The Baltimore Show: A Museum You Can Buy

The Maryland Arms Collectors Association has hosted the Baltimore Antique Arms Show each spring since 1954. Regarded as one of the premier events in the country, it is on the “gun bucket list” of most collectors. There’s lots to see among the show’s 1,000 tables … but there’s also lots that you won’t see. Looking […]

Martin Fry’s M1807/8 Flintlock Martial Pistol

While our country has had official arsenals for almost as long as we’ve been around (Springfield and Harpers Ferry were founded when George Washington was president), they didn’t always make all of the guns in-house. Often, the government contracted manufacture of the guns out to smaller, independent gunsmiths. Such was the case with the Model […]

Gear Review: CompMag California Compliant AR-15 Magazine

Americans are ingenious. That’s a well-known fact.Take just one look at the history of arms development in this country and it becomes easy to see what I’m talking about. As a wise man once said, you can’t stop the signal. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. You’d think the California gun-grabbers would have figured that […]

War Planes Protected by Cartridge Catchers

Airplanes were still relatively new when they were pressed into service during World War I. Because of this, a number of hurdles had to be overcome to ensure that this new machine could become a weapon of war and not a casualty of war. The biggest hurdle became obvious right away . . . without an […]

World War One’s Pistol Periscope

World War I saw a great number of “firsts” in combat that needed to be addressed because conventional warfare had never dealt with such things before. Namely, this includes poison gas, tanks, airplanes, etc. Trench warfare was not new, but it certainly came of age during the “War to End All Wars.” Periscopes served a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gun Review: Henry Lever Action .410 Shotgun

When I heard that Henry Repeating Arms was introducing a lever action .410 shotgun, my first thought was, “Why?” I eventually came to a simple conclusion: Henry jefe Anthony Imperato wouldn’t waste his time (and money) on making a product with no purpose or demand. The question then became, is it any good? Henry makes these new […]

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