Iver Johnson: What’s in a Serial Number?

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We’ve all seen serial numbers that include letters either as a prefix or a suffix. However, have you seen a serial “number” that is all letters instead? Well, that’s exactly…

.50 GI: .45 ACP’s Odd Cousin

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  Question: “Why do you carry a .45?” Answer: “Because they don’t make a .50.” Well, that answer doesn’t hold water, and hasn’t since 2004. Thirteen years ago, Arkansas-based Guncrafter Industries began…

Lesser-Known Guns of the Wild West

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When thinking about guns of the Wild West, you can’t help but conjure up images of lawmen and outlaws armed with firearms made by Colt, Remington, and Smith & Wesson. While…

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Gun Review: Henry Lever Action .410 Shotgun

When I heard that Henry Repeating Arms was introducing a lever action .410 shotgun, my first thought was, “Why?” I eventually came to a simple conclusion: Henry jefe Anthony Imperato wouldn’t waste…

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Idris Elba’s ‘Dark Tower’ Remington New Model Army Reload: Fact or Fiction?

Over the past few days, I’ve seen references to The Dark Tower and firearms popping up in my social media feeds. They’ve been talking about the epic reload of a…

2017 NRA Annual Meeting Rare Guns: Ruger Edition

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  One of my favorite sections of the NRA’s Annual Meetings & Exhibits is Collectors Row. Sure, I enjoy seeing all of the new guns and gear, but I can’t…

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The Unlikely Story of the Billinghurst-Requa Battery Gun

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,…

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Ten Years Later: Reflections on the Virginia Tech Massacre

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…

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

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…

Early Caseless Ammo: The Rocket Ball

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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…

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Secret Service Agent’s Small Revolver Has a Big History

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…