This year marks the 150th celebration of your National Rifle Association. In celebration, and to learn more about your NRA, take a look back at the cover of the October 1943 American Rifleman featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning staff artist Jim Berryman and a 1945 letter from the White House.
Not only was the Marlin Model 39 lever-action .22-cal. rifle a popular rimfire for the commercial market of its day, it even had a small role in the events of one World War II battlefield.
Over the time that I worked as a police officer and then as a gunwriter, I have informally tried to determine where, when and by whom fighting pistolcraft began.