Obscure Object of Desire: The Soviet Stechkin

Developed in 1949, the Stechkin is a select-fire, straight blowback pistol in 9x18mm capable of firing 750 rounds per minute accurately out to a distance of 200 meters…or so it was claimed. Igor Stechkin, the inventor and namesake of the pistol, wasn’t a one-trick pony. In addition to this design, he created a variety of […]

A Wedding Present Fit for Royalty

Ernest Hemingway, George Eastman, Elmer Keith, Jimmy Stewart … and Princess Diana. While it may seem as though one of these things is not like the other, they all share a common bond: Guns made by Westley Richards & Company of Birmingham, England. It’s not uncommon to hear about someone getting a gun as a […]

The Baltimore Show: A Museum You Can Buy

The Maryland Arms Collectors Association has hosted the Baltimore Antique Arms Show each spring since 1954. Regarded as one of the premier events in the country, it is on the “gun bucket list” of most collectors. There’s lots to see among the show’s 1,000 tables … but there’s also lots that you won’t see. Looking […]

Martin Fry’s M1807/8 Flintlock Martial Pistol

While our country has had official arsenals for almost as long as we’ve been around (Springfield and Harpers Ferry were founded when George Washington was president), they didn’t always make all of the guns in-house. Often, the government contracted manufacture of the guns out to smaller, independent gunsmiths. Such was the case with the Model […]

Gear Review: CompMag California Compliant AR-15 Magazine

Americans are ingenious.That’s a well-known fact.Take just one look at the history of arms development in this country and it becomes easy to see what I’m talking about. As a wise man once said, you can’t stop the signal. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. You’d think the California gun-grabbers would have figured that out […]

War Planes Protected by Cartridge Catchers

Airplanes were still relatively new when they were pressed into service during World War I. Because of this, a number of hurdles had to be overcome to ensure that this new machine could become a weapon of war and not a casualty of war. The biggest hurdle became obvious right away . . . without an […]

World War One’s Pistol Periscope

World War I saw a great number of “firsts” in combat that needed to be addressed because conventional warfare had never dealt with such things before. Namely, this includes poison gas, tanks, airplanes, etc. Trench warfare was not new, but it certainly came of age during the “War to End All Wars.” Periscopes served a […]

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 […]