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I Have This Old Gun: Colt 3rd Generation "Signature Series" 1851 Navy

This Colt 3rd Generation Signature Series gun has never been fired. In "NRA Perfect" condition, what's it worth?

June 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: A Man Size Pistol

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. This week's story is taken from the January 1926 issue.

May 08, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Improved .45 Pistol

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the May 1924 issue, Major Lee O. Wright discusses the improvements Colt had just made to its "Automatic Pistol, Model of 1911."

March 06, 2014

Guns, Silver and John F. Kennedy

NRA Life member John F. Kennedy was an avowed 2nd Amendment supporter. Fifty years after his death, Universal Coin & Bullion is commemorating the historic year with a 1964 Kennedy half dollar.

November 17, 2013

Shot Down?

Lt. Col. A.J. D’Amario, USAF. Ret., Fla., may be the only Air Force pilot to ever shoot his own plane to correct a malfunction. Read his story here.

November 05, 2013

I Have This Old Gun: Colt Second Generation Buntline Special .45

One of the things Hollywood does well is create legends. And one of the most enduring to come out of the television Westerns of the 1950s and ’60s was the Buntline Special, a Colt Single Action Army with a 12" barrel.

October 30, 2013

NRA National Sporting Arms Museum Opens Serial Number One Guns Exhibit

The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops flagship superstore is featuring the first ever Serial Number One Guns exhibit.

October 17, 2013

Dirty Harry's Model 29: America's Shooting Star

Out of production and somewhat obscure, the Smith & Wesson Model 29 was once well known only to serious big-bore handgunners. Then in 1971, it became one of the most famous and desirable handguns of all time. Do you know why? Well, do ya?

July 23, 2013

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless

It doesn’t take much for a gun to go from collector to shooter, and lose value in the process.

June 19, 2013

A Look Back at the Smith & Wesson Model 29

This classic revolver is what spawned the big-bore magnum handgun frenzy.

May 15, 2013

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model

John Wesley Hardin was carrying a S&W .44 Double Action First Model when he was killed.

April 23, 2013

Chinese Broomhandles

While China was the first to invent and use gunpowder, its isolationist policy had left its armament industry in an abyss.

March 21, 2013

Colt's New Model Holster Pistol in the Civil War

Though its first deliveries were to the South, it was also the handgun most used by Federal cavalry.

February 21, 2013

U.S. Model 1816 Flintlock Pistol

The 1816 Flintlock pistol is considered reasonable for a historic firearm.

January 23, 2013

Wartime Browning Hi-Power

The Browning Hi-Power was developed as a post-World War I French replacement pistol.

November 19, 2012