first American rifles to employ telescopic sights in combat

​America’s First Sniper Rifle: The Telescopic-Sighted Krag-Jorgensen

The American Civil War was the first conflict in our nation’s history in which telescopic-sighted rifles were employed in combat to any appreciable extent. These muzzleloading, percussion rifles were fabricated by a number of civilian gunsmiths and gunsmithing firms, primarily for benchrest shooting matches.

Hunting Guns in Colonial America

Whether for protection on the frontier or for hunting in the backwoods, the smoothbore hunting gun played a pivotal role in times of peace and war in the American colonies.

Century Arms WASR-10: An Imported Romanian AK

Made by the Romanian Cugir Arms Factory and imported by Century Arms, the WASR-10 is a semi-automatic variation of the Kalashnikov design that's popular with today's shooters.

Marlin's Return Scheduled For The Holidays

Ruger reports that new Marlin firearms should be available in time for the 2021 holiday season.

Taurus GX4: Compact Carry That Doesn’t Break The Bank

Looking back through the history of concealed-carry pistol development, models stand out that exemplify a just-right balance of compact size, performance and price point, and the next gunmaker to throw its hat into that ring is Taurus Intl. Mfg. with the new-for-2021 model GX4.

I Have This Old Gun: Winchester Model 42 In .410 Bore

Watch this segment of American Rifleman Television's "I Have This Old Gun" to learn about the history of the Winchester Model 42 pump-action shotgun chambered in .410 bore.

Why You Should Shoot Your Collectable Firearms

There are many old and limited run firearms that have become collectables, but why should these firearms not be enjoyed or used for their intended purposes despite that? Rick Hacker explains here why you should shoot your collectible firearms. 

I Have This Old Gun: Beretta 92FS & M9 Handguns

Watch this segment of American Rifleman Television's "I Have This Old Gun" to learn about the history and development of the Beretta 92FS handgun, which was adopted by the U.S. military in 1985 as the M9 service pistol.

Rifleman Report: The Fundamental Nature Of Firearms

Some years ago, a colleague on the NRA Publications technical staff engaged me in a conversation about the fundamental nature of firearms, specifically challenging me to define “gun” in the simplest terms. And while my hastily offered answer was not particularly well-crafted, he didn’t dismiss it entirely.

Weatherby Mark V: History & Disassembly

The Weatherby Mark V represented a new direction for the company in 1954. While earlier Weatherbys had been built on outsourced actions, Weatherby now had its own proprietary design.

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