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Handgun Sights: Then & Now

Sights have changed a lot on handguns in the last 200 years. Wiley Clapp walks through what became important and why.

7 mm Mauser: History & Performance

One of the oldest centerfire cartridges still in use, the 7 mm Mauser has a rich history and still performs well when needed.

The Guns of Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims weren't buckle-hatted, black-clad figures wielding blunderbusses. Here are the guns they had with them at the first Thanksgiving.

Collier & Colt: The Origins of the Revolver

For years of writing about firearms, I had been working under an erroneous impression about the origins of the revolver. Really, credit should go to two men. Sam Colt and Elisha Collier.

1899: Year of the Browning Pistol

Today, the basic outline of the semi-automatic pistol is familiar, but that was not always the case. The “modern” Browning pistols actually began in 1899, and here is a look at some of the oldest and rarest.

High Standard: Gone But Not Forgotten

High Standard was a prominent company in the mid-20th century and had many great models, and those designs deserve to be remembered.

This Old Gun: Smith & Wesson .455 Hand Ejector

For many, the Smith & Wesson Triple Lock, also known as the Hand Ejector First Model, represents the epitome of the modern double-action revolver, even though it dates from 1908.

Merwin Hulbert & Co. Guns: Forgotten Western Revolvers

Merwin Hulbert revolvers were innovative in design and beautifully made, but the company was plagued by bad business decisions.

The Pedersen Device: A Secret Weapon of WWI

Though never used in combat, the innovative Pedersen Device was a potential solution to the horrors of trench warfare and a tribute to the genius of its designer.

Book Review: 'Winchester Model 1895–Last Of The Classic Lever Actions'

The collecting community has eagerly been waiting for a treatise on the Model 1895 for at least two generations. The first question that comes to my mind is what took so long?

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