HBSA Journal Volume 4 (2009 – 2018)

HBSA Journal
Vol 4 No 1

A Treatise on the Albini–Braendlin Fusil Modèle 1853-1867. M/80 by Guy and Leonard A-R-West
Belgium breechloading test, Bavaria, Britain-Australia, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal, mechanism, markings, Yataghan sabre, Belgian 11mmx50R cartridge, handling & shooting

Collecting Rifle Clips and Chargers by Bill Harriman
definition of clips & chargers, development, patents

From Abel to Whitworth, Ian Fleming and the Incunabula of Modern Progress by Clifford Bryant
Ian Fleming’s library, The Book Collector, Percival Muir

The Vickers Luger Pistol: Incontrovertibly Made in England; A case of Co-operation or Collusion in the Post-1918 British and German Smallarms Industries? by Dr Stephen C. Sambrook
Vickers Parabellum, new evidence, post-contract efforts to sell pistols

Book Reviews: The All New Collector’s Guide to Remington Rolling Block Military Rifles of the World by Layman, The Luger Snail Drum and Other Accessories for the Artillery Model Luger by Sayre


ISBN 978-1-326-42992-8

HBSA Journal
Vol 4 No 2

A Treatise on the Italian Fucile Vetterli–Vitali Repeating Rifle Modello 1870/87(90) by Guy and Leonard A-R-West
ameliorationof M.1870, M.1870 to M.1870/87, mechanism & features, markings, manufacture, accessories, bayonet, cartridges M.1870 & M.1890, M.70/87/15, Ulster Volunteers, handling & shooting

A St Moritz Gunsmith – The Vetterli cartridge & Hunting in Graubünden by Derek Stimpson, Michael Koller, 10.3×60, .413 Raptor

Henry Herbert Harrod 1870–1945: A Communication from Dr Robin Harrod
family history, Times article 1914

How Explosives are Made by William G. FitzGerald
Strand Magazine 1895 visit to Royal Gunpowder Factory at Waltham Abbey, manufacturing details of cordite and blackpowder

Death by Fosbery by Frederick Wilkinson
Old Bailey report of 1908 murder with a Webley Fosbery

Some Concluding Comments by Clifford Bryant
valedictory report by departing Editor

ISBN 978-1-326-43031-3

HBSA Journal
Vol 4 No 3

Jägerbüchse M/65 – The Prussian model 1865 needle-fire rifle by Guy and Leonard A-R-West
Prussian light infantry Jager troops, M.1849 M.54 M.65, mechanism features accessories bayonet ammunition, handling and firing

Making Cartridges for the Dreyse by David W Chappell
Leichte Perscussions Gewehr M.1841, Dreyse breech loading bolt action needle rifle, paper cartridge tubes, sabot bullet primer blackpowder

The Development of British Signal Pistols from 1882 to 1919 by Molly Milner
naval trials, flare colours, colour codes, visibility, Webley signal pistols No.1 Mk 1 & No.2 Mk 1, factory production

Match Rifle Experimental Committee 1919-1933 by Mr Cecil Mack Mick Kelly and Ian Patrick
.303″ Magnum, streamline and Bisley bullets, Bisley trials

Turbiaux’s Protector Pistol by Jean-Pierre Bastié
6mm & 8mm CF palm pistol, patent 1883, self-protection

Winchester Firearms Exports to France in World War I by Michael F. Carrick
M.1894 30-30 carbines, M.1907 & M.1910

Active Service Revolver Training by Captain Percy Vollmer (1918) by David Penn
charging man targets

ISBN 978-1-326-43072-6

HBSA Journal
Vol 4 No 4

Gunmaking by Machinery : Birth of the consumer society by Peter Smithurst
interchangeability, American System of Manufacture, Eli Whitney, Colt, Robbins & Lawrence, Henry, Greenwood & Batley

Skin Deep: An investigation into protective surface coatings on firearms by Suzanne J. Dalewicz-Kitto
museum conservation, historic coatings v waxes v oils, corrosion tests

