Popular Mechanics Sucks At Naming The 11 Most Important Guns In History

The List:

  1. Hand Cannon (13th Century)
  2. Gatling Gun (1862)
  3. Colt Peacemaker (1873)
  4. Maxim Gun (1883)
  5. Colt M1911 (1911)
  6. M2 Browning (1933)
  7. M1 Garand (1936)
  8. Uzi (1948)
  9. AK-47 (1949)
  10. Glock 17 (1982) – “A simplified handgun made mainly from plastic, except for the barrel”  “It will not fire unless the trigger is pulled and all safeties are off”  <– can be summed up simply as “DERP” *facepalm*
  11. XM-25 (2010)

You can check out the full article to read their blurbs on each gun over at Popular Mechanics.

I almost had a heart attack that our very own M-16 or M4 didn’t make the list.  Besides that, as far as I’m concerned, most of those have merit except for the XM-25.  Last time I checked that wasn’t even widely in use so I’d hardly call that an important gun in “history”… if you’re going to put that on the list you might as well add the AA-12 shotgun.  Fail for not having the Deagle brand Deagle, Glock 7, and the Hi-Point C-9 on the list.  hahaha Yea I trolled the shit out of you with the post pic. *hi-5s self*

If Popular Mechanics was smart they would have convinced Elisha Cuthbert to sign a life contract when she was just the Popular Mechanics for kids girl.  What’s not to like about her?  I hear she was on 24, but I never got into that.  I get my fix now by watching her on Happy Endings… the show is seriously funny.  PMK 4 LIFE tatted on my forearm.

Thoughts?  If you don’t think Elisha Cuthbert is good looking I really should revoke your ability to read this blog.

Hat tip: Eric



dave w November 30, 2012 at 12:19 am

She grew up in montreal and is an actress, probably wants to ban gun blogs and let the UN run the world.


elephantrider November 30, 2012 at 01:30 pm

Elisha Cuthbert is actually a pretty cool chick. No idea on her political views, but she is always easy going whenever I hear interviews of her.


Jester November 30, 2012 at 12:46 am

Hehe. Breasts.


shockfish08 November 30, 2012 at 12:49 am

Dude…. and I really loved Popular Mechanics….

I remember back in the early 2000’s they had an article about modern combat arms (mainly KAC, HK and Colt/Stoner rifles to name a few), now THAT was a good read. I guess all the talent left eh?


Jeep November 30, 2012 at 02:39 am

XM-25, who are they kidding?

Boy, when I saw the first episode of the first season, I thought, heyyyy, not bad. I watched the second one and IMMEDIATLY after I thought: I don’t watch the third one I am going to die… And it was on!
Elisha Cuthbert is absolutely a hottie, but in this show she is a goddamn jinx ! Every time she appears, she needs to screw something up.
Wanna flirt with her boyfriend? Bam! Gets abducted!
Want to drop by the CTU to tell her dad she is now an adult? CTU gets gas-attacked!
Finds a handsome, reliable CTU agent for a boyfriend? He gets tied to a dirty chemical bomb!
Survives an ambulance crash in the woods? She walks in wolf trap!
A random guy helps her out of a wolf trap in the middle of the night? Bam! Gets abducted again!

I tell you, no matter how hot she is, she better stay away from you !


PJ November 30, 2012 at 07:50 pm

+1 on the addictive nature of 24. She does cause nothing but trouble in the show but just look at her. Yeah you’ll probably die but it’d probably be worth it.


Doug November 30, 2012 at 02:50 am

They forgot the FN FAL too. I like what another commenter said: “they should’ve just called the article ’11 guns’.”


DB327 November 30, 2012 at 07:24 am



Bobby December 1, 2012 at 04:22 am

+2 for FAL


John November 30, 2012 at 06:55 am

This make me what to break someones nose.


FlynnCastle November 30, 2012 at 07:48 am

Where are the shotguns? Throw at least one modern(ish) shotty in there.


Bear November 30, 2012 at 07:58 am

Article looks more like “11 Guns that Came Up First when We Searched for “Guns” in Google”.


Curtis December 1, 2012 at 09:34 pm

Ha ha +1


Critter November 30, 2012 at 08:16 am

Caplock musket


sumd00d who invented gunpowder

i mean, we can go way back if’n we want to.

24 what?


Sid November 30, 2012 at 08:21 am

Popular Mechanics, a handgun, and Elisha Cuthbert all at once. I am gonna need a few minutes alone.


