Istanbul Military Museum: Small Arms of the Ottoman Empire

This guest post has been submitted to TFB on behalf of Marawan​ M, an Egyptian firearms designer currently working in Turkey for a civilian Turkish firearms company. Recently he visited the Istanbul Military Museum and wrote up a summary of his visit along with accompanying photographs. This is Marawan​ M’s first guest post for TFB.

The Istanbul Military Museum (Turkish: Askeri Müzesi) is dedicated to one thousand years of Turkish military history. It is one of the leading museums of its kind in Turkey. Once you walk into the museum you will feel yourself walking through the corridors of Turkish history.

First to come to a visitor’s attention is a huge German built howitzer manufactured for naval defense since it is ground mounted. Beside the howitzer is a statue of a local hero named “Seyit Çabuk”(Seyid Chabuk). It is said that he carried over 200 kilograms (440 lbs) of projectiles for his…

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