Belated Recognition

I have to say that I have not been remiss in not talking about Othias and Mae at C&Rsenal before, simply because I only recently discovered this outstanding EeeewwChoob channel.

That said, an impossibly-long amount of watching has since followed — I probably spend about two hours a day watching this pair talking about, and shooting, the old rifles that I love so much.  Between Othias’s historical background on the guns’ development and manufacture, and Mae’s well-informed opinions on the guns’ actual operation, it’s just about a perfect show for an old gun geek like myself.  And when they’re talking about a gun which I own, I feel an irresistible urge to get it out of the safe and work the action while I’m watching.  (I won’t even talk about the irresistible urge to go to the range afterwards.)

Between this show and Ian McCollum’s Forgotten Weapons series, there is a veritable encyclopedia of information about guns — so much so that from now on, I’m not going to do any lengthy exposition on the guns I feature in my Gratuitous Gun pics, but simply hand them over to one or the other of these two channels where they are covered.  (If I do a range report, however, I’ll put my two cents into the mix.)

Damn, I love this gun thing.


  1. It may interest you to know that Othais and Mae’s “.32 guy” (me) is a long time reader of your work.

    Very surprised to see O. & M., and their wonderful show, mentioned here. Small world.

  2. Love the hell out of Forgotten Weapons, and love more of the hell out of C & Rsenal. Great practical information and as someone who loves studying up to the WW1 era, fantastic stuff all. I just wish I knew of a way to get them out from under the woke fuckwads at the TOOB. Othias & Mae especially shouldn’t be eating Ramen, because they can’t navigate the Byzantine monetization policies at that place.

  3. Interesting euphemism, Kim. “I feel an irresistible urge to get it out of the safe and work the action while I’m watching. ” UmmmHmmmm.

  4. I am in awe of Othias’ knowledge and research skills. He’s a poster boy for Asperger’s Syndrome who can tell you of every subtle variation of Enfields and Mausers – and the guns that were produced in double or even single digit quantities for and by countries that I didn’t even know existed. I wonder where the name “Othias” came from. I’m obviously missing something that I probably should know. Since I’m showing my ignorance here, what’s the relationship between he and Mae? Are they friends, lovers or spouses? Not that it matters but in today’s world we have to know everything about everybody.

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