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Smith & Wesson's Big .44 Magnum Revolver: A Legendary Gun Like No Other

One of the first, if not the first handguns to take advantage of the .44 Magnum round was the Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver. A blued, six cylinder revolver, the Model 29 weighs nearly three pounds loaded, 50 percent more than a polymer and steel Glock 9mm pistol. The Model 29 came in a variety of barrel sizes, from four to ten inches. Although a longer barrel length increased weight, this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing: a heavier weight will absorb more recoil. A variation on the Model 29, the 629, featured all stainless-steel construction.

The Uzi: The Israeli Super Machine Gun That Conquered the World

Outside of Israel the Uzi proliferated widely, contributing to its global image. Countries as diverse as Japan, Germany, Belgium, Peru and Brazil all used the Uzi in their armed forces, as well as producing it under license. The Uzi wormed its way into a variety of Third World conflicts, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, was active in antirevolutionary conflicts in Central and South America, and became an object of desire in the United States among criminal gangs.

Russia's Lethal Su-35 Is Coming to Indonesia

Russia has apparently started work on “implementing” a contract with Indonesia to supply it with advanced Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E air superiority fighters. However, no details are available as to exactly when the new fighters would be delivered.

“The contract has been signed and we are starting to implement it," Vladimir Kozhin, a Russian presidential aide for military and technical cooperation, told the Rossiya-24 channel according to TASS.

The Air Force Is One Step Closer to Getting Its Nuclear Cruise Missile

US Air Force weapons developers plan to begin a new phase of construction and development for the emerging Long-Range Standoff Weapon in 2022, a move that will bring a new nuclear-armed, air-launched cruise missile closer to operational status amid fast-growing global nuclear weapons tensions, service officials said.

Due to emerging nuclear weapons threats, the Air Force now envisions an operational LRSO by the end of the 2020s - as opposed to prior thoughts that it may not be ready until the 2030s.

Novichok: Everything You Need to Know about Russia's Ultimate Chemical Weapon

This Monday, British prime minister Theresa May delivered a statement to the House of Commons on the fate of two Russians who were found slumped on a park bench, unresponsive, in the city of Salisbury. Former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were rushed to the hospital after suffering symptoms related to chemical weapons exposure. Over the week, British law enforcement and laboratory experts have blamed the nerve agent “Novichok” for the attack.

5 Best Guns for Defending Your Business (Glock and Ruger Made the Cut)

Among the many considerations a small-business owner must juggle is security. Businesses that deal in high-value merchandise that is easily moveable or that are known for moving large amounts of cash, and are located in sketchy areas, are particularly vulnerable to armed robbery. For those business owners that choose to include a firearm in their security plan there are a number of practical choices, from easily concealable handguns to carbines and shotguns.

Mossberg 500 Shotgun

Does North Korea Really Have a Nuclear Bomb?

When India staged its first nuclear test in 1974, there were no doubts. It was a massive explosion estimated at eight kilotons (kt.) equivalent of TNT. Though it was conducted underground, it left a large crater on the surface. The test was celebrated in India, condemned in Pakistan and observed with caution in the rest of the world. After India's second series of tests in 1998, Pakistan responded with a five-device test set of its own two weeks later.

Russia Just Fired a Hypersonic Missile from a MiG-31 Fighter. Should America be Worried?

The Russian Ministry of Defense has shown off a video of a training launch of its new Dagger (Kinzhal in Russian) hypersonic missile from a Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor.

Portions of the video were intentionally blurred to obscure certain aspects of the weapon, but the Kinzhal appears to be an aero-ballistic missile rather than a scramjet-powered air-breathing missile. However, that should come as no surprise to serious analysts because no nation on Earth has mastered the material sciences to build a true scramjet-powered missile yet. That technology is still years away.