One Millionth Garand Sets a New Record Sale Price

Rock Island Auction Company is no stranger to record-setting Garand rifles with big histories and impressive serial numbers. In 2015, they sold “Shop Model” Garand s/n 7 for $97,750 and President Kennedy’s rifle for $149,500. The following year, Garand prototype T3E2 s/n 15 sold for $172,500 which, at the time, was the highest price ever […]

The Pistols of the Hamilton-Burr Duel

Perhaps the most famous duel of all time occurred between former Secretary of the Treasury and retired two-star Army general Alexander Hamilton and the then-current Vice President Aaron Burr. The Albany Register published a letter believed to have been written by Hamilton in which Burr was referred to as “despicable.” Burr took offense and challenged […]

Logan Metesh Talks Guns & Museums with Gun Freedom Radio

Last week, TTAG writer Logan Metesh was interviewed by Cheryl and Dan Todd of Gun Freedom Radio. The focus of the interview was about the importance of firearms on display in museums. Because they’re a “hot button” item, firearms are guaranteed to trigger (no pun intended) an emotional response from visitors. That response leads (hopefully) […]

I’m Stumped: What the Heck Is It?

I’ve always been a fan of “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS. From time to time, a firearm will pop up on the program, but they are few and far between. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to take High Caliber History LLC on the road to Top Gun Shooting Sports in Taylor, MI, for an event I call “Gun-Tiques […]

My Quest to Find Old Guns in Old Homes

Known as “The Oldest House in St. Augustine,” the González-Alvarez House dates to 1723. It’s an impressive yet simple structure that blends its original Spanish architecture with English influences as it changed hands over the years. Being both an enthusiast of historic homes and antique arms, I had hoped to be able to combine both of my interests at […]

“UNITED STATES” Arms in 1776

The American Revolution was already well under way when the delegates to the Continental Congress officially declared independence on July 4, 1776. Months before in the spring of ’76, a shortage of arms was apparent. This was caused by a variety of factors including lack of maintenance, a shortage of field armorers to make repairs, […]

Logan Metesh Has Colt Python Serial Numbers 2, 3 and 5

Josh Wayner didn’t get a lot of argument yesterday when he pronounced the .357 Magnum one of the most effective and versatile rounds ever invented. And while there are plenty of great Ruger and Smith & Wesson revolvers out there chambered for the .357 (I have a couple of K and N frame examples that […]

Military Contracts And The Kaiser’s Custom Mannlicher M1899

The late 19th century saw the beginning of the semi-automatic era. Countless makers came up with untold designs, all striving to create a more perfect pistol. In 1898, Austrian Ferdinand Mannlicher had designed a new 7.65mm semi-automatic pistol that utilized a wrap-around cover plate to protect its lockworks. By 1899, the design included a large […]

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