Cold War

Firearms Designer Spotlight: Fedor Tokarev

By James Martineau,

The interwar period in the Soviet Union saw the rapid modernization of the Soviet military’s small arms. The Nagant 1895 and the Mosin-Nagant M91/30 were quickly becoming obsolete as military firearms. A new rifle and sidearm were necessary to bring the Red Army in line with its European ... Read more

Is that an M14? A Historical Overview of the BM59

By James Martineau,

In the 1950s the debate over the caliber that should be used in NATO was settled with the selection of the 7.62x51mm round. Italy, eager to catch up with other NATO nations, developed the BM59, a worthy battle rifle of the Cold War era. This rifle began production ... Read more

A Historical Overview of CZ Handguns During the Cold War Era

By James Martineau,

With the fall of the Third Reich in 1945, Czechoslovakia found itself under the influence of the Soviet Union. The Czech state firearms manufacture, Česká Zbrojovka (CZ) found itself being regulated by the Soviet Union. Much like the standardization of rounds in NATO, the Soviet Union standardized its ... Read more