In an effort to outdo Smith & Wesson’s fast-loading, top-break revolvers, Colt brought a solid-frame, swing-out-cylinder revolver to the market in 1889. Its initial models were large-frame handguns in .38 and .41 calibers designed for military use.
Virtually in a category by itself, Smith & Wesson’s new micro-compact CSX pistol re-defines what is possible when traditional ideas are pushed to the cutting edge.
Despite its fiendish name, the Springfield Armory Hellion exhibits friendly performance and has features sure to find favor with both right- and left-handed shooters who appreciate the bullpup design’s compact form factor.
More than 1.5 million SVT-40s were manufactured between 1940 and 1945, making it second only to the M1 Garand as World War II’s most-prolifically produced semi-automatic service rifle. Following the war, it was quickly replaced in Soviet service by the SKS and AK-47.
Winchester was one of the first manufacturers to jump into the low-cost bolt-action .22 market with its John Browning-designed Model 1900, a design that would carry on for subsequent generations of Winchester single-shot .22 rifles, including one of the most prolific, the Model 67.
Muzzleloading rifles and muskets using blackpowder are a fun and intriguing throw back to the earlier days of firearm technology, but also have a more involved process than simply loading a cartridge.