Two colt revolver left-side view with grips stocks wood removed signify size difference compatibility.

Rifleman Q&A: Short Or Long Frame Colt Stocks?

There is a definite difference between “long frame” and “short frame” Colt Detective Special stocks. Read on:

The Lore & Lure Of The Lone Star State: Collecting Texas Guns

Firearm collecting has many facets and variations to its interests, but sometimes an association to a place can be enough to drive up the premium on some guns. This is the case with firearms associated with Texas, explored here by Rick Hacker.

Striking Silver: Henry Repeating Arms Celebrates 25 Years

The Henry name will forever be associated with the Old West, but its reputation continues to grow today through a modern company that places a priority on the quintessentially American lever-action.

This Old Gun: Uberti Sharps 1A Derringer Replica

Christian Sharps is probably best remembered for his famous Sharps falling-block, breechloading, single-shot rifle, which he patented on Sept. 12, 1848. But a little more than a year later, on Dec. 18, 1849, he also patented an equally innovative four-barreled derringer.

I Have This Old Gun: Colt 'Baby Dragoon' 1848 Pocket Pistol

In the mid-19th century—just as in today’s world—citizens were clamoring for a concealable, reliable and affordable handgun. Ironically, inspired by the acceptance of his massive .44-cal. 1847 Walker and First Model 1848 Dragoon, the enterprising Sam Colt sensed an opportunity.

Why You Should Shoot Your Collectible Firearms

There are many old and limited run firearms that have become collectables, but why should these firearms not be enjoyed or used for their intended purposes despite that? Rick Hacker explains here why you should shoot your collectible firearms. 

This Old Gun: Model 1860 Henry Rifle

Although he probably didn’t plan it, when New England shirtmaker Oliver Fisher Winchester acquired the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. in 1857 and re-named it the New Haven Arms Co., he ended up dramatically altering firearm technology, helped settle the American West and subsequently created a legacy that continues to this day.

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.

Colt 1871-72 Open Top: The Revolver That Begat The Single Action Army

Though largely forgotten and scarce today, the Colt 1871-72 "Open Top" revolvers represented an evolution in design for Colt, and ultimately paved the way for the Colt to transition from the cap-and-ball era to the cartridge era of the Single Action Army.

The Immortal Winchester Model 94: From The 19th Into The 21st Century

Since its invention at the end of the 19th century, the Winchester Model 1894 lever-action rifle design has become an iconic American firearm that is still produced and celebrated to this day.

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