From the archives of American Rifleman, read about legendary gunmaker Cecil Brooks, who will forever be revered for his humble nature, exquisite skill and devotion to American freedoms. As Charlton Heston said upon receiving a Brooks rifle in 1989: "From my cold dead hands!"
Melvin Johnson believed Garand's mainstream design to be flawed and reasoned that a handier gun might appeal to the Dutch. His unique M1941 rifle went on to inspire the likes of Eugene stoner, among others, yet garnered very little U.S. military acceptance at the time.
In 2002, Smith & Wesson developed the .500 S&W Magnum, the most powerful handgun round in the world. Here's how it was done.