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How Real Western Weaponry Resembles Red Dead Redemption's -- Rockstar Special

On the Rockstar Games newswire, Rockstar Games have posted a special which presents the similarities of the weaponry which is featured in Red Dead Redemption and that of which was around during the 20th century. The post goes through a list of weapons in the game with detailed information presented about each (and what real life weapon they are inspired by) -- some even with comparison pictures. The post can be seen below:

Semi-automatic pistol (inspired by the BorchardtC93) - The granddaddy of self-loading pistols, this revolutionary German-produced handgun was the first semi-auto to see significant mass-production. Very costly to make, much less purchase, and with a kick like a mule, gunslingers at the time still couldn’t resist the attraction of its amazing self-feeding mechanism that enabled it to fire in rapid succession.

                                                                          
Mauser pistol (inspired by the Mauser C96) – Its distinctive box magazine in front of the trigger and even more unique wooden walnut handle (earning it the nickname the "broom handle”) only partly explains why this pistol acquired such cachet as an elite and exotic firearm.  The power and penetration of its 7.63mm rounds went unrivalled for decades, and its range was excellent as well. Winston Churchill was among this pistol’s many loyal fans.


(Left: In Red Dead Redemption, the Mauser is a rare and coveted gun that will even earn you a special Achievement/Trophy ("Exquisite Taste”) just for purchasing it from a gunsmith; Right: The genuine article - original photo of an 1895 Mauser C96. [Wikimedia Commons])


High power pistol (inspired by the Browning M1903) - This key forerunner of the modern semi-automatic pistol was designed by legendary gunmaker John Browning for military purposes and became very popular for civilian-self defense (and with outlaws) due to its accuracy, light weight, quick reload and most of all reliability, as soldiers from Belgium, Holland and Sweden to Turkey, Russia and the US could attest.
 

Bolt-action rifle (inspired by the Krag Jorgensen) – Invented in Denmark, this weapon won a competition held by the US Military on New York’s Governors Island and beat out several dozen competitors, including domestic weapons manufacturers who howled in protest.  Among its attractive features was its improvement upon the standard top-loading rifle models of the time - the bolt-action loaded rounds much more quickly, smoothly and efficiently.

 


(Left: Marston takes aim with the bolt-action rifle based on the Krag Jorgensen.  Right: US troops fight from the trenches using the Krag Jorgensen during the Philippine-American War in 1899. [Wikimedia Commons])


Pump-action shotgun (inspired by the Winchester M1897 – aka "the ol’ ‘97”) – A classic of American firearms, the pump-action shotgun surpassed its predecessors with an easily removable barrel (for those preferring varying lengths), a slide lock that greatly reduced misfires and jams, and an overall sturdier frame. Nearly a million such rifles were produced during the first half of the 20th century.

Browning Machine Gun
(inspired by the Browning M1917 prototype) - Invented in 1890 by John Moses Browning, and ultimately with later models becoming a fixture of World War I combat – the Browning Machine Gun is a water-cooled, recoil-operated, fully automatic piece of bullet-firing mayhem; and one of the most cutting-edge, rare and indeed deadly of all the weapons John Marston lays his trigger finger on.

 


(Left: John Moses Browning - one of the most brilliant innovators in the field of weaponry at the turn of the 20th century. [Wikimedia Commons]; Right: Marston at the helm of Browning's revolutionary machine gun.)

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