British Pattern 1851 “Minié” Rifle-Musket

I Have This Old Gun: British Pattern 1851 “Minié” Rifle Musket

Though its active official service life was less than a half-dozen years, Britain’s Pattern 1851 “Minié” rifle musket was an important step in the evolution of military longarms.

I Have This Old Gun: Colt 1878 Double-Action Revolver

Despite its success in the single-action revolver market, Colt fell behind when double-action revolvers became popular in the late 1870s. The Colt 1878 was a robust, large-frame revolver that would carry the company into the 20th century.

I Have This Old Gun: M1895 Nagant Revolver

In the 1890s, Imperial Russia embarked on an effort to modernize its military, adopting the M1891 Mosin-Nagant rifle and, later, the M1895 Nagant revolver. Unlike many other service revolvers of the time, the Nagant had a unique mechanism designed to get the most out of its cartridge.

I Have This Old Gun: Pattern 1851 Minié Rifle

Until the 1850s, the British military still used a large-caliber, smoothbore musket as its main infantry arm. That all changed with the introduction of the Pattern 1851 Minié Rifle.

I Have This Old Gun: Colt “American Railway Express” Police Positive

Colt's Positive Lock eventually gave rise to the Police Positive, which was introduced in 1907 with more than 750,000 were produced until production halted in 1995.

I Have This Old Gun: Savage Arms Model 1907

While Savage might be better known for its line of rifles, the company has made some stand-out handguns throughout its history. One such gun is the Model 1907.

I Have This Old Gun: Jacob's Double Rifle

In the annals of military arms, one of the more unique firearms considered for use is the Jacob double rifle, produced in Great Britain by Swinburn & Sons.

I Have This Old Gun: L.C. Smith No. 3E

Since its introduction in 1886, the L.C. Smith Hammerless has held the distinction of being the only side-by-side sidelock shotgun made in America, garnering legions of fans that encompass both shooters and collectors.

I Have This Old Gun: Schmeisser Model I

It’s unfortunate that Hugo Schmeisser’s renown comes from having his surname erroneously appended to the superb World War II German MP38/40 submachine gun, a firearm he really had nothing to do with.

I Have This Old Gun: Chinese JW-9 Target Rifle

Rimfire bolt-action rifles are often used to teach marksmanship skills and encourage participation in competitive shooting. The rifle pictured is an example from a place we don’t often associate with civilian marksmanship: China. In the 1950s, the communist Chinese government initiated an effort to encourage fitness and competitive sports.

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