James F. "Mace" Thompson, founder of Lyman Products, passed away on April 3 after a long battle with cancer.
Watch our NRA gun of the Week video examination of a second-generation bolt-action hunting rifle from Thompson/Center.
Swept into World War I in April 1917, the U.S. military desperately needed .45 ACP handguns. Both Colt and Smith & Wesson had existing revolver designs adopted as the Model of 1917, and they would go on to serve again during World War II.
The most famous rifle of D-Day—or at least the most memorable rifle of “The Longest Day”—wasn’t actually there. Lord Lovat did carry his Mannlicher-Schoenauer carbine in combat, however, and we can learn a lot about British and American guns used during World War II from his memoirs.
From Pearl Harbor until the Japanese surrender, the AN/M2 .50-cal. Browning machine gun served in the air, on land and at sea, and was a part of every major American battle in every theater of operations around the world. It was the unsung hero of American firepower during World War II.