Left-side view side-by-side shotgun on wood table with quail birds ammunition

Hammer Guns: Classic Sporting Tools

From about 1880 ’till the beginning of World War I,  so-called “contract guns” were sold as house brands by scores of hardware and sporting-goods dealers under the names of gun companies that never existed except on paper—an external hammer shotgun can be a thing of beauty or a disaster waiting to happen. 

I Have This Old Gun: Enfield No. 5 Mk 1 "Jungle Carbine"

The No. 5 “Jungle Carbine” remains one of the more popular and recognizable models in the Enfield line. Find out what this particular gun in NRA Excellent condition is worth.

Throwback Thursday: Firearms of Yesterday, The Lost Masterpiece

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the May 1924 issue, a collector shares a story of the gun that got away.

Guns Past

There is definitely some nostalgia that defies logic when it comes to fine examples of historic firearms and their abilities. However, they really don’t make them like they used to.

I Have This Old Gun: Colt Navy Thompson

I Have This Old Gun: Colt Navy Thompson

Too Valuable for the Safe

An abused J. Stevens single-shot, break-open 12-gauge holds of place of honor today, and receives more attention than the SIG Sauer M400, Beretta Storm Carbine, Kimber 84 and Remington 700 that share the vault.

Antique Guns & Gold

Lots of folks have old guns hiding in the back of their safe. Whether it's a family heirloom that's been passed down for generations or something they stumbled across at shop a few decades earlier, it inevitably leads to one question: What's it worth? Attendees of the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits had a chance to find out just that, thanks to the National Firearms Museum.

Cowboy Collecting

From just before the American Civil War to just after the turn of the century, America underwent a westward expansion unparalleled in history.

The Factory Letter

Any good (or better) quality handgun from Colt or Smith & Wesson probably deserves a so-called “factory letter” to go with it.


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