The internet and firearms research with reference to the .43 Spanish Remington Rolling-Block and its ammunition by David A. Thombs & Stephen P. Barrett
research results digest, observations on internet research, In Memoriam for Dr.Miller

A “Poli-Chambered Gun” and James Thomson’s Patent of 1814
by Graeme J. Rimer by Derek Stimpson
Gunmakers Company collection, patent 1814, 9 chambered flintlock rifle, unusual vertical pivoting chamber block

ISBN 978-1-326-43074-0

HBSA Journal
Vol 4 No 5

Repetiergewehr Schmidt-Rubin System Modell 1889 by Guy and Leonard A-R-West
Schmidt 1832-1898, Rubin 1846-1920, smokeless powder, M.1889 M.1889/96, manufacture mechanism markings accessories bayonet, handling and firing, 7.5mm ammunition

The Schönberger Pistol. The Delayed Blowback of Josef Laumann – Revisited by Clifford Bryant
Laumann’s self-loading pistol patents, specifications functioning & nature of mechanism

Machine Guns before Maxim by Peter Smithurst
volley gun, mitrailleuse, mechanical repeater, Gatling, Hotchkiss, Gardner

Forward to The von Oppen Letters by Richard Milner, Tony Taylerson archives, Colt’s Pall Mall London Agency letters 1859

The von Oppen Letters, Baron F von Oppen, Frederick Von Oppen, 1854-59 to Col.Sam.Colt Hartford Connecticut USA

ISBN 978-1-326-43076-4

HBSA Journal
Vol 4 No 6

The Reffye Mitrailleuse 1867 by Rob Brassington & Patrick Marder
‘canon a balles’, Napoleon III, drawings mechanism operation, rest plate, loading firing & unloading cycle, ammunition, effect in action

Mauser Pistolen: Vorsprung Durch Technik – Mauser Pistols – Progress through Technology 1896 to 1945 by Graham Norgett
Mauser Werke, C96 Broomhandle, Flap Lock Rocker Lock, Blowback, Side Flap Retarded Blowback, Dropping Block, Rotating Barrel, Wedge Lock, Mass/Gas Retarded Blowback, Roller Lock

British Army Rifle Trials: Sergeant-Major Wallingford and the London Olympics of 1908 by Nicholas A Harlow
career, Fourth Olympiad, Wallingford’s rifle, Long Lee-Enfield, rifling trials, SMLE

The Von Oppen Letters December 1868 – March 1869, Foreword by Richard Milner
Colt’s Patent FireArms Manufacturing Co. London Office Pall Mall, Frederick Von Oppen (Agent), Colt’s Hartford Connecticut, conversion of revolvers

Erratum to Vol 4 No 5 2013: The Schonberger Pistol

ISBN 978-1-326-43077-1

HBSA Journal
Vol 4 No 7

The Mosin Nagant – Russian simplicity is born? by Leigh Brown
Lessons of Russo-Ottoman 1877 War, trials of repeating rifles by Sergei Ivanovich Mosin & Léon Nagant, Mosin rifle with Nagant features selected as Three Line Rifle Model of 1891 (M91) 7.62×54R, manufactured at Tula, Izhevsk, Sestroryetsk, Châtellerault, Westinghouse, Remington. Models, variants & features.

Winchester Model 1895: The WWI Russian Contract by Michael Carrick
Russian rifle shortages, modified Winchester M1895 rechambered for 7.62x54R, two contracts 293,818 rifles supplied, modifications specs accessories markings usage, Spanish Civil War.

The First Italian self-loading pistols – the Glisenti and the Brixia by Luc Guillou
Replacement for Italian Army, Abiel Bethel Revelli di Beaumont designed short recoil self loading pistol, low powered 9mm M910 Glisenti cartridge, design features usage, modified as 1913 Brixia for Italian Navy.

