Lunch & Learn: The Handgun's Role in World War I

  • Chapman Cultural Center 200 East Saint John Street Spartanburg, SC, 29306 United States

Join Spartanburg County Historical Association and blogger Othais McCarthy of C&Rsenal on Friday, April 22 for a presentation on the role of handguns in the First World War.  Othais will introduce the core concepts of what makes a good military handgun using surviving examples from the era.  He'll also discuss how weapons that were initially icons of rank became necessary tools in the trenches, the role colonialism played in cartridge selection before the war, and how industrial deficiencies, global supply, and Germany's rationing affected the evolution of handguns in the early twentieth century.  Don't miss this fascinating combination of history and technology!

 Othais runs C&Rsenal, a historical military firearms site.  His current project is a web series exploring the small arms of the First World War.  He has been partnering with museums and private collectors in order to photograph, fire, disassemble, animate, and share these pieces with the world.  

He credits his information to a growing library of books by dedicated historians and collectors who have spent nearly a century compiling historical documents and large surveys of actual pieces to unlock their secrets.  He considers his role as a presenter to be focused on distilling these sources and using multimedia to better present their stories to a broad audience. 

Lunch & Learns are held in the Callie and John Rainey Conference Room in the west wing of Chapman Cultural Center.

Catered lunches will be available through Palmetto Palate, reserved in advance through our gift shop.  Tickets and a limited number of lunches will be available at the door.

$5/ticket only; FREE/SCHA Members

$15/ticket and sandwich or salad box (includes beverage and dessert)

Reserve tickets by calling Spartanburg Regional History Museum at (864) 596-3501