Colt Single Action Army revolver

Gun Review: Colt Single Action Army Revolver in .45 Colt

By Virgil Caldwell Colt enjoys perhaps the greatest name recognition of any gun maker. Iconic handguns and the uses they have been put to in times of war and trouble are part of the reason....
AMT Backup 380

Obscure Object of Desire: AMT Backup 380 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Way back when the ultra-small handgun market seemed to be dominated by the J-frame revolver. The small .380 semi-automatic seemed to barely be a thing. Of course, classics like the Walther PPK and PPK/S...
Karabiner 98k Mauser

An Old Battle Rifle Rides Again: Faithfully Restoring a Karabiner 98k Mauser

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 enthusiasts. In a loud...

What’s So Special About .38 Special?

David Tong writes The “thirty-eight-special,” was a simple lengthening of the .38 Long Colt round that had proved so inadequate against the Moro warriors of the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. Developed in 1898, it...
Union Switch and Signal M1911A1

My Grandfather’s 1943 Union Switch & Signal M1911A1

Within two months of his eighteenth birthday, my grandpa left the Bronx, New York and was inducted into the Army of the United States. His listed civilian occupation was "boilermaker," but he was on...

Silent Guns of the US Office of Strategic Services

I'm thrilled to be the bearer of some very cool news: beginning in the next couple of weeks, the good folks over at Spycraft101 will be writing up the occasional firearm-centric article for TTAG....

The Clandestine Operative’s Sidearm of Choice: The High Standard Model HD MS Pistol

By Justin Black of Spycraft101 Among intelligence agencies and clandestine organizations, the High Standard Model HD Military Silencer (MS) is the standard for suppressed pistols by which all others are judged. First adopted by the...
founders repeating rifles assault rifle

As a Matter of Fact, the Founding Fathers Did Know About Repeating Rifles

Gun control advocates love to claim that the Founding Fathers couldn’t possibly have conceived of repeating rifles when they drafted the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights. The history of Joseph Belton, an...
.32 ACP pocket pistols

I Love .32 ACP Pistols, But Is That Enough Any More?

By Dan Baum When I can add to my collection of pre-1930 pistols for $350 or less on Gunbroker, I do so, and I've assembled a nice, idiosyncratic collection. Margaret and I just spent four...

Obscure Object of Desire: Remington Model 241 Speedmaster .22 Rifle

Whenever I handle an old gun -- and I mean an old gun -- I wonder what firearms I’ll leave to my kids and grandkids. Will they have the same charm and unique nature...

Vintage Gun Review: Savage Enfield No.4 MK1*

There are few guns that capture the imagination like those from World War II. I got into shooting because of my interest in these classic weapons and my love of history. Finding these guns...
cobray M11/9 pistol

Obscure Object of Desire: Cobray M11/9 Pistol

Spoiler alert, this isn't a good gun. It's not a useful gun. Hell, it's not even really that historic. The Cobray M11/9 could best be described as one of the most useless handguns in...