The Armourer’s Bench is a collaborative effort bringing together the knowledge and experience of two British small arms historians; Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. The Armourer’s Bench is a multimedia project using both video and written content to showcase the history of some of the world’s most interesting and important firearms.

You can check out our introductory video to the project here!

Vic Tuff is a small arms historian and during the late 1970’s and 80’s was the armourer for a well known firearms dealer. In addition to being an authority on a number of weapons systems including the AR-10, FAL and the Beretta BM-59, Vic has over 30 years of hands on experience as both an armourer and a dealer. He has a wealth of stories and anecdotes and the knowledge to back them up. He has attended a number of armourer’s courses on IMI, Colt, FN, and other manufacturers’ products. In 2016, he dabbled with a gun related video history blog Inside The Pattern Room. He has been a contributor for several small arms related publications for Collector Grade Publications including: The Black Rifle – M16 Retrospective & The Armalite AR-10: World’s Finest Battle Rifle.

Check out Vic’s videos here

Matthew Moss is a military historian with degrees from the Universities of Liverpool and Chester. In 2013, he established www.historicalfirearms.info, a website that looks at the history, development and use of firearms, as well as wider military history. He has written for numerous publications including Small Arms Review, ARMAX, The Armourer, Popular Mechanics, Jane’s, History of War, Task & Purpose, Overt Defense and Military History Matters. Matthew’s first book on the Sterling Submachine Gun was published in November 2018, his second looking at the The PIAT was published in 2020. He is also co-host of Fighting On Film, a podcast looking at war movies and conflict on film.

Check out Matt’s videos here

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