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A Look Back at the Smith & Wesson Model 19

A Look Back at the Smith & Wesson Model 19

When Smith & Wesson changed from names to model numbers in 1957, the Combat Magnum...
I Have This Old Gun: French Year XIII Cavalry Pistol

I Have This Old Gun: French Year XIII Cavalry Pistol

The French had a tradition of building well-thought-out longarms and handguns.
The Lafayette/Washington Pistols

The Lafayette/Washington Pistols

A pair of saddle pistols presented by theMarquis de Lafayette to George Washington remains a...
NRA Museums Accepts CIA Deer Pistol

NRA Museums Accepts CIA Deer Pistol

NRA Museums Senior Curator Philip Schreier accepted a CIA Deer Pistol into the museum’s collection...
The CMP M1911s: The Inside Story

The CMP M1911s: The Inside Story

It's a happy ending for these 8,000 pistols fought on battlefields from Europe to Southeast...
Cased Colt Walker Shatters World Record at Auction

Cased Colt Walker Shatters World Record at Auction

This finest known cased Colt Walker hammered for $1.6 million after seven and a half...
The Guns of Veracruz 1914

The Guns of Veracruz 1914

The landings at Veracruz saw the early combat use of several American small arms that...
A Look Back at the Walther PP

A Look Back at the Walther PP

In 1929, Walther succeeded in producing a workable single-/double-action (DA/SA) fire-control mechanism, bringing out the...
Sam Walker's Walker: Cimarron Firearms Reproduction

Sam Walker's Walker: Cimarron Firearms Reproduction

Cimarron Firearms will donate 5 percent of sales of this gun to the Former Texas...
Colts In The Cockpit: Arming Pilots—From Airmail To Commercial Aviation

Colts In The Cockpit: Arming Pilots—From Airmail To Commercial Aviation

Think the idea of arming pilots is new? Think again. Every time you board a...
I Have This Old Gun: Sauer 38H Pistol

I Have This Old Gun: Sauer 38H Pistol

When one thinks of ground-breaking double-action pocket pistols, those that probably come to mind are...
Rifleman Q & A: The Deringer Line

Rifleman Q & A: The Deringer Line

A reader inquires about an old gun with markings on the barrel’s rib: “DERINGER PHILADA....

Tonight on American Rifleman TV: Americans in World War I—Part 2; Mossberg Shockwave

Last week, American Rifleman TV began an eight part series on Americans in World War...
Magnificent Mausers: An Exploration Of Unusual Pistols And Carbines

Magnificent Mausers: An Exploration Of Unusual Pistols And Carbines

With more than a million made, the Mauser C96 Broomhandle was one of the most...
A Very Special Colt Woodsman

A Very Special Colt Woodsman

Colt’s venerable Woodsman is an American rimfire icon, and it’s right at home anywhere you...
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