Harvard and Yale Continue 125+ Year Shooting Rivalry

Harvard and Yale have long been rivals in many ways. One that doesn’t often come to mind is the rivalry between their shooting teams. While little known, it has a long history: both schools founded shooting clubs within a few years of each other in the early 1880s. Within a decade, headlines regarding match results […]

Gun Review: Colt 1911 Government Series 80 .45 ACP

On March 29, 1911, Lt. Col. John T. Thompson of the U.S. Ordnance Department sent a letter to Colt’s in Hartford, Connecticut. The purpose was to inform them that the military testing held at Springfield Armory just two weeks prior had concluded and John Moses Browning’s 1911 design produced by Colt had come out on […]

Gun Review: Del-Ton Sport Lite AR-15 Rifle

The AR-15 market has never given buyers more choices than it does now. The number of companies making them is virtually countless. Price points are equally plentiful, which means that anyone and everyone can afford to own one. With so many options out there, how does one get started without spending a fortune? There are […]

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 […]