MrMaigo November 30, 2012 at 08:36 am

Most popular guns in history


nikonmikon November 30, 2012 at 09:12 am

no nuggets? no ak? no stg44?

i lol’d


nikonmikon November 30, 2012 at 09:12 am

oh snap my bad, ak is on the list. still the concept progeny of the stg-44


The Real Dave November 30, 2012 at 09:51 am

They actually got it right in the AK47 description:

“Large clearances between moving parts make the AK-47 easy to manufacture and resistant to fouling by mud, sand, or dirt.”

LARGE CLEARANCES, not loose tolerances like most interweb ninjas say. There is a huge difference.


Mitch November 30, 2012 at 10:04 am

can someone explain why there is a hipoint on the article? its not even on the list. unless they thought it was a glock?


Chris Costa November 30, 2012 at 05:07 pm

Stop. Just stop.


SittingDown November 30, 2012 at 10:07 am

The article is full of gems. LOL

“The 17, which takes its name from its 17-round magazine [edit: No, wrong! Slash that…] being Glock’s 17th patent, was designed with improved ergonomics and three independent safety mechanisms…”


Rob C. November 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

Actually, parts of this list aren’t THAT bad (the info they put for the guns is that bad, though).

Hand cannon- guns become portable; a weapon for the individual soldier
Gatling gun- one of the first rapid fire weapons
Colt SAA- one of the first mega-successful cartridge revolvers, but certainly not the first.
Maxim gun- first machine gun; changes warfare forever
Colt 1911- one of the first successful automatic handguns
Browning M2- first heavy machine gun
M1 Garand- first standard-issue semi-auto rifle
Uzi- no reason this should be on the list- they saw it in movies
AK-47- one of the first successful assault rifles, most mass-produced weapon of all time
Glock 17- one of the first commercially successful polymer-framed handguns
XM-25- highly technical airburst weapon- certainly futuristic but of limited effectiveness

My list:
1. Hand cannon- guns become man portable
2. matchlock/wheel-lock- guns become self-igniting
3. flintlock- guns become more reliable
4. caplock- guns become MUCH more reliable
5. rifled musket- guns become accurate at extended ranges
6. Colt Patterson- invented the revolver as we know it today
7. Spencer- one of the first repeating rifles and one of the first to use metallic-cased cartridges
8. Gatling gun- one of the first rapid-fire weapons
9. Maxim gun- first machine gun
10. Borchardt C-93- first semi-automatic handgun
11. MP18- first submachine gun; made rapid fire man portable
12. M1 Garand- first standard issue rapid-fire military arm
13. StG44- first assault rifle; first to use an intermediate cartridge
14. The rise of new materials- alloys, polymer (various guns and various dates)
15. The rise of modularity (various guns and various dates)


sapper911 November 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

How bout the rifled musket and the minie ball. Or the Pennsylvania long rifle, Browning high power (pretty far head of its time). How bout the M16? all modern assault rifles have been designed around the basic concept of the M16.


Bart November 30, 2012 at 02:07 pm

You should really watch 24, that show was awesome. It’s all on netflix.


cc19 November 30, 2012 at 02:59 pm

I agree with the M16 needing a spot on there. I’d also argue for Thompson SMG.


032125 November 30, 2012 at 03:07 pm

This was Cuthbert’s zenith; she was a goddess.

Oh hey; a gun!


SittingDown November 30, 2012 at 03:32 pm

LOL. Not to big, not too small.


Church November 30, 2012 at 03:55 pm

BEWBS! Thanks Mike! LOL

And I fully agree that the XM-25 has no reason to be on that list.


PJ November 30, 2012 at 04:01 pm

I’ve seen dumber lists of important guns. The XM-25 is only on there because these kinds of lists always like to include something “cutting-edge.” Its way too early to tell its significance.


Will November 30, 2012 at 04:25 pm

No Henry repeating rifle? No Stg44? No Lee Enfield rifle? No Luger? No AN94?


Jim P. November 30, 2012 at 05:48 pm

Well they struck out the 17 rounds and put in the 17th patent. Someone is doing some education for them.


Josh November 30, 2012 at 06:31 pm

Uzi? Hand cannon? XM25? Fucking seriously? Clearly this is no gun mag. Somebody sold an article for more than it was worth.


PhoenixNFA December 1, 2012 at 12:00 am

first i see boobs…cool….

then i see the hi point (or low point in the design of firearms) to the left of boobs. thanks for ruining any chance of me getting a boner in the next 25 years. the hi point c9 is the james carville of guns.


032125 December 1, 2012 at 12:28 am

More like Henry Waxman.


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