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by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Chauchat was not the Worst Machine Gun
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Chauchat was not the Worst Machine Gun

pickelhauben wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:35 am
I read the article .
Ok what is the worst MG ?
The Japanese Type 11 comes to mind. Instead of hopper instead of a magazine or feed. The weapon was unbalanced and prone to jamming.

But I would argue the WORST machine guns were those that didn't get much past the development stage.
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: YouTube as a Research Tool
Replies: 0
Views: 354

YouTube as a Research Tool

YouTube Channels Fill Void For Military Antique Collectors When it comes to military collectibles, even if there isn't good research material available in book form or even via a website, there are now YouTube channels where advanced collectors share their knowledge. Mike B of Mike's Militaria, Hann...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Chauchat was not the Worst Machine Gun
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Chauchat was not the Worst Machine Gun

I know Gus and I are in agreement on this topic. I've written about it a few times already, but decided to share the latest take on it: The French Chauchat Was Filled with Problems, But It Was Not the Worst Machine Gun Ever https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/french-chauchat-was-filled-problems-i...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Gewehr Model 1888 Commission Rifle
Replies: 8
Views: 838

Re: Gewehr Model 1888 Commission Rifle

Great stuff. I have one that was used by the Imperial Chinese Army during the Boxer Rebellion. I'll have to take a photo so I can share.
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Old Way of Buying a Helmet KAGGR#1
Replies: 7
Views: 865

Re: The Old Way of Buying a Helmet KAGGR#1

I bought a few things via catalogs but I remember as a teen in the 1980s when a 75 table show seemed large! Those were the days.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon May 25, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 3106

Re: My new MG08

J.LeBrasseur wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 11:32 am
Congrats Peter, Your Man Cave keeps growing!
I wish the display "bunker" kept growing. It is getting more crowded! When I'm asked what I need for the collection in 2020... my answer "more space!"
by Peter_Suciu
Mon May 25, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 3106

Re: My new MG08

MG1918 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 2:24 pm
Great item but it has an MG08 booster assembly?
That is what it has. I'll seek out a more correct replacement, but I'm sure this would be an impossibility.
by Peter_Suciu
Sat May 23, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On Facebook, History Can Violate Community Standards
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: On Facebook, History Can Violate Community Standards

aicusv wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 12:12 pm
I was told that posting a photo of a Pzkw Mark III was hate speech,
A cousin builds models and said posting Finnish WWII airplanes got him in trouble... because Finland used a blue swastika!
by Peter_Suciu
Sat May 23, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On Facebook, History Can Violate Community Standards
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: On Facebook, History Can Violate Community Standards

Hi Peter, interesting piece, but I have to agree that the title is "misleading": fact is that Hitler lost WW II, that he could have won is supposition, even if based on facts. No reason to ban it on FB though :) Regards, Lars Hi, Lars-- I agree with you. As a freelance reporter (even a staff report...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri May 22, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On Facebook, History Can Violate Community Standards
Replies: 8
Views: 420

On Facebook, History Can Violate Community Standards

This is a topic that is debated a lot with German (Third Reich) militaria, but recently I ran afoul of Facebook for sharing a story I wrote. So rather than take it lying down I wrote another story (for Forbes.com) on how Facebook said my history piece violated "community standards." I was able to ge...
by Peter_Suciu
Thu May 07, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: OVMS Wilmington Ohio Show Delayed
Replies: 0
Views: 492

OVMS Wilmington Ohio Show Delayed

I saw that OVMS has announced that the June show in Wilmington Ohio has been pushed back to July.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon May 04, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 3106

Re: My new MG08

I didn't think it was right to have an MG08 and NOT have an MG08/15 to go with it. This just arrived on Friday (thank you to Gus for the help in finding it).

