Nazis left behind so many of their Karabiner 98k rifles at the end of WW2 that they ended up being used for the rest of the 20th century all over the world, and some were even used in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Somewhere out there, an 80-year-old Nazi rifle is still used in warfare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
In 1937, a Michigan dentist stopped two fleeing bank robbers by shooting them with his deer rifle, wounding one in the arm and killing the other with a head shot at a range of almost 150 yards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Seal clubbing is a real thing To ensure that seals die quickly, it mandates that sealers target a seal's head using high-powered rifles, clubs, or a hakapikβ€”a wooden staff with a hook at the end nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a civil war General who shortly prior to being killed by a rifle shot was heard reprimanding his soldiers for flinching when the enemy fired by saying: "They couldn't hit an elephant from there" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The origin of the phrase "Heavens to Betsy" is completely unknown. Efforts have been made to trace it back to the maker of the first US flag, Betsy Ross, or to an old rifle that was known as Old Betsy but no evidence has been found. A 1955 book said that its origins were "completely unsolvable". worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-…
WWI Metal of Honor; Jake Allex, alone and exposed, ran directly towards machine gun fire, neutralizing the turret. Out of bullets, he used his bayonet to kill five soldiers before it snapped. He then used his rifle butt to subdue the rest of the nest, capturing 15 prisoners, all by himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
Today I learned about the City Hall War. In 1894, the governor of Colorado sent a militia to Denver to remove corrupt officials who refused to leave the city hall. A local gangster, Soapy Smith, who had funded the officials, took his men and fought against the militia using rifles and dynamite. arapahoegov.com/DocumentC…
Today I learned about the Winchester Mystery House, a maze-like mansion supposedly built to house the ghosts of those killed by Winchester rifles. The widow of the Winchester company heir built the house after her husband's spirit contacted her. The house was built to confuse the ghosts so she could hide. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
During the Battle of SarhΕ« in 1619, the later Jin using mounted archers defeated the Ming equipped with rifles and cannons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Pelorus Jack was a dolphin that used to guide ships through a notoriously dangerous channel in New Zealand. In 1904 someone aboard the SS Penguin tried to shoot Jack with a rifle, he survived and continued to guide all ships except the SS Penguin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel…
In the original StarWars movie, the prop for Luke's Lightsaber was made from a Graflex Flashgun, sliding glass cabinet grips and calculator parts. Kenobi's Lightsaber was put together with a sink knob, a browning machine gun booster, a WWI rifle grenade and a part from a Rolls-Royce jet engine. nofilmschool.com/Original…
West Virginia University's Mountaineer mascot carries a rifle during games and other events and was once reprimanded for using it to kill a black bear. cbsnews.com/news/west-vir…
Archduke Franz Ferdinand killed over 300,000 animals while hunting during his life. He’d ride on a train with servants loading rifles on either side of him and he’d shoot any animal he saw. Trailing train would pick up the carcasses. pbs.org/newshour/world/8-…
Today I learned of William Scurry developed the self-firing rifle which worked simply by having water from one bully beef tin drip into a lower tin. This ruse led to the Turkish defenders believing that there were still troops opposing them, even after the soldiers had been evacuated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Lincoln was almost assassinated 9 months before he was assassinated. While riding back to the Soliders' Home, a rifle fired hitting his hat. His horse was startled and ran "break-neck speed" as the President described it. Lincoln dismissed it as a hunting accident. travelthruhistory.tv/fail…
Rifles like the AK-47 have curved magazines because their bullet cases are conical (a.k.a "tapered") rather than cylindrical. Thus, they stack in a curve. Tapered cases have less friction with the chamber when they feed or extract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7.6…
The U.S military has been developing a sniper rifle that can be controlled with an Xbox 360 controller while being flown around by an autonomous drone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
The Australian serial killer, Eric Cooke, was captured by police after he hid a murder weapon in a nearby bush. Police found the weapon and returned it to the same bush tied to fishing line. Police then constructed a hide and waited 17 days until Cooke retrieved the rifle. murderpedia.org/male.C/c/…
Today I learned about the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, 13 April 1919, Acting Brigadier-General Dyer ordered troops of the British Indian Army to fire their rifles into a crowd of unarmed Indian civilians. Killing at least 379 people. It was a decisive step towards the end of British rule in India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jal…
Russian cosmonauts were provided with a multi-barrel gun to be taken with them on missions. Featuring two shotgun barrels, a lower rifle barrel and a built in machete, the TP-82 was intended to be used as a survival tool if the cosmonauts landed back on earth in the wilderness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TP-…
Ronnie Barrett, the designer of the first .50 caliber rifle Barrett M82 for civilian use, was a photographer by trade. His idea came from an award-winning photo he took of a river patrol gunboat with Browning machine guns mounted prominently on that boat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
In 1941 people in Northern California and Southwestern Oregon started a push to form a new US State called Jefferson. The counties for a couple weeks would "secede every Thursday," using rifles to interdict drivers on Route 99 and hand them copies of their proclamation of independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
