A gas station clerk was working the register when a man walked in and confronted him. He slid a note to the clerk with the words "money now" inscribed on it and demanded the safe be opened. The clerk ran from the store and attempted to phone police, but his assailant quickly caught up with him.
I recall a very pleasant day at my gun club, shooting a handsome old Smith & Wesson revolver that had somehow turned out to be a commercial dud. This was sometime in the early 1980s and the gun in question—called the Model 53—had been officially discontinued in 1974.
In honor of the 125th anniversary of American Rifleman, the following is an excerpt from the December, 1921 issue: Recent Developments in Autoloaders.
Don’t look now, but a brand-new 90-year-old gun company is reinventing itself. O.F. Mossberg & Sons has become a dynamo of innovation, far removed from the staid, stodgy pump-shotgun maker that you might have previously thought ofthe Connecticut-based manufacturer. Today’s Mossberg is not your great-grandfather’s Mossberg.