My collectible room is filled so I figured it would be good to just display it in the garden for now.
MG0815.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Fri May 01, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: Pickelhauben and Covid-19
Replies: 25
Views: 1774

Re: Pickelhauben and Covid-19

Well, my situation with UPS was in a word: surreal. The package didn't arrive on Thursday as expected but was literally 10 miles from my house I found out. It sat all day, so at 5pm I called UPS, waited on hold and asked to speak to a supervisor. I thanked UPS repeatedly for continuing to work, but ...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri May 01, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: Pickelhauben and Covid-19
Replies: 25
Views: 1774

Re: Pickelhauben and Covid-19

One point I will add is that in the short term we'll have to be far more patient. In the U.S. the mail has been painfully slow. I had waited three weeks for a "two-day" Priority Mail package to arrive. I'm still waiting for another Priority Mail package sent two weeks ago. Yesterday I expected two U...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri May 01, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: how to... display question
Replies: 21
Views: 2809

Re: how to... display question

Very nice displays - truly Out of Africa looking!
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: Pickelhauben and Covid-19
Replies: 25
Views: 1774

Re: Pickelhauben and Covid-19

Not every young person needs to be interested, but remember when you see a kid at a show, treat him or her as they are the most important person there, because they are the future of our hobby. Every kid we snub at a show, or on line, reduces the value of your investments. I agree with you 100% Gus...
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: Pickelhauben and Covid-19
Replies: 25
Views: 1774

Re: Pickelhauben and Covid-19

This is a topic that has been discussed on other forums. My take is that some will sell as they need the money, others will buy (militaria in general) and some dealers will be destroyed by this pandemic. So far I haven't seen price drops. Those who need money are selling, but unlike the "Great Reces...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Items Wanted
Topic: MG08/15 Belt Drum and Steam port cover
Replies: 1
Views: 380

MG08/15 Belt Drum and Steam port cover

I'm looking for an MG08/15 belt drum and steam port cover if anyone has a spare of either. Just name a price.
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Debate on Restoration
Replies: 3
Views: 643

Debate on Restoration

I've seen many of the YouTube videos on restoration, so this week for Forbes.com I wrote a piece on it.

Are restorations preserving or destroying history:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/petersuciu ... g-history/
by Peter_Suciu
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: French Adrian M15 private purchase
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: French Adrian M15 private purchase

Very nice examples. It is fascinating the extra work that went into these chinstraps.
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Thanks Enid
Replies: 9
Views: 1058

Re: Thanks Enid

We only looked at the issue today - all our mail is quarantined for two days!

And Brian, Enid just said you'll have to buy something even cooler next year to make the cut! And hey, she didn't include my MG08 purchase so don't feel bad!
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Not German, but some of you might appriciate it.
Replies: 6
Views: 629

Re: Not German, but some of you might appriciate it.

Very nice Lewis gun and fantastic Commonwealth display.
by Peter_Suciu
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: 2020 Show-of-Shows: THANK YOU from the OVMS
Replies: 6
Views: 1448

Re: 2020 Show-of-Shows: THANK YOU from the OVMS

We can't go back in time unfortunately - and right now who wouldn't rather be at SOS? So I wrote up a Best in Show Of Shows for GunPowdermagazine.com.

Not the same as being there, but it beats feeling depressed today:
https://www.gunpowdermagazine.com/best- ... -of-shows/
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Baltimore Antique Arms Show is Canceled
Replies: 19
Views: 1488

Baltimore Antique Arms Show is Canceled

The Baltimore Antique Arms Show was officially canceled today.
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Profile on YouTube's Forgotten Weapons
Replies: 0
Views: 2250

Profile on YouTube's Forgotten Weapons

This week I talked to Ian McCollum of YouTube's Forgotten Weapons. He is a very nice guy and is extremely passionate about sharing the history of old firearms:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/petersuciu ... f4a0a87cf3
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: MG08/15
Replies: 131
Views: 61874

Re: MG08/15

Those training pieces are very impressive. It is amazing there is so much detail in each.
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: My First of 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 2419

Re: My First of 2020

There is some serious history with that one I bet.
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: how to... display question
Replies: 21
Views: 2809

Re: how to... display question

I've seen on other forums similar designs. Most of the time it requires a custom made metal "hook" that comes out of the wall and has a 90 degree angle and then some sort of ball at the end for the helmet to rest on. As I can see from the photo above it appears it is standard track shelving with the...
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 3106