There is a radioactive mass created by the Chernobyl disaster that is so dense it could only be pierced by an AKM rifle, destroyed any camera that tried to take a picture of it (photographs had to be made with a mirror), and ate through 2m of materials to arrive at its current location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In the movie 'Lord of War' starring Nicolas Cage, the production team bought 3,000 real SA Vz. 58 rifles to stand in for AK-47s because they were cheaper than prop movie guns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a "pirate certificate" to students who complete the archery, sailing, fencing, and pistol or rifle shooting courses. The department frequently holds "pirate induction" days and has had a steady stream of students awarded the achievement. snopes.com/fact-check/mit…
Only half of the 100 million AK -47 rifles used worldwide are genuine. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Students from UNIS University spend their first days learning how to use a rifle to defend themselves against bears en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
A Marine called customer service when his M107 .50 caliber sniper rifle failed during a gunfight with the Taliban. After several minutes the weapon was back in service. range365.com/marines-in-f…
France in the 1950's invented a very French weapon system: A bazooka Vespa. The Vespa 150 TAP scooter was intended for use by French paratroops and armed with a 75 mm recoilless rifle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
Today I learned of Carl Unthan (1848-1929), a Prussian violinist who was born without arms. At the age of 10, he taught himself to play the violin by strapping it to a stool. If he broke a string- he replaced it and tuned it using only his toes. He was also a skilled marksman, operating a rifle with his feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Andorra has no army. Instead, all Andorrans should, by law, keep a rifle. The law also states that the police will offer a firearm in case of need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Marines called live customer support for their Barrett M-107 rifle while engaged in a firefight. range365.com/marines-in-f…
In the civil war, the commander of the Union "lightning brigade" personally took out a loan to buy his soldiers advanced new repeating rifles because the government would not supply them. Using the firepower advantage afforded by the new rifles, his brigade proved extremely effective in combat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The flag of West Virginia is the only US State flag with crossed rifles, meant to illustrate the importance of the state's fight for liberty during the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
A U.S. Army veteran used his military sharp-shooting skills to rescue a bald eagle which had been hanging upside down in a tree for days with its leg tangled in a rope, 70 ft from the ground; Jason Galvin fired 150 shots from a .22 rifle with scope at the rope until it released the eagle. abcnews.go.com/US/sharp-s…
Early in his naval career, Horatio Nelson nearly died while fighting a polar bear. Wanting the bear’s pelt as a gift for his father, Nelson’s gun misfired and he attacked the bear with the butt of his rifle. He was only saved when his ship fired a cannon that scared the bear and it ran off. youtube.com/watch?v=utQjI…
IBM made bombsights, rifles and engine parts during WWII ibm.com/ibm/history/histo…
The Huanghuagang Martyr Memorial in China has a replica of the US Statute of Liberty on top. It replaced a previous Statue of Liberty that held a rifle, symbolizing Mao's quote that β€œpolitical power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” chinasmack.com/the-story-…
Lewis and Clark’s first journal entry is about accidentally shooting a woman in the head with an air rifle. lewisandclarkjournals.unl…
An army veteran rescued a bald eagle dangling upside down from a rope in 75-foot tree by mowing down the branches with his rifle al.com/news/2016/07/minne…
Double-barreled bolt action rifles exist. They have two triggers, one for each barrel. With just one movement of the bolt, both spent cartridges come out and fresh ones are loaded in. revivaler.com/szecsei-fuc…
Today I learned of John Burns, a resident of Gettysburg PA who at 70 years old in 1863 insisted on joining the Union line with his outdated flintlock rifle, shot a Confederate officer from his horse, fought w the Iron Brigade, was wounded several times, duped Confederate doctors into mending him, and snuck home en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
During WW1, 'fucking’ and β€˜bloody’ were used as palliatives, so that the order to β€˜get your fucking rifles’ was recognised as considerably less urgent than the order to β€˜get your rifles’. bl.uk/world-war-one/artic…
In 2017 a Canadian Joint Task Force 2 sniper breaks longest confirmed kill record with 3450 metre shot. The bullet was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle set on a high-rise tower and took 10 seconds to travel towards the fighter. kurdistan24.net/en/news/a…
Today I learned about Ed Reeves, a US marine who survived the Korean War despite having shrapnel in his legs, being shot in the head, and getting beaten with rifle butts by the enemy soldiers. Despite all of this, he was able to crawl out onto the frozen Chosin Reservoir, where he was rescued. youtube.com/watch?v=EdtSD…
Today I learned about Francis Pegahmagabow, a canadian indigenous man who fought in WWI. He killed 378 enemies with his Ross rifle and captured another 300, which makes him one of the most successful marksmen in the conflict. cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/le…
Hitler claimed to have been spared by British soldier Henry Tandey. Tandey recalled that a weary German soldier wandered into his line of fire. He was wounded and did not even attempt to raise his own rifle. Tandey chose not to shoot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned about the Winchester Mansion, a 161-room California monstrosity built by widower Sarah Winchester, who's husband had invented the Winchester rifle. She believed that spirits of those killed by his rifles were haunting her; so she added rooms, hallways, and passages to nowhere to appease them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
During the Winter War, Finns used mannequins posing as officers to draw fire from Soviet snipers. The Finns would then return fire with the Lahti L-39, a 20 mm anti-tank rifle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lah…
Today I learned about Chris Lee Burden, an American performance artist most well known for his work *Shoot* (1971), in which he had a friend shoot him in the arm using a small-caliber rifle. gagosian.com/artists/chri…

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