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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...
A Look Back at the Smith & Wesson 22/32 Kit Gun

A Look Back at the Smith & Wesson 22/32 Kit Gun

In 1936 Smith & Wesson introduced a 22/32 revolver with a 4" barrel—the Kit Gun—meant...
Tet 50th Anniversary Tribute Pistol

Tet 50th Anniversary Tribute Pistol

In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive and all Americans who...
Rifleman Q & A: A Gun Of Many Names

Rifleman Q & A: A Gun Of Many Names

A reader asks about an old revolver marked “National Arms Company, New York U.S.A.”
Last of Its Kind: The USMC Model 1909 Colt

Last of Its Kind: The USMC Model 1909 Colt

How does the last military-issue .45 Colt revolver stack up today at the range? A...
I Have This Old Gun: Astra Model 300

I Have This Old Gun: Astra Model 300

In the second decade of the 20th century, the Spanish army adopted a curious handgun—the...
In The Beginning: Semi-Automatic Pistols of the 19th Century

In The Beginning: Semi-Automatic Pistols of the 19th Century

Think the Mauser Broomhandle or a Colt was the first semi-automatic pistol? Think again. There...
The Doughboy’s M1911 Pistol in World War I

The Doughboy’s M1911 Pistol in World War I

By 1918, in the hands of the Doughboys of the American Expeditionary Force, the Kaiser’s...
Blood on the Border: The Battle of Columbus

Blood on the Border: The Battle of Columbus

In the early hours of March 19, 1916, American cavalrymen and armed citizens fought a...
Cold War Warriors—The Men and Guns of Special Forces Berlin

Cold War Warriors—The Men and Guns of Special Forces Berlin

While the Iron Curtain still stood, U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers in Berlin prepared for...
The 136th NRA/N-SSA National Civil War Championship

The 136th NRA/N-SSA National Civil War Championship

The NRA affiliated North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) held its 136th National Competition at Ft. Shenandoah...
Machine Guns Take Flight During The Great War

Machine Guns Take Flight During The Great War

Man had barely learned to fly when he decided to both fly and fight. With...

The Keefe Report: HK's VP70M—The Coolest Gun I've Shot In Years

For the next season of American Rifleman TV, we asked our friends at Heckler &...
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