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Back to Basics: Holsters

Back to Basics: Holsters

The term “holster” dates back to somewhere in the mid-17th century. Its origins are a...
Product Preview: Steinel 8x22 mm Nambu Ammunition

Product Preview: Steinel 8x22 mm Nambu Ammunition

Steinel Ammunition has released a cartridge specifically for Type 94 and Type 14 Nambus, with...
Aerial Gunfight: Shot Down by a .45

Aerial Gunfight: Shot Down by a .45

The M1911 and M1911A1 pistols are legends among firearms. Their remarkable exploits in the hands...
D-Day + 75: Arms of the Airborne

D-Day + 75: Arms of the Airborne

Seventy-five years ago, Allied troops invaded Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” to bring an end to Nazi...
I Have This Old Gun: Colt Army Special (a.k.a. Official Police)

I Have This Old Gun: Colt Army Special (a.k.a. Official Police)

The Colt Army Special, a popular workhorse of a revolver, has never received the collector...
Marine Companion: Remington-Rand M1911A1

Marine Companion: Remington-Rand M1911A1

A veteran Remington-Rand M1911A1 was always by this young Marine officer’s side in Vietnam.
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...
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