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The East German Makarov: A Cold-War Collectible

The Cold War-era Makarov is a common pistol, but within the hundreds of thousands made, the East German variants are the most desirable.

This Old Gun: L2A3 Sterling SMG

Needing to replace its Sten submachine gun following World War II, the British military contracted with Sterling Armament Co. for its L2A3 SMG.

The Mauser C96: A Look Back

In this installment of "A Look Back," we're checking out the Mauser C96 "Broomhandle," one of the earliest semi-automatic handguns.

The Keefe Report: Return of the 5.7x28 mm FN Cartridge

The process for bringing a new editor onto the staff of American Rifleman usually involves reviewing previous written work, various tests of editing skill and firearm knowledge, then, of course, interviews.

I Have This Old Gun: American Eagle Luger

Anyone wandering the complex labyrinth of Luger collecting will inevitably come across the “American Eagle” variation and might wonder how a German pistol used against our troops in two world wars could be decorated with a United States crest.

A Look Back at the Heckler & Koch MP5

Some call it the Cadillac of submachine guns; others christen it the Rolls Royce of buzz guns. Whatever you call it, there is no doubt the Heckler & Koch MP5 is one of the most highly engineered and sophisticated bullet hoses ever designed.

Tested: FN’s 509 Tactical Pistol

Inspired by the U.S. Army’s XM17 pistol trials, the FN 509 Tactical brings well-thought-out features to the highly competitive commercial market—including an optics-ready slide, a suppressor-ready barrel, excellent ergonomics and unfailing reliability.

M1152 & M1153: The Army’s New 9 mm Luger Loads

While much ink has been spilled on the “kinetic platform” (what most of us would call a “pistol”), when it comes to the adoption of the M17 MHS, there is one aspect that has not received much attention—the ammunition.

In the Company of Soldiers: The U.S. M17 & M18 Modular Handgun Systems

The U.S. Army adopted a new semi-automatic pistol, the M17 as made by SIG Sauer, in 2017. Now, with production well under way, the guns are serving with American soldiers all over the world.

“Known But To God”: The Unknown Soldier and the U.S.S. Olympia

The Unknown Soldier is guarded by the Sentinels of the 3rd U.S. Infantry day and night. The sergeant of the guard has an M17 pistol with wood stocks from the U.S.S. Olympia. Here’s why—and the story of the man who brought the Unknown Soldier home.

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