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Collier & Colt: The Origins of the Revolver

For years of writing about firearms, I had been working under an erroneous impression about...

Favorite Firearms: A Walther PPK/S Honeymoon

Our featured "Favorite Firearm" is a Walther PPK/S that an American Rifleman reader fired for...

1899: Year of the Browning Pistol

Today, the basic outline of the semi-automatic pistol is familiar, but that was not always...

The Steyr GB: A Forgotten 'Wondernine'

In its own right, the Steyr GB was a well-built pistol that should have found...

Remington Revolvers in the Civil War

When one thinks of percussion revolvers in U.S. military service, Colt’s percussion revolvers tend to...

Exploded View: High Power Pistol

The High Power pistol is one of the iconic handguns of the 20th century. Here's...

This Old Gun: Colt Second Generation New Frontier

During the early 20th century, to improve upon the rare pre-war Colt Flattop Target Model...

The Model 1911 in Vietnam

Here we take a look back at the use of the M1911 and other sidearms...

High Standard: Gone But Not Forgotten

High Standard was a prominent company in the mid-20th century and had many great models,...

The Mismatched Model 27: A Curious Revolver

Wiley Clapp found a Smith & Wesson Model 27 at his local gun shop, but...

This Old Gun: Smith & Wesson .455 Hand Ejector

For many, the Smith & Wesson Triple Lock, also known as the Hand Ejector First...

Rifleman Q&A: Where Did the USAF Combat Masterpieces Go?

In the mid-20th century, The U.S. Air Force had many Combat Masterpiece revolvers in its...

The East German Makarov: A Cold-War Collectible

The Cold War-era Makarov is a common pistol, but within the hundreds of thousands made,...

The 1895 Nagant Revolver: A Look Back

A look back at the brainchild of the French Nagant brothers for the Russian Tsar's...

Merwin Hulbert & Co. Guns: Forgotten Western Revolvers

Merwin Hulbert revolvers were innovative in design and beautifully made, but the company was plagued...
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