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This Old Gun: Pre-War Colt National Match

This particular pre-World War II Colt M1911 in .45 ACP pistol came with adjustable sights, marked “National Match," a factory-honed action, match-grade barrel and is in very good condition.

Rifleman Q&A: Colt Derringer

My great grandfather carried this Colt swing-open derringer for years. Is this a real Colt or a reproduction?

Rifleman Q&A: When To Replace Recoil Springs?

Would you please offer general suggestions as to the signs which indicate impending replacement of a recoil spring?

Heckler & Koch's USP Tactical: The Wiley Clapp Review

The USP Tactical is a big, raw-boned brute of a sidearm. It sits big in your hand and takes a fat magazine of those chunky cartridges that Americans have been using for almost a century. An accurate pistol with subtly effective lockwork, this H&K is a pistol that I can recommend to you.

Rifleman Q&A: 8 mm Mauser 'Exercise' Cartridges

I would very much appreciate it if you could identify the origin and purpose of the cartridges shown in these photos. The bullets appear to be wooden, and all of the cases are primed.

Rifleman Q&A: Augusta Arsenal M1A1 Rework

My question concerns the arsenal stamping “AAL” on the left side above the pistol grip. “AA” should stand for Augusta Arsenal, but what does the “L” signify?

Federal Fusion: Inside The Bonded Rifle Bullet

While it has all the technology and history of Federal and Speer behind it, the Fusion line of factory ammunition is a standalone line of centerfire rifle ammo.

Rifleman Q&A: Firearms Int'l Corp. Mausers?

I purchased two Belgian-made FN Mauser actions many years ago. They have consecutive serial numbers. I have been unable to ascertain even an approximate date of manufacture. The importer at the time was “Firearms International Corp.” When were they made?

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.

Supreme Versatility: The 12-Gauge Shotshell

From petite 12-ga., 2" shells all the way up to the artillery-like 3 1⁄2" magnums, the 12 gauge is an extremely versatile chambering that can, literally, do it all.

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