Celebrate Gun Pride Month




Be Proud


You need to think about that every day. Free people have the option of being armed – their own option. Slaves have no options and are not allowed arms by their overlords – their betters – the elite.

Sometimes I have to scratch my head at the Russians. The photo below is of a Nagant M1895 revolver with M1905 stock (Naval Boarding Axe)

This entry was designed by Emile and Léon Nagant in 1886, adopted by the Russian military c.1895 and produced by the Tula arsenal c.1898-onward when they bought the manufacturing rights. 7,62x38mm R seven-round cylinder, double action, side loading gate with manual ejector rod, removable stock/boarding axe. It’s a weapon of questionable usefulness, but it was issued equipment.

Most if not all navies at the turn of the century had racks upon racks of revolvers, pikes and axes on-board their ships, it makes sense someone would try and combine them in some way. In this case the Nagant revolver was combined with the Russian military hatchet that was used almost unchanged from the Napoleonic wars to the fall of the USSR.

Next in the Russian hit parade is a really cool Russian handgun. The OTs-38 Stechkin silent revolver, still issued to Russian operatives in the GRU today.

Designed by Igor Stechkin, manufactured by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau c.2002-today. 7.62×42 mm SP-4 five-round moon clips, swing-out cylinder, six o’clock barrel, integral laser sight, double action, manual safety. The OTs-38 was developed from an earlier American model designed for Vietnam tunnel rats, which fired tungsten birdshot rounds.

This revolver’s rounds are only similar in that they are completely silent, using a low amount of gunpowder located behind a piston inside the case, meaning no gas is actually released when firing the gun, producing no sound or muzzle flash. The gun itself being a revolver also means no spent cartridges can be heard dropping on the floor, and you can’t hear the action clacking as it cycles into battery.

Of course, it’s a low velocity, short range weapon, but the Russians felt a need for something that would fill this niche.



Almost all politicians are entertainers by their nature, but they’re not necessarily entertaining.



    • If it’s hungry, it’s hungry for a meat harvest and proper trigger control allows for double taps.

  1. The Stechkin does indeed look interesting and I wouldn’t mind trying one just to see how quiet they are.
    Gun pride makes more sense to me than that other type.

    • You have to have the official Russian Boarding Axe if you want to be cool. I can query my contact in Russia and see if they can lay hands on one and get it to the USA.

  2. @RHT447 –
    Did you find the brass from Bertram? I haven’t shot mine in a dog’s age, but that’s where I got the brass for my 1870ish RRB in .43 Spanish.

  3. LL – For your next Russian weapon profile, you might consider the TP-82 Cosmonaut survival pistol?

    • I think that they went with two smooth bore barrels over for flares as well as shotgun charges. The 5.45×39 barrel under is just a bad idea. The round will come out and tumble almost immediately. I’d have gone with a .460 S&W. The Ruskies could have knocked it off and claimed that they invented it (as usual), and just issue it as a Russian original. If it’s a ‘survival handgun’, and you are worried about grizzleys, a revolver with much more potent rounds makes more sense.

    • Of course, the Soviets are the only ones to acknowledge they armed a spaceship, and did so with a 23mm autocannon.


  4. That Nagant revolver setup might be the most Player Character weapon ever issued.

  5. I’ll see your axe/revolver and raise you a Manly MBX DED blade. (For those that don’t remember this was a “system” that let you attach things to the base of your pistol magazine. Including a triangular double-edged blade. This had two uses. First, it converted “tap, rack, bang” into “taaaaaaarrgh!” Second, a hilarious manufacturer-made video demonstrated that to use the basemounted blade, you’d end up muzzling yourself in the face. Repeatedly. Sadly the video is no longer available.)

    In cheerful axe-related news, a CRKT “Rune” tomahawk came in the mail almost two weeks ago. Saturday I finally got home early enough (before dark) to do some yard work. I dunno how “tactical” it is, but the little ‘hawk clears brush and small trees a treat.

    • I am a tomahawk snob… keeping that in mind, you want the beard to be RAZOR SHARP with a point, because it’s for ripping. The beard is the fighting edge of the tomahawk, not the blunter forward edge, which is as much an impact weapon as a cutting weapon. Then again, if you bought it to chop brush instead of flesh, that’s something all together different.

      • I seem to recall something about you keeping a “Jenny Wren” on your desk. Which I trust is the RMJ Tactical original and not the CRKT knockoff. Speaking of which, the “Rune” is a mass-market replica of the RMJ “Little Bird”. Unsharpened beard though. Contrary to internet reviews, mine arrived with the forward edge sharp enough to easily cut newsprint. Only potential problem is that the scales are not as wide as the shaft, creating a potential hotspot if using in saber grip for “fine” work. Hammer grip no worries. Either road, a killer deal at $40 on closeout.

        • Yes, I keep a Jenny Wren on my desk, between my chair and the computer.

          $40 is a definite deal. Good move.

  6. I got news that made a primitive soul happy. The bureacracy here are planning to allow shotgun to be used in two and three gun competitions. That makes me hopeful these days. Some sound people are still doing a good job. That will increase the fun and allow bigger magazine.

    A good shotgun enable you to have more fun at the range and combined with a pistol and a rifle even more fun almost at the same time.

    • I think that Norway is becoming more enlightened, John. Likely you have influence in that realm yourself.

  7. I too like my tomahawks, but I know they do have their limitations.
    I read of an incident, IIRC, during the French and Indian War or The Seven Years War where after the capture of a fort that had Native American allies fighting along side the soldiers in the fort, the leader or the indigenous personnel was brought out and forced to kneel in front of the fort where the leader of the militia who had helped take the fort was to execute him. The executioner struck the Indian leader in the head with his tomahawk. The Indian did not collapse.
    The still kneeling Indian reached up, pulled the embedded tomahawk from his skull and handed back to the executioner to finish the job. Probably an Iroquois.
    Humans can be incredibly tough and at the same time incredibly fragile.

    • There’s a similar story from the French Foreign Legion (a hatchet, not a tomahawk). I’ve also seen one situation where a man was shot with a crossbow bolt right down into his brain and it didn’t kill him. The head of the bolt was lower than his throat in his body.

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