RIAC’s December Firearms Auction

Anticipation among collectors and investors was high for the December 2-4 Firearms Auction. It did not disappoint. Day 1 saw the sale of a factory engraved New Haven Arms Volcanic in lot 26 sporting the rarely encountered 25” barrel and its original walnut case, … More »

Army approves new weapon sights

The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a seven-year contract worth up to $384 million to provide specialized weapon sights that improve soldiers’ ability to engage targets at extended ranges. BAE Systems’ solution for the U.S. Army’s Family of Weapon … More »

Books in Review – December 2016 Bonus

The Stories Behind the Treasures of World War II: “The Making of a Collectorholic,” by Bill Shea (ISBN: 978-1-4951-8360-7, Ruptured Duck Publications, 51 Morgan Road, Hubbardston, MA 01452; 978.928.4495, billshea@tiac.net; www.therupturedduck.com. Hardcover, 9-3/8” x 12-3/8”, 360 pages, 600 color and … More »

The Yser Medal and Cross

by John Norris Awarded for defending the Yser River in 1914 After four years of war, the Belgian army instituted a new award n October 18 1918, known as the Yser (pronounced “EEZ-air”) Medal. It was created to commemorate the … More »

Collecting at the Front

By Harold Ratzburg A German’s attempt to retain souvenirs during WWII Old soldiers usually have one or two good stories to tell. Over a beer or two, one older, ex-German Army soldier told me quite a tale to tell about … More »

Snapshots – December 2016

“Snapshots” acknowledges that period photos can  be the best form of primary information for collectors. Military Trader welcomes photo submissions from its readers of any soldiers displaying interesting uniforms, equipment, medals, or insignia. Send photos with a brief description to: Military … More »

Fake Alert!

MILITARY MERIT CROSS, MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN, 2nd CLASS These reproduction medals are coming out of Germany and sold as “originality unknown” on eBay with an opening bid of .99. The telltale signs that these are not original are imperfections revealing that the medals are … More »