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General Douglas MacArthur, “Model 1903” Colt Pocket Automatic pistol

General Officer’s Pistols

From World War II to the present day, the U.S. military has issued pistols to officers, presenting men of high rank with some of the best-known handguns of all time—and conferring on them no small measure of prestige.

I Have This Old Gun: Philadephia Deringer

Henry Deringer, maker of the famous Philadelphia Deringer single-shot pistol, has a particular distinction: He is the only gunmaker to have an entire genre of pistols named after him.

“I Reckon So”: The Guns Of “The Outlaw Josey Wales”

It was one of the most iconic Western films of all time, starring one of the most successful actor/directors of all time—and it immortalized one of the most historic handguns ever made. Today, they all live on in the wildly popular exhibit “Hollywood Guns.”

I Have This Old Gun: French Model 1935A

At the beginning of the Great War in 1914, France’s primary handgun was the cunning 8 mm double-action Modèle 1892 revolver, also known as the “Lebel” or “St. Étienne.”

I Have This Old Gun: Astra 600/43

Although the Astra Model 600/43 may not sit at the top of the list of the most collectible German World War II pistols, that is exactly what the first 10,500 are. Read on:

Favorite Firearms: A Treasured Colt DAA

James Payton, a special brother in the Lord, called me on a Sunday afternoon asking me to bring a box of .44 WCF cartridges to shoot an old Colt he had bought at the gun show.

I Have This Old Gun: Colt “American Railway Express” Police Positive

Colt's Positive Lock eventually gave rise to the Police Positive, which was introduced in 1907 with more than 750,000 were produced until production halted in 1995.

I Have This Old Gun: Schmeisser Model I

It’s unfortunate that Hugo Schmeisser’s renown comes from having his surname erroneously appended to the superb World War II German MP38/40 submachine gun, a firearm he really had nothing to do with.

The Texas Rangers: 200 Years Of Justice

From buckskins and Bowie knives to business suits and computers, the Texas Rangers have carried on a daily fight for two centuries with one solemn goal: to serve and protect the people of the Lone Star State.

Military Surplus Collecting For Beginners—6 Guns Worth Knowing About

Here we discuss three great military-surplus firearms for beginners and three that are best saved for later.

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