First Scientific Testing of Small Arms Barrel Materials by British Proof Houses by Charles Harding
Samuel B. Allport – Proof Master at Birmingham Proof House from 1882, tested 39 varied barrels with proof loads, inspection, bulging, bursts, published test tables.

Great War British & Empire Sniping Equipment (part 1) by Roger Payne
SMLE, CLLE and Pattern 1914 rifles, target aperture sights by Lattey Neill Barnet Martin Gibbs BSA Alex Martin, telescopic sights by Periscopic Prism Company (ex-Fuess Helios 3),

Aldis, and Winchester A5, mounts cases.
The Von Oppen Letters, March 1869 – April 1869
Colt’s Patent FireArms Manufacturing Co. London Office, convert percussion revolvers to cartridge, nickel plating, …

ISBN: 978-0-244-21270-4

HBSA Journal
Vol 4 No 8

The Martini Henry by editor
Overview, history, Friedrich von Martini dropping block action, 7-grooved rifling of Alexander Henry

Early military breechloading rifle precision by David Thombs
Four sets of national military trials (British, Spanish, United States) 1860s & 70s analysed from contemporary records, trials methodology, range, accuracy, reliability, criteria, statistics, conclusions. Albini & Braendlin, Enfield, Martini-Henry, Remington M1871, Beaumont (Dutch) ,Burton, Henry, Nunez de Castro, Berdan (Russian), Lancaster,Fosbery, Rigby, Wilson, Vetterli (Swiss), Werndl (Austrian), Joslyn, Westley Richards, Whitworth, Peabody, Snider naval

Nepalese arms manufacture and General Gehendra by Marcus Ray
Palace Lagan Silekhana armoury in Kathmandu, Nepal; late 19th century Gehendra rifle – a single shot tilting block rifle; General Gehendra Shumsher Junga Rana Bahadur (1871-1905), design, components, mechanism, firearms manufacturing machines from Sundarijal Arsenal salvaged by Dr. Prem Basnyat, Military Museum, Kathmandu,Nepal, pictures.

William Tranter’s “Double Patent” Rifle Action by T. E. Bradstreet
“improved Martini” rifle actions, two patents, British “tiltingblock” sporting rifles, Tranter history, action designs, specification, operation, patents facsimile, Braendlin connection,

Great War British & Empire Sniping Equipment (part 2) by Roger Payne
SMLE, Lee Enfield, Watts Telescope, Evans Telescope, Fidjland Telescope, Jeffery Telescope, Pattern 1914 Sniper’s Rifle, Ross Rifle in a Sniping Role,

Beyond the Machine Gun / Re-interpreting McMahon’s ‘Fire Fighting’ lecture of 1907 by Nicholas A. Harlow
1907 School of Musketry analysis – Russo-Japanese War, lectures, fire tactics, Chief Instructor Lieutenant-Colonel Norman McMahon, Aldershot Military Society title ‘Fire Fighting’. analysis by Charles Pridham and Longstaff & Atteridge “The Book of the Machine Gun”

Reproduction of McMahon’s lecture to Aldershot Military Society, “Fire Fighting” by Lieutenant-Colonel N.R. McMahon, D.S.O., Chief Instructor School of Musketry, 18th December 1907

The Von Oppen Letters, May 1869 – September 1870
Colt’s Patent FireArms Manufacturing Co. Office & Depot, 14 Pall Mall, S.W.London; Colt v Adams revolver, conversion of breechloaders, marketing, Chassepot Montigny mitrailleuse Gatling

ISBN: 978-0-244-51274-3

HBSA Journal
Vol 4 No 9

Mauser Pistolen: Vorsprung Durch Technik-II Mauser Automatic Pistol Development 1934 to 1945 the HSv series by Graham Norgett
Mauser designers Fidel Federle, Paul Mauser, Joseph Nickl, Alex Seidel, Karl Westinger, Von Lossnitzer, Ernst Altenburger; Heer Luger PO8 Replacement Competition, design requirements, Nickl rotating lock, wedge dropping lock, exposed barrel, mechanism, patent drawings, sheet metal prototype, conclusions

The Norwegian Kammerlader Rifle and Conversions by Øyvind Flatnes
Successful military breech loading rifle, trialed in 1842, underhammer percussion, Captain Frederik W. Scheel and gunsmith Niels Gregersen, development, models, production, accessories, ammunition development, models for army navy volunteers, conversions, loads and shooting.

