45 ACP M1911

The .45 ACP: History & Performance

Spurred by the need for a more powerful cartridge from the experiences of the Moro Rebellion in the Philippines, the .45 ACP has enjoyed extensive popularity in both military and commercial circles for more than a century.

Rossi's Model R92: A Popular Brazilian-Made Lever-Action

The Rossi USA R92 line—based on the Winchester Model 1892—continues that tradition with versions that satisfy everyone from traditionalists who insist on the warmth of wood, to gun owners who demand modern touches.

Ruger's 'New' Vaquero: The Wiley Clapp Review

When re-introduced in 2005, after a short production pause, the new Vaquero marked a return to the smaller and lighter single-actions Bill Ruger built in the ’50s and ’60s. Many shooters prefer them for their speedier handling, and the latest gun has an improved action and finish.

NRA Gun Of The Week: Davidson's Exclusive Pietta 1873 RIO

Watch American Rifleman on the range this week with a limited-edition Pietta 1873 single-action revolver made exclusively for Davidson's Gallery of Guns.

The Smith & Wesson Governor: A Versatile Z-Frame Revolver

When Smith & Wesson introduced the Governor in 2011, the concept of a revolver capable of chambering shotshells wasn’t groundbreaking. The new entry from a legendary maker, however, quickly caught media attention at the SHOT Show that year and for some good reasons.

Cowboy Action Shooting With Trail Boss Smokeless Powder

This feature article, “From The Loading Bench: IMR Trail Boss Smokeless Powder,” appeared originally in the July 2005 issue of American Rifleman. Trail Boss gunpowder is currently a Hodgdon Powder Company brand.

NRA Gun Of The Week: Henry Big Boy Color Case Hardened Side Gate

On this week’s “Gun of the Week” video preview, American Rifleman staff examines a lever-action repeater from Henry Repeating Arms featuring a color-case-hardened steel frame, a side loading gate and removable magazine tube.

New For 2022: Taylor's & Company Gunfighter Defender

The Gunfighter Defender revolver from Taylor's & Company blends features from the company's Gunfighter single-action with its Runnin' Iron hammer and an 1860 Army grip.

This Old Gun: United States Patent Fire Arms 'Tombstone' Buntline

Normally, 19th century firearm replicas never come close to achieving the value of the originals they emulate. One of the few exceptions is the Single Action Army replicas built by the United States Fire Arms Mfg. Co.

The .454 Casull: History and Performance

Based off the .45 Colt with twice the velocity, for the past six decades the .454 Casull cartridge has gained popularity for its power and has grown into a plentiful chambering option for magnum revolver enthusiasts. 

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