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 […]

The Truth About Pistol De-Cockers

by Frank Sharpe There are a number of operating systems common to modern pistols, and we still see most on the range regularly. However, 85 percent of the guns students show up with fall into the polymer, striker-fired category. The last 15 percent feature other operating systems. These include 1911-style guns, a few other rarer […]

Obscure Object Of Desire: Engraved Mauser C-96

I recently found myself in Fredericksburg, Texas (a short drive from TTAG’s secret above ground bunker). I remembered a Jon Wayne Taylor article on a gun store in “Fritztown”: Texas Jack Wild West Outfitter. I decided to test my girlfriend’s patience and stop in. I’m glad I did . . . Texas Jack has an engraved pre-war […]

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 […]

School Shootings Increased after Federal Gun Bans

High school shooting teams are increasing again after decades of decline. They were common in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Increasing government and media hostility to private gun ownership caused a huge decrease in the teams from 1968 through the turn of the century. Now, though, their numbers are growing again. In fact one Wisconsin […]

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 […]

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