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.
I Have This Old Gun: Colt Military 1908 Pocket Hammerless
Think of a semi-automatic pistol issued to U.S. military personnel during World War II, and the Model 1911A1 immediately comes to mind. But like the M1911A1, the Colt 1908 Pocket Hammerless was drafted from peacetime to wartime service.
I Have This Old Gun: Terry Carbine
One of the most interesting, and short-lived, breechloading designs of the mid-19th century is the Terry carbine, produced by the firm of Calisher & Terry. Despite its novel mechanism, the carbine didn't survive the transition to the metallic-cartridge era.
I Have This Old Gun: U.S. Army M1871 Rolling Block
Some officials taken with the strength and efficiency of the Remington Rolling Block succumbed to the arm’s siren call and, using barrels recovered from U.S. Model 1861 and 1863 rifle-muskets, mated them to Remington actions. The results were promising.
I Have This Old Gun: FÉG PA-63
Engineers at the Fémáru és Szerszámgépgyár NV (Metal Products and Machine Tool Factory Company) in Budapest developed a military-appropriate sidearm by combining the R-61’s lightweight alloy frame with a 4" barrel in 9 mm Makarov, which is how the PA-63 was born.
I Have This Old Gun: Maynard Carbine
Six years after his tape primer’s appearance, Dr. Maynard debuted a unique drop-barrel carbine. It was light, simple and easy to operate. One merely lowered a lever to permit the gun’s barrel to tilt downward off the frame and expose the chamber.
I Have This Old Gun: Winchester Model 12 Riot Gun
Like its exposed-hammer predecessor, the Model 1897, the Winchester Model 12 transitioned from peacetime popularity to wartime warrior and back again. The Model 12’s journey from battlefields to hunting fields and trap and skeet ranges spanned more than 50 years.
I Have This Old Gun: Remington Model 51
One of only three semi-automatic pistol models ever manufactured by Remington, the Model 51 was first offered to the public in September 1919 in .380 Remington Autoloading Cartridge.
I Have This Old Gun: Colt Police Positive Target (Second Issue)
In an effort to outdo Smith & Wesson’s fast-loading, top-break revolvers, Colt brought a solid-frame, swing-out-cylinder revolver to the market in 1889. Its initial models were large-frame handguns in .38 and .41 calibers designed for military use.
I Have This Old Gun: Type 22 Murata Rifle
Until the mid-19th century, Japan was a feudal society living in self-imposed isolation. Excepting a controlled, limited relationship with Portuguese traders, contact with the West was considered anathema by the Japanese rulers.