“A gun is to shoot anyway, he thought, not to be preserved in a case, and this was a really good rifle, easy to shoot, easy to teach anyone to shoot with, and handy on the boat. He had always had more confidence shooting it, as to being able to place his shots at close and moderate range, than any other rifle he had ever owned and it made him happy to pull it out of the case now and pull back the bolt and shove a shell into the breech.” —Ernest Hemingway, Islands in the Stream
It’s one of the most famous trademarks in the firearm world—a rectangular banner with “Mauser” at its center. The company started using the logo in 1909, and it appeared on such famous guns as C96 “Broomhandle” pistols, interwar Oberndorf sporting rifles and on an export rifle called the “Standard Modell,” which would become known in collecting circles as the “Mauser Banner.”
Despite the failed fortunes of its former manufacturers, the AR-7 rifle remains in production after nearly 60 years. It is certainly one of the most unique rimfire survival guns ever designed—with a developmental and service history that is full of surprises.
A last-ditch design has turned into one of the most iconic firearms of the 20th century, the Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun. For those of us in the civilian world who want to buy into that history, technology and reputation, H&K offers the SP5K.
Heckler & Koch’s MP5 is one of the world’s great submachine guns. But the high price of fully-automatic originals has kept them out of the hands of all but the well-heeled. So wouldn’t it be nice if there were an authentic, semi-automatic pistol version at a price that didn’t break the bank?
Amongst the prototypes and production models of the AR-5 and AR-7, the author discovered a full-sized plastic replica of the Strategic Air Command’s (SAC) survival rifle, a little-known relic of ArmaLite history and a throwback to a time when guns joined cars and airplanes on the shelves of model stores.
No, it’s not a 10/22. It’s a 44 Carbine, the design that fathered not only the 10/22, but Ruger’s entire line of rifles. Sturm, Ruger & Co. got its start making handguns, and was close behind Smith & Wesson when it added a .44 Magnum revolver to its lineup in 1956.
You can learn a lot about your family history through “gun genealogy”—the firearms your ancestors owned and passed down and the stories that go along with them.