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I Have This Old Gun: Smith & Wesson Model 1

Daniel Smith and Horace Wesson were not men who gave up easily. In 1854 the...

Rifleman Q & A: Pre-War Stock Pistol

A reader inquires about an older, semi-automatic .32 ACP pistol.

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

The French had a tradition of building well-thought-out longarms and handguns.

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 Senior Curator Philip Schreier accepted a CIA Deer Pistol into the museum’s collection...

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

This finest known cased Colt Walker hammered for $1.6 million after seven and a half...

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

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

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

Think the idea of arming pilots is new? Think again. Every time you board a...

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

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