The Truth About Pistol De-Cockers

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by Frank Sharpe There are a number of operating systems common to modern pistols, and we still see most on the range regularly. However, 85 percent of the guns students show up with fall into...

The Truth About 45 Colt vs. 45 Long Colt

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Mike Searson writes : The year was 1873 and Colt’s latest handgun, the Model P (aka as the Single Action Army Revolver of 1873) was just awarded the contract as the official sidearm for the...

Gun Review: Czech Vzor 58

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The Czechoslovakian Sa Vz. 58 assault rifle has to rank high as one of the least understood and most underappreciated military rifles of the twentieth century. Case in point: for many years I thought...
Remington Model 81 Woodsmaster

Obscure Object of Desire: Remington Model 81 Woodsmaster Rifle

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I get a certain level of pain when I see a cool old rifle get "modernized," whether it's historical or not. Even, in this case, the attempt at modernization sets me off. The only...
Cobray Pocket Pal Pistol

Obscure Object of Desire: Cobray Pocket Pal .22 LR/.380 ACP Revolver

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  By Jeremy S. Cobray Company, best known for manufacturing versions of the MAC series of pistols and the infamous Street Sweeper back in the 70’s and 80’s, also apparently spit out a few of these...
Derringer Henry Deringer

The Truth About Derringers

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By BