19th Century “Milspec” Was Anything But

By the middle of the 19th century, arms production in the United States was changing. The concept of interchangeable parts had become the primary goal at the Federal armories. If this was to be achieved, then a set of agreed upon design parameters had to be established. Unfortunately, production standards varied widely in previous decades. […]

Dream Gun: The Smith & Wesson Registered Magnum

When Smith & Wesson introduced the now-legendary Registered Magnum in 1935, the United States was in the middle of the Great Depression. Even so, that didn’t stop them from offering what was their most expensive revolver to date. The entire gun was a custom order. You chose the barrel length (anything between 3 1/2″ and […]

John Garand’s Need for Speed

In the waning days of 1928, John C. Garand filed a patent application for a “High Speed Firing Mechanism.” At the same time, he was working diligently at Springfield Armory in Massachusetts, developing the rifle that would soon bear his name. The patent, which was granted in November 1930 and assigned to the Lyman Gun […]

Wright Arms Company ‘Little All Right’ Palm Pistol

Easy-to-conceal palm pistols were all the rage during the last quarter of the 19th century. Numerous companies produced countless variations of very similar designs. One design was, however, quite different from the rest. Enter the “Little All Right” by the Wright Arms Co. of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Patented in 1876 by Edward Boardman and Andrew Peavey, […]

Historic Cost of Doing Business: Smith & Wesson

Horace Smith and Daniel Baird Wesson officially began Smith & Wesson on November 18, 1856. Company records in possession of Smith & Wesson historian Roy Jinks reveal what it cost to get the company up and running.   Mr. Smith contributed $1,663 and Mr. Wesson contributed $2,003.68. Why the amounts are odd numbers is anyone’s […]

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) […]

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