Nordenfelt five-barrelled naval volley gun No. 6157 by Chris Jones
Nordenfelt multi-barrelled volley gun invented 1873 by Helge Palmcrantz of Sweden; design, production, ammunition .577/.450, .450 Gardner/Gatling/Nordenfelt; Chatham Historic Dockyard, Volley gun No. 6157 on HMS Gannet, restoration

William Montgomery Storm’s Patent by Derek Stimpson
.577 capping breech-loader sporting rifle, made by Charles Phelps, William Mont Storm Patent, history, development, design.

A Fencing Bayonet made from a model P14 Rifle by Hervé Le Goff
Bayonet training WW2, telescopic rod with protected tip, Eddystone P14 deactivated, origins of P14 fencing bayonet

The “Martini-Zeller” Garden Rifle by Theodore E. Bradstreet
Inexpensive, British-made on imported Belgian barreled actions. origins and development, hammer and hammerless models, rook & rabbit calibres, manufactured by Adams & Co.

The Von Oppen Letters, November 1870 – February 1872
Colt’s Patent FireArms Manufacturing Co. Office & Depot, 14 Pall Mall, S.W.London; competition from cheap Muzzleloading firearms from the USA, disposal of obsolescent “nipple” revolvers and muzzle-loading Enfields, efforts to sell Gatling guns produced by Colt,

Tribute to David Penn by Derek Stimpson
The Arms & Armour Society, HBSA and MLAGB presented David Penn with a watercolour of the Imperial War Museum commissioned from well known artist Paul Cox.

ISBN: 978-0-244-51275-0

HBSA Journal
Vol 4 No 10

The Origins of Brand’s Rifle Patent and the Calisher and Terry Cavalry Carbine by Tom Heptinstall
Bertram Calisher, Nathanial Calisher and William Terry, trial 1857 WD order 1858, design evolution, Richard Farmer Brand patent 1853 and Mr. Tabberner, 1855 patents facsimile, Hythe experiments.

Origins and Development of the .375 Nitro Express Lee-Speed Sporting Rifle by Jeff Edman
1899 Holland & Holland, Eley Bros., .375-2 ½-inch Nitro Express, C. W. Andrews, gun trade variants, Magazine Lee-Enfield (MLE), 1907 Lee-Speed .375 SMLE Mk1, 1911 BSA .375 Bore Sporting Rifle, specifications, action types, advertisements, listings

Feeding the Gatlings – Part 1 – The Ammunition by Peter G. Smithurst
Development of ammunition options, pre-loaded iron chamber, 0.58 rimfire cartridge, U.S. 1-inch 0.5inch 0.45-70 0.30-40Krag 0.30-03 0.30-06, British 0.65 0.45 inch 0.577/0.45 cartridges, other nations military calibres

The Saga of the Lewes Rifle Sights by Nicholas A. Harlow
British Army’s Small Arms Committee, design of sights, barleycorn foresight with v-notch, Lewes vertical cut foresight with square notch, control of elevation, troop trials

The Von Oppen Letters, February 1872 – February 1875
Colt’s Patent FireArms Manufacturing Co. Office & Depot, 14 Pall Mall, S.W.London, Eley’s cartridge manufacturing, single action revolvers old fashioned, etc.

Obituary – Commander The Lord Cottesloe KSt.J JP RN (Retd)
FREMANTLE Commander JP, RN (Retd) – 5th Lord Cottesloe, had been Patron since HBSA founding in 1973

Tom Heptinstall, Jeff Edman, Peter Smithurst, Nicholas Harlow

ISBN: 978-0-244-81275-1