Re: My new MG08

The gun is deactivated so no plans to shoot it. I will take some more photos this weekend. It has been a whirlwind since SOS. The week went by far too fast as I'm sure James, Gus, Brian, Amy and others can attest. I arrived home on Saturday, moved the MG08 to my collectible room and barely have had ...
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: WWI helmets protect against shock waves just as well as modern designs
Replies: 3
Views: 2409

Re: WWI helmets protect against shock waves just as well as modern designs

Here is my piece on the subject - I spoke to a few modern helmet makers for commentary:
https://news.clearancejobs.com/2020/02/ ... t-helmets/
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: My Purchases SOS 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 2026

Re: My Purchases SOS 2020

Nice finds!
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 3106

Re: My new MG08

Gustaf wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:36 pm
They make a great mail box stand too.
I'm in the 'burbs - an MG wouldn't do. I have a small cannon on the front porch so that works.
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 3106

Re: My new MG08

ww1czechlegion wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:40 pm
LOL, sorry Peter, I didn't realize those were your tables!

Again, congratulations on acquiring this very nice MG08. It looks super!
No worries. I guess my efforts to build the brand apart from being me has been successful!
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 12517

Re: SOS 2020

Nice haul Amy! Sorry we didn't get to meet up at the show - always next year.
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 3106

Re: My new MG08

ww1czechlegion wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:00 pm
Is that the one that "Plunderer Pete" had on his table?
That is my table! :D
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: My First of 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 2419

Re: My First of 2020

Wow! I never even saw that at the show. My wife actually was chronicling impressive finds from the show for Military Trader magazine. I wish we would have known as that would have made the list! Thank you for sharing.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: History Influencers on YouTube
Replies: 0
Views: 3028

History Influencers on YouTube

Here is a link to my recent Forbes.com piece on history "influencers." We think of influencers as hawking products and promoting brands, but I've seen some great influencers on YouTube talking about history. Daniel Fisher also does a great job of promoting the items he buys/sells and the shows he hi...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 3106

My new MG08

This was my "only" real pick up at SOS this year.
MG08.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 12517

Re: SOS 2020

It was great seeing everyone, and my apologies for those I did not see. I was so busy this year that there were literally a dozen people I wanted to see that I never did!

I had a great show. I really only made one purchase (actually not true but only one that counted).
MG08.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Adrian v. Modern helmets
Replies: 9
Views: 2625

Re: Adrian v. Modern helmets

by Peter_Suciu
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: American Presidents in Uniform - President's Day
Replies: 0
Views: 3375

American Presidents in Uniform - President's Day

Happy President's Day. Even if we might not always like who sits in the Oval Office I think we need to respect that office and hope the person does the best possible job. That said 29 former Presidents stand out as they donned a military uniform and served their country before they served as Preside...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Adrian v. Modern helmets
Replies: 9
Views: 2625

Re: Adrian v. Modern helmets

I don't know if I believe this research. I've spoken to many modern helmet makers and concussions are something they've all been working to address, so I find this surprising to say the least!
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 12517

Re: SOS 2020

by Peter_Suciu
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 12517

Re: SOS 2020

Glad to hear you'll be able to make it to SOS. I was going to suggest you come anyway to pick your items from Jeff!

Looking forward to seeing all you guys in just two weeks!
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Schwarzlose Maschinengewehr M. 7
Replies: 0
Views: 3534

Schwarzlose Maschinengewehr M. 7

I ended the year with this new addition to the collection: a Schwarzlose Maschinengewehr M. 7. This was the standard issue machine gun in the Austro-Hungarian Army throughout World War I. This example was later reissued to the Romanian Army, and the water jacket extended (the gun was repainted too a...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Musee d'Armee
Replies: 1
Views: 946

Musee d'Armee

I wrote a piece on the visit to the Musee de l'Armee in Paris:
https://www.gunpowdermagazine.com/milit ... de-larmee/
by Peter_Suciu
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: My favorite piece of my late Brothers collection
Replies: 14
Views: 3080

Re: My favorite piece of my late Brothers collection

Truly a spectacular piece and one I know will be special to you.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Sea Battalions
Replies: 12
Views: 2866

Re: Sea Battalions

James, very nice shakos but the connection to Paul is of course priceless. I'm sure you'll treasure these the rest of your life.