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A Look Back at the Weatherby Rifle

While businesses evolve with marketplace changes, Weatherby adapts modern demands to a remarkably successful product line.

A Look Back at the Thompson Submachine Gun

There is only a limited supply of Thompsons left, and fewer yet that can be fired. Learn the history of this iconic submachine gun.

A Look Back at the .44 Special

As the 20th century was about to debut, the brass at Smith & Wesson decided on a new double-action revolver design called the Hand Ejector Model. More powerful cartridges were in high demand so the company developed a solid frame with a swing-out cylinder to replace its top-break double actions.

A Look Back at the ArmaLite AR-18/180

There is a small, but dedicated, cult market for the AR-18 rifle, which appears to be fueled by the lack of availability.

A Look Back at the Marlin Model 1895

This firearm has the rare distinction of being two separate and different rifles with the same model number.

A Look Back at the Smith & Wesson Model 19

When Smith & Wesson changed from names to model numbers in 1957, the Combat Magnum was given the Model 19 designation.

A Look Back at the M14 Rifle

As World War II was winding down, armorers and inventors took a look at what was being used by U.S. servicemen and how to improve those tools.

A Look Back at the Walther PP

In 1929, Walther succeeded in producing a workable single-/double-action (DA/SA) fire-control mechanism, bringing out the Model PP (Polizeipistole or police pistol).

A Look Back at the SKS-45 Rifle

The SKS-45 rifle will never win any beauty contests, nor will it be the basis for a fine sporting rifle. But it represents a seminal moment in firearms design whereby function leads form.

A Look Back at the Smith & Wesson 22/32 Kit Gun

In 1936 Smith & Wesson introduced a 22/32 revolver with a 4" barrel—the Kit Gun—meant that its intent was to be carried within one’s kit as they traveled around the backcountry and streams.

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