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The Luger of the Tropics

The Luger of the Tropics

In the hands of the military and police—as well as revolutionaries and bandits—for decades, the...
Model 1805 Harpers Ferry Pistol: Building the Davide-Pedersoli Kit

Model 1805 Harpers Ferry Pistol: Building the Davide-Pedersoli Kit

For fans of historical firearms, putting together a pistol or rifle kit can be one...
By the Decade: Wiley Clapp's Favorite Handguns—The 1980s

By the Decade: Wiley Clapp's Favorite Handguns—The 1980s

Smith & Wesson's elegant workhorse wheelgun, the Model 57/58 in .41 Magnum, is Wiley Clapp's...
The Model 1805 Harpers Ferry Pistol: Launching the Reproduction Era

The Model 1805 Harpers Ferry Pistol: Launching the Reproduction Era

In the last few decades particularly, the United States has seen an influx of both...
I Have This Old Gun: Model 1895 Nagant Revolver

I Have This Old Gun: Model 1895 Nagant Revolver

In the third quarter of the 19th century, Leon and Emil Nagant of Liege, Belgium,...
The Model 1805 Harpers Ferry Pistol: From Inception to Insignia

The Model 1805 Harpers Ferry Pistol: From Inception to Insignia

Following the disbandment of the Continental Army in 1784, the United States kept only a...
Arsenals and Armament: The Early Years of U.S. Martial Pistols

Arsenals and Armament: The Early Years of U.S. Martial Pistols

The journey from the dawning days of the American Revolution to the requisition of the...
Archives: The M1911A1 and The M9

Archives: The M1911A1 and The M9

From the 1985 American Rifleman, shortly after the adoption of the M9 as the new...
I Have This Old Gun: Detonics Combat Master Mark VII Pistol

I Have This Old Gun: Detonics Combat Master Mark VII Pistol

As a compact semi-automatic chambered in .45 ACP, the Detonics Combat Master is understandably obscure—except...
Exploded View: Mossberg Brownie Pistol

Exploded View: Mossberg Brownie Pistol

From the American Rifleman archives comes this 1995 "Exploded View" by then Editor-in-Chief Pete Dickey.
The Keefe Report: The Guns of “They Shall Not Grow Old“

The Keefe Report: The Guns of “They Shall Not Grow Old“

Director Peter Jackson, the man behind The recent film adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of...
The Arab Revolt and the Guns of Lawrence of Arabia

The Arab Revolt and the Guns of Lawrence of Arabia

T.E. Lawrence fought an unconventional campaign in the Arabian Desert during the Great War. But...
World War I Pistols: Trench Sweepers

World War I Pistols: Trench Sweepers

Elite Belgian and French “trench sweepers” used Browning-designed FN and Colt pistols in the perilous...
What's It Worth—Krausewerk Baby Luger

What's It Worth—Krausewerk Baby Luger

Because of myriad variations, collecting a complete representation of Georg Luger’s P08 toggle-link semi-automatics can...
Video—I Have This Old Gun: H&K VP70

Video—I Have This Old Gun: H&K VP70

Though Glock often gets credit for being the world's first polymer-frame, striker-fired pistol, the H&K...
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