owed much to the availability of quarters in, and firing ranges near,…

Discovery Optics Lightweight Scope Mounts

Discovery Optics Lightweight Scope Mounts

Discovery recently updated their premium scope ring and scope mount offerings with their new Lightweight Scope Mounts. The “Lightwenght” typo in the first batch of boxes was not an intentional Trademark name. I pointed this out to them to their embarrassment but I won’t judge given the number of typos in my articles. The rings are made of 7075 aircraft…

The Source of German Madsen Guns

The Source of German Madsen Guns

A soldier of the 3rd Company of the 1st Musketen Battalion The text that follows is a verbatim translation of one-page memorandum that I found in the folder that held orders related to the raising of the two Musketen battalions. Dated ‘Berlin, 14 August 1915’, it bears neither a signature nor a list of addressees. Thus, I find myself thinking…

German Use of Lewis Guns (1917)

German Use of Lewis Guns (1917)

German soldiers with Lewis (left) and Madsen (right) light machine guns On 24 February 1917, Ernst von Wrisberg (1862-1927), the officer at the Prussian War Ministry in charge of forming (and reforming) units, signed a letter instructing the 2nd Musketen Battalion to exchange its Madsen light machine guns for Lewis guns. In the course of doing this, the line companies…

Machine Gun Platoons and Companies

Machine Gun Platoons and Companies

A German command post (1915) (Library of Congress) At the start of the First World War, all the machine guns assigned to a typical German infantry regiment belonged to the regimental machine gun company. Numbered as the thirteenth company of its parent organization, this unit fielded three platoons, each of which was armed with a pair of sled-mounted Maxim guns.…

How to Create a Blog for Firearms

How to Create a Killer Firearms Blog

Running a blog is among the best ways to attract the interest of users, educate them, and make them more likely to trust you, therefore encouraging them to use your products or services. But it’s not just about creating a blog, and waiting for people to come. There are some actionable steps you can take to make sure your blog…