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This Old Gun: United States Patent Fire Arms 'Tombstone' Buntline

Normally, 19th century firearm replicas never come close to achieving the value of the originals they emulate. One of the few exceptions is the Single Action Army replicas built by the United States Fire Arms Mfg. Co.

ARTV Preview: Silencer Central, Leupold VX-3HD and The Lancaster Pistol

This week on American Rifleman Television, we take a look at Silencer Central suppressors, examine the Leupold VX-3HD 4.5-14X 40 mm CDS-ZL rifle scope and look back at the history of the British Lancaster pistol.

Colt 1871-72 Open Top: The Revolver That Begat The Single Action Army

Though largely forgotten and scarce today, the Colt 1871-72 "Open Top" revolvers represented an evolution in design for Colt, and ultimately paved the way for the Colt to transition from the cap-and-ball era to the cartridge era of the Single Action Army.

The .45 Colt: History and Performance

From the Single Action Army to various other revolvers and lever-action rifles, the .45 Colt cartridge has more than a century of history and is still a favorite of many enthusiasts today.

Walther PPK: The Iconic German Subcompact

Since its creation over 80 years ago, the Walther PPK has earned a well-respected reputation on the silver screen as well as in real life.

Arms of Independence: The Guns Of The American Revolution

On July 4, Americans celebrate the remarkable circumstances surrounding our independence. Without small arms, that independence wouldn't have been possible.

I Have This Old Gun: Colt Commercial Model 1911

Through the years, countless articles have been written heralding the many attributes of the U.S. Model of 1911 pistol. But the focus has mainly been on military versions of this slab-sided warhorse.

Rifleman Q&A: Puzzled By S&W Revolver Markings

A gun's markings will reveal specialized information that is pertinent to its identification, manufacture and origin. Contributing Editor John F. Treakle chimes in to help identify one peculiar Smith & Wesson Model 10-7 revolver.

I Have This Old Gun: Dutch Luger

In this American Rifleman TV segment of "I Have This Old Gun," we take a look at the features and history of one of the German designed P08 Luger semi-automatic service pistol as used by the Dutch military.

New For 2021: Uberti USA Hardin Revolver

American Rifleman’s Mark Keefe met with Uberti USA’s Tom Leoni to check out the latest Smith & Wesson replica—the Hardin, a 2nd Model No. 3 top-break handgun chambered for .45 Colt.

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