Obscure Object of Desire: AA-12 Atchisson Assault Shotgun

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In a comment under my recent article about the USAS-12 automatic shotgun, a reader mentioned the Atchisson Assault Shotgun. He wanted to know if TTAG could fill him in on…

Obscure Object of Desire: USAS-12 Automatic Shotgun

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On January 9, 1989, John Trevor, Jr. submitted a patent application for a new shotgun. The application simply called it a “high volume automatic and semi-automatic firearm.” To expound on…

NRA Museums: How to Care for Your Collectible Firearm

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Looking back at 30 years with the National Rifle Association and being responsible for a collection of thousands of historic firearms can give one a different perspective when it comes…

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Confederate Revolvers: Thomas W. Cofer

Guns made by Portsmouth, Virginia-based Thomas W. Cofer are some of the rarest examples of Confederate revolvers. Based on the Whitney Navy, estimates put total production numbers somewhere between 86…

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Confederate Revolvers: J. H. Dance & Brothers

Revolvers made by Dance are some of the most distinctive guns to come out of the south. While they are copied from the Colt Dragoon, they differ in a very…

Confederate Revolvers: Spiller and Burr

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The Spiller and Burr factory was originally established in Richmond, Virginia, as the brainchild of wealthy businessmen Edward Spiller and David Burr, along with firearms expert James Burton. Burr was…

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Confederate Revolvers: Griswold and Gunnison

Before the Civil War, Samuel Griswold was a successful businessman, having found a good living making cotton gins. Business was so good that he purchased 4,000 acres outside of Macon,…

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Building a Better Bullet

  Just as we continue to try to perfect projectiles in the 21st century, the same was true back in the 19th century. Buck-and-ball fired from a shotgun allowed the…

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Guns of the OSS: The High Standard HDM

  Many of James Bond’s gadgets are pure fantasy, but some of them are rooted in aspects of reality. Some real life examples of similar objects were used during World…

Before the Guns: Ruger’s Hand Drill

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When you think of Ruger, you immediately think of drills and other hardware tools you would find in your toolbox, right? No? Well, that could have been the path Ruger…

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Evolution of the Winchester Lever-Action Rifle

By T. Logan Metesh Unless you’re a lifelong student of them, it can be hard to keep all of the details of the Winchester lever-action rifles straight. So, here’s a…

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Ed McGivern’s Fast & Fancy Shooting

When the October 1974 issue of American Rifleman came out, featuring a cover story on Ed McGivern to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, it would have a lasting…

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