Christopher Miner Spencer C.M. Spencer portrait vintage overaly patent drawing rifle carbine gun

The Spencer Rifle: Christopher’s Legacy Design

This is the story of how Christopher Miner Spencer developed from boy-aged wood- and metalworker to legendary gunmaker, ultimately spurring a new era in American firearm history.

Rifleman Q&A: Austrian Arms At Gettysburg

I need to identify this rifle. It is approximately a .71-cal. smoothbore musket fitted with a sling attachment on the trigger guard, but no forward sling attachment.

Rifleman Q&A: 'Potsdam' Muskets

During the American Civil War, thousands of muskets came to U.S. shores imported by both the North and South, and some of them were referred to as "Potsdam" muskets.

Rifleman Q&A: An Auger Gun In The Civil War?

From the archives of American Rifleman, read about Wilson Ager's "Coffee Mill Gun" from the June 2004 magazine.

This Old Gun: Pattern 1853 Enfield

Simply put, the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket, along with its variants, is one of the most important firearms of the 19th century.

This Old Gun: Pattern 1856 'Enfield' Cavalry Carbine

In the 1850s, Britain’s military, like others in Europe and the New World, realized that breech-loading arms were the wave of the future and began experimenting with various systems—primarily with which to arm its mounted troops.

Rifleman Q & A: Civil War Import

I’ve acquired an interesting firearm and need help finding more information about it, since my library searches have yielded limited results.

Colt's New Model Holster Pistol in the Civil War

Though its first deliveries were to the South, it was also the handgun most used by Federal cavalry.

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