The English Russia blog keeps coming up with interesting articles; that’s where I first found out about the Ukrainian Asgarda movement. Recently, I found an article on traditional weapon-smiths in Dagestan. Their ancestors would have equipped Imam Shamil’s forces – freedom-fighters and fierce opponents of Russian expansion. That period is well worth reading about; Peter Hopkirk suggests in The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia that mysterious Englishmen were involved in running guns to the Caucasian forces, but doesn’t go into much detail. Of course, Tolstoy wrote several stories based on his experiences as an officer at around the same time.
Anyway, it’s an interesting photo story – take a look: Weapon Makers of the Caucasus.