Canfield's Corner

Apples and Oranges

Posted by Bruce Canfield

Apples and Oranges

One question that seems to pop up frequently on internet sites and other venues is some variant of “Which is Better, the M1 Garand Rifle or the M1 Carbine.”  There are differences of opinion, sometimes quite vociferous, as to which is the better weapon. On one hand, some berate the Carbine as being less accurate, less powerful and lacking the range of the M1 Garand.  All of these points are, of course, true.  On the other hand, some complain that the M1 Rifle is too heavy, too cumbersome and has the horrid en bloc clip feeding mechanism.  The M1 Rifle...

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Johnson Rifle - Myth and Reality

Posted by Bruce Canfield

Johnson Rifle - Myth and Reality

Among the more interesting and in some ways enigmatic American small arms of WWII are the M1941 Johnson Rifle along with its "stablemate," the M1941 Johnson Light Machine Gun/Automatic Rifle.  The Johnson rifle is very popular with today's collectors and prices for original specimens in decent condition are steadily rising.  Most collectors and military arms enthusiasts are aware of the Johnson weapons but there is a LOT of misinformation bandied about in a number of books, articles, internet postings, etc. Also, there are a couple of museums I'm aware of that have incorrect information regarding the Johnson weapons in their collection.  Here...

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Trench Guns

Posted by Bruce Canfield

Trench Guns

It may come as no surprise that one of the most popular U.S. martial arms collecting themes is military shotguns, especially the so-called "trench guns."  Although the term "trench gun" was never an official designation, it is widely used today to denote those short-barrel military shotguns fitted with a handguard/bayonet adapter assembly and sling swivels.   Such guns first appeared during World War I and variations continued up through today.  They are impressive-looking as well as being quite interesting and historically significant weapons.  Compared to other contemporary weapons such as M1 rifles and carbines, M1903 and M1917 rifles, etc., trench guns...

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Welcome

Posted by Bruce Canfield

Welcome to my new website.  My old site had been around for over a decade and was getting rather "long in the tooth."  I had a completely new site designed that is better suited for mobile devices, etc. I also decided to reinstitute my "Canfield's Corner" blog which I discontinued a back in 2017.  The older Blog postings are still available here under the "Older Content" tab. While some of the information may be a bit dated, hopefully there's something you'll find to be of interest if you haven't read any of them previously. You can check back here from...

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Pay attention to baby carriages

Posted by Bruce Canfield

Pay attention to baby carriages

This is a "Canfield's Corner" post from several years ago that I'm moving to the "Current Topics" section as I've received several comments from readers who found it interesting. I have also added a photo of the hand-stamped markings referenced in the article. In the four decades I’ve been collecting U.S. military weapons, I’ve encountered many unusual, interesting, bizarre and memorable things. Although I don't go to a lot of guns anymore, in the past, I routinely attended gun shows at least once a month. Most were small local shows but two of my favorites were large shows fairly close to home;...

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