Throwback Thursday: Marksmanship and National Defense

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the October 1960 issue, Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer, the then-newly designated Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stresses the importance of marksmanship training for all American citizens who would be subject to service in the event of war.

Throwback Thursday: Pistol Shooting

William Ewart Fairbairn—best known for the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife—was one of the pioneers of gunfighting with the “one-hand gun.” In this article from The American Rifleman, March 1927—one of the primary documents of combat pistolcraft—Fairbairn sets out the philosophy and techniques he developed when he was with the Shanghai Police. Lessons he learned on the mean streets of Shanghai were taught to British Commandoe and SOE operatives, as well as Americans in the Office of Strategic Services—including Col. Rex Applegate.

American Rifleman Archives: Editorial—The Mentally Ill

For nearly half-a-century NRA has urged Congress to study the question of mental illness. This American Rifleman editorial dates to 1966, and the questions it raises are still valid today. “Elimination of the instrument by which these crimes are committed cannot arrest the ravages of a psychotic murderer.”

American Rifleman Archives: Aimpoint Electronic Sight

From the May 1978 American Rifleman: Optical sights which present an illuminated dot on the same visual plane as the target image are not new. Examples, other than the Aimpoint, are the Oxford Gunsight and the Weaver Quik-Point which were discussed earlier in the American Rifleman.

Handgunning in the 1920s: The Techniques of W.E. Fairbairn

William Ewart Fairbairn—best known for the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife—was one of the pioneers of gunfighting with the “one-hand gun.” In this article, Fairbairn sets out the philosophy and techniques he developed when he was with the Shanghai Police.

Rifleman Q&A: Curious Semi-Automatic Mauser?

A reader writes American Rifleman regarding a curious 8 mm Mauser similar in design to the M1 Garand that appears well-made.

Rifleman Q&A: ’03 Springfield Sight Settings

From the American Rifleman archives, NRA member writes Dope Bag questioning adjusting the M1905 adjustable sight issued with the U.S. Caliber .30-06, Model 1903 Springfield rifle.

Rifleman Q&A: Bullet & Primer Sealant

From the archives of American Rifleman, one NRA member questions the importance of the colorful or black-colored paint-like coating around the cartridge necks and primer pockets of surplus ammunition.

Weatherby's Vanguard: The Company's Most Popular Bolt Action

Decades after Roy Weatherby put his time, money and life’s work into making rifles and cartridges, the Weatherby Vanguard, formerly a bit player in the Weatherby saga, has risen to become the firm’s most popular rifle—and with good reason.

Throwback Thursday: The Improved .45 Pistol

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the May 1924 issue, Major Lee O. Wright discusses the improvements Colt had just made to its "Automatic Pistol, Model of 1911."

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