Made in Connecticut: Colt’s House Pistol

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Also known as the Colt Cloverleaf, the Colt House Pistol was a small 4-shot single-action revolver chambered for .41 short/long rimfire.  The image above is a typical example.

Made in Connecticut: Nutmeg Sporting Cartridge Ammo

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Connecticut has a long tradition of firearms manufacturing, starting with Eli Whitney’s gun factory in New Haven which was the birthplace of mass-produced firearms in America. The most recent addition…

Machine Pistols: A Pocketful of Rock & Roll

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There are handguns. There are submachineguns. In between those two classifications: the machine pistol. In theory, it’s a great concept: maximum firepower in minimum size. In practice . . .

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Obscure Object of Desire: Gepard GM6 .50 Caliber Heavy Sniper Rifle

According to the manufacturer’s website, “The Gepard GM6 ‘Lynx’ is a semi-automatic anti- material rifle. Thanks to the unique barrel recoil technology (SERO developed), the rifle’s recoil is less than…

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Personal Defense Weapons (PDW): A Solution in Search of a Problem?

Modern armies have faced a small dilemma: what should they use to arm personnel who are not fighting on the front line?  A full-size rifle is too big to let…

Scientific American: Socialism Stops Gun Deaths

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It’s not very scientific and it sure ain’t American. But John Horgan at scientificamerican.com just up and goes for it in a rant entitled A modest proposal for curbing homicides: Socialism….

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Quality – SIG SAUER and Kahr Arms

Two more brands to consider: SIG SAUER and Kahr Arms. Kahr is a relative newcomer to the gun scene. Founded by the son of the man who headed the Unification…

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Quality – Springfield XD and Smith & Wesson M & P

Next up – tracking the reliability of Springfield Armory’s XD/XDM family of pistols, and the Smith & Wesson Military & Police pistols.  Both are designed to compete with Glock, and…

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1911 Quality Pt. 2 – Short Guns and Other Calibers

Back in my original post about 1911 quality, I examined the reliability of full-size 1911s in .45 ACP. TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia posed questions about Commander and Officer-size 1911s, as well…

Obscure Object of Desire: Steyr M9 and M40

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When most firearms enthusiasts hear the name Steyr, they think of the AUG [above]. That’s only natural.  It is Steyr’s most memorable gun.  It cuts an instantly-recognizable profile. It screams “COOL”…

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Red-Dot Scopes – A New Standard?

Red-dot & reflex scopes are handy.  Highly-visible reticle, fast acquisition with both eyes open, great for low-light conditions.  Recently they have gotten even better, with adjustable reticle patterns, dual-color reticles,…

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Shooting Instructors (So to Speak): Jeff Cooper vs. Massad Ayoob

Most of us have seen the YouTube videos of “shooting instructors” doing questionable and dangerous things. What sane person would take a class with the guy who advocates running at…