Smith & Wesson Bolt Action Rifles, a Blast From the Past

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For most of its history, Smith & Wesson had been known for producing high quality revolvers. When the polymer pistol craze began, S&W jumped on the bandwagon as well and,…

An Old Warhorse Rides Again: Faithfully Restoring a K98k Mauser

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Because of my involvement in the Civilian Marksmanship Program sports and similar hobbies surrounding old military rifles I often find myself in an ethical debate with my fellow competitors and…

Confederate Revolvers: Thomas W. Cofer

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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…

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Confederate Revolvers: Spiller and Burr

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…

Confederate Revolvers: Griswold and Gunnison

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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…