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


35 responses to “Popular Mechanics Sucks At Naming The 11 Most Important Guns In History”

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

    1. elephantrider Avatar

      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.

  2. Hehe. Breasts.

  3. shockfish08 Avatar

    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?

  4. XM-25, who are they kidding?

    YOU NEVER GOT INTO 24 ????
    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 !

    1. +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.

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

    1. +2 for FAL

  6. This make me what to break someones nose.

  7. FlynnCastle Avatar

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

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

    1. Ha ha +1

  9. Caplock musket


    sumd00d who invented gunpowder

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

    24 what?

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

  11. Most popular guns in history

  12. nikonmikon Avatar

    no nuggets? no ak? no stg44?

    i lol’d

    1. nikonmikon Avatar

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

  13. The Real Dave Avatar
    The Real Dave

    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.

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

    1. Chris Costa Avatar
      Chris Costa

      Stop. Just stop.

  15. SittingDown Avatar

    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…”

  16. 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)

  17. sapper911 Avatar

    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.

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

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

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

    Oh hey; a gun!

    1. SittingDown Avatar

      LOL. Not to big, not too small.

  21. BEWBS! Thanks Mike! LOL

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

  22. 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.

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

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

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

  26. 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.

    1. More like Henry Waxman.