Obscure Object of Desire: Borchardt C93, The First “Modern” Semi-Automatic Pistol

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By beetle There are a lot of features in modern guns that we take for granted. At a basic level, the design of most pistols today seems very similar. Almost every one will make use...

Obscure Object of Desire: Savage 1907 .45 Pistol

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 by Beetle ([email protected]) "If it ain't a Savage, it's a Substitute!" "The Savage 1911, defending America for 100 years!" If these two phrases sound a bit off to you, it’s for good reason. Typically these phrases are...

The History of Mauser – As Told Through Its Pistols

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By Beetle “The best way to make a little money in the gun business is to start with a lot of money.”  This saying describes how hard it is to be successful in the gun...

Happy 101st Birthday – This Old Colt Has Still Got It!

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By Beetle In my article about the Savage Trials Pistol, I discussed how Savage and Colt had a final “shoot off” to see who would win the contract to be the standard issue military sidearm....

Chris And Joe’s Early Christmas Present: TNW Firearms Factory Tour

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By Chris Dumm Saying this may risk pushing me outside of the MSNBC target demographic, but I can't think of a better way to spend Christmas Eve than touring the factory of a firearms importer...

Hey CZ: Where Are Our Dan Wesson Revolvers?

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Interchangeable handgun barrels and grip frames are really nothing new. Decades before SIG SAUER launched the P250/P320, Dan Wesson sold eponymous revolvers that could morph from a medium-frame snubnose to a vent-rib metallic silhouette...

Frankenstein Gun Of The Day: HK91-M4 Hybrid Abomination

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Some people think that any rifle can be improved by slapping an M4 buttstock on it. Got an AK? Slap an M4 stock on it! A 10/22? Slap an M4 stock on it! A...

Too Much Rail? Russian PP-19 ‘Bizon 2’ Hearts Picatinny – Big Time

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In Russia, rail rides you! This 'Bizon-2' subgun has a more extensive rail network than the entire United Kingdom. Never heard of the PP-19 Bizon before? You're not alone . . . The 'Bison' was...
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Obscure Object of Desire: The Kongsberg ‘Colt’ Nazi 1911 Pistol

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By Beetle The turn of the century into the 1900s was an interesting time in firearm development.  The invention of smokeless powder and Hugo Borchardt’s first semi-automatic pistol caused the world’s armies to re-examine their...

Celebrating Texas’ Independence the Ranger Creek Distillery Way

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This coming Sunday is Independence Day in Texas, a time to reflect on the Republic that has adopted both Robert and myself. Founded after a rag-tag bunch of settlers refused to voluntarily turn in...

1911s of the Second World War

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Republished from rockisland.blogspot.com: When America decided to enter World War II after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor it was "all hands on deck." Everyone in the nation was contributing through whatever means necessary:...

Obscure Object Of Desire: MAB Model A

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A French gun is an Obscure Object Of Desire? You're probably wondering how much wood alcohol got into the hooch I've been drinking all winter. But bear with me, because something like this gun...