The Unlikely Story of the Billinghurst-Requa Battery Gun

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The Billinghurst-Requa battery gun is an unusual piece of armament that resulted from an equally unusual partnership between two men from New York: William Billinghurst, a gunsmith, and Josephus Requa,…

Ten Years Later: Reflections on the Virginia Tech Massacre

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On April 16, 2007, a disturbed individual walked onto the campus of Virginia Tech and killed 32 innocent people. Ten years later, I can still remember exactly how the hours…

A Firearm First: The Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr Anti-Tank Rifle

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As we begin the commemoration of the centennial of the United States’ involvement in WWI, let’s take a minute and look at a “firearm first” from that era. The Mauser…

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Early Caseless Ammo: The Rocket Ball

New York inventor Walter Hunt created many items we’re familiar with and still use today. Mr. Hunt patented the lockstitch sewing machine, fountain pen and safety pin. He also attempted to…

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Obscure Object of Desire: The Dardick ‘Tround’-Firing Open Chamber Gun

In August 1958, David Dardick received a patent for a magazine-fed revolver. His design featured a cylinder with openings on each exterior edge, creating U-shaped chambers instead of traditional O-shaped…

Secret Service Agent’s Small Revolver Has a Big History

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Born in New Jersey in 1926, Frank Slocum’s association with firepower began at Fort Monmouth where he sold newspapers to the troops. When he was 16, he moved to California…

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Thirsty? Wet Your Whistle With a Refreshing Colt 1851 Navy

  Sam Colt crossed paths with many politicians in his day. One in particular played a role in the development of an interesting accessory for his 1851 Navy revolvers. When…

From the Annals of Regulatory Adaptation: The California-Legal Inlander Arms Bolt Action GLOCK

California has long been home to onerous and unconstitutional weird and wacky gun laws. It’s rare that I hear about a new regulation in California that actually makes me do…

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In Search of the Perfect Holster

Recently, TTAG asked their Armed Intelligentsia, “How Do You Carry Your Gun?” As I read Robert’s post – and the responses from the AI – I began running through my…

Gear Review: GO-Magnets Gun Mounting Magnets

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There must be something to this internet advertising thing. I saw an ad on Facebook for gun magnets and actually clicked on their page to learn more about them. And…

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Book Review: Blue Book of Antique American Firearms & Values

Head to any gun show and you’ll see plenty well-worn copies of the Blue Book of Gun Values. While it gets updated every year (2017 is BBGV’s 38th year), people…

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Smith & Wesson Bolt Action Rifles, a Blast From the Past

For most of its history, Smith & Wesson had been known for producing high quality revolvers. When the polymer pistol craze began, S&W jumped on the bandwagon as well and,…