Top Five Guns of the National Sporting Arms Museum

The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum is nestled in the Bass Pro Shops flagship store in Springfield, MO. After ascending a staircase flanked by railings made of muskets, visitors enter a beautiful space filled with around 1,000 remarkable guns. Iin no particular order, here are my Top Five Guns of the NRA NSAM: Teddy Roosevelt’s […]

Top Five Guns of the National Firearms Museum

There are approximately 3,000 firearms on display at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. If you spent every minute of the 7.5 hours a day that the museum is open and tried to look at every gun on display, you’d only have, well, I’m not very good at math, but you wouldn’t have […]

Iver Johnson: What’s in a Serial Number?

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 what Iver Johnson did at one point in its history. Between 1909 and 1957, Iver Johnson – known for their inexpensive handguns – made a […]

.50 GI: .45 ACP’s Odd Cousin

  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 modifying M1911A1 pistols to shoot a new proprietary cartridge that they call .50 GI (for Guncrafter Industries, not government issue). Obviously, a standard 1911 isn’t […]

Lesser-Known Guns of the Wild West

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 these are accurate images, it isn’t a complete picture. Plenty of companies filled the niche market of inexpensive yet functional firearms. Not everyone decided to […]

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 his time (and money) on making a product with no purpose or demand. The question then became, is it any good? Henry makes these new […]

2017 NRA Annual Meeting Rare Guns: Ruger Edition

  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 help but be drawn to the rare and/or historic pieces. Here are some historic Rugers owned by both men after which the company was named. […]

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, a dentist. Before Josephus Requa settled on a profession, he spent three years as an apprentice to William Billinghurst learning how to make and repair […]

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 after learning what happened played out. I was a college freshman at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I was in the basement […]

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 1918 T-Gewehr rifle holds the distinction of being the first gun specifically designed to target tanks. Up until that point, tanks weren’t really a thing, […]

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 improve ammunition technology in the mid-19th century. His design, known as the Rocket Ball, proved to be far less successful than his other inventions. Patented […]