I have an interest in history. Not so much HISTORY!, the really huge trends and events that change the human conditions on a global scale. Instead I like the small stuff, the nitty gritty, individuals down in the dirt getting their hands dirty to make things happen.
Considering the nature of this blog, I would like to bring your attention to a video blog called C@Rsenal (pronounced “See-Arsenal”). It is exhaustively researched, not only tracing the evolution of gun design but also presenting the human side of things. As there is money to be made in firearms, like there is in any other mechanical tool that may see widespread use, the people involved in designing and marketing the devices tend to have some rather dramatic personality clashes.
Case in point is the episode where the Lewis gun is discussed.
For those of you who are not familiar with the design, the Lewis gun is considered by many to be the very best British light machine gun that was used in the first World War. In fact, it is probably the very best light machine gun used in that war, British or otherwise. So why did a gun that was developed by extremely patriotic Americans used extensively by the British, and almost completely ignored by the American government? For that you will have to watch the video.
The first thing you will note is the length of the video. Close to an hour and a half! There are movies that aren’t as long!
Well, like I said, it is chock full of detail. If you find the subject to be interesting, then you are someone who will appreciate the effort made to ferret out all of the details, and bring them to us. If this just seems boring to you, and I don’t blame anyone who might have that opinion, then please skip the videos for fare that you will find more rewarding.
The episode on the Lewis gun is particularly lengthy, and most of the videos at C@Rsenal are about half the running time. The authors of the channel are concentrating on arms used during WWI, and it is great resource if you are interested in building a collection of historical arms from that period.
James says check it out!