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Cavalry Arms Of The American Revolution

When well-trained and equipped, a determined light horseman of the American Revolution was a fearsome combined-arms foe.

The .38 Smith & Wesson: History And Performance

Introduced in 1877, the .38 Smith & Wesson proved to be a popular revolver cartridge at the end of the 19th century, and was extensively used by the British well into the 20th century.  

Steyr M1912: The Underrated Habsburg Hammer Gun

When it comes to surplus semi-automatic handguns from the early 20th century, the Steyr M1912 is arguably one of the most underrated pistols in this category, yet offers plenty of history and usability to collectors.

Great Guns Of The American West

Beyond their utilitarian function, firearms have been admired over the centuries for their intrinsic artistic form and, often, their lavishly applied decoration. Pictured here are guns belonging to one of America’s foremost collectors with provenance to legendary figures such as Bat Masterson, George Armstrong Custer, Tom Horn, Tom Mix and Jesse James.

Smith & Wesson's Walthers

When Smith & Wesson's name showed up on Walther PPK and PPK/s pistols, many were shocked, but what does that mean for build quality and performance? Follow along with Wiley Clapp and his investigation of S&W-made Walther pistols.

Rifleman Q&A: G.I. M1911 Production

From the archives of American Rifleman, learn about the history and production of the most widely used U.S. military handgun of the Second World War.

Washington’s Pistols At West Point

George Washington and the Continental Army were plagued by a variety of problems during the harsh winter of 1777-’78, but the gift of a pair of pistols warmed the heart of America’s commander-in-chief and future first president.

George Washington's Guns

February 22, 2022, marks George Washington’s 290th birthday, and nearly three centuries on, there are still many surviving artifacts that give us some insight into his life and character.

Rifleman Q&A: A Backup Pistol For The SS?

My father was a private first class in the 17th Airborne Division and made the parachute jump into Germany where he acquired an unusual semi- automatic pistol from a surrendering German SS officer. The gun is marked “DUO” on its stocks.

I Have This Old Gun: Colt 'Baby Dragoon' 1848 Pocket Pistol

In the mid-19th century—just as in today’s world—citizens were clamoring for a concealable, reliable and affordable handgun. Ironically, inspired by the acceptance of his massive .44-cal. 1847 Walker and First Model 1848 Dragoon, the enterprising Sam Colt sensed an opportunity.

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