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.

Revolution In The Blood: Christopher Miner Spencer’s Coming Of Age

Christopher Miner Spencer became known as one of the greatest gun designers of his age, and his Spencer rifle was eventually fielded as one of the most advanced firearms employed during the Civil War. This is how he got started.

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.

I Have This Old Gun: Gwyn & Campbell Carbine

Because of timing, improvements in technology and no lack of inventive spirit, the American Civil War saw an array of armaments the variety and novelty of which were unsurpassed in earlier conflicts.

70 Years Of Service: The 1870/87/15 Vetterli-Vitali

While there are many military rifles that have seen extensive service, the Italian M1870/87/15 Vetterli-Vitali stands out as one of the longest-serving military rifles in any guise.

The U.S. Model 1855 Pistol Carbine

Adopted alongside the U.S. Model 1855 Rifle and Rifle-Musket, the Model 1855 Pistol Carbine mated a shoulder stock to a big-bore handgun. While soon rendered obsolete by better carbines, such as the Sharps, the M1855s saw service against the Apache and Cheyenne and in the American Civil War.

News Brief: EMF Celebrates 65th Anniversary

Early and Modern Firearms, a manufacturer of replica Western and Civil War era firearms, is celebrating its 65th anniversary in business.

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.

ARTV Preview: The Maxim Machine Gun, Taurus USA G3 T.O.R.O. and LeMat Revolver

In this week's episode of American Rifleman TV, we reach the end of our picks for the top 10 machine guns of all time with No.1, the Maxim gun, take a look at the Taurus USA G3 T.O.R.O. and examine the history of the Civil War-era LeMat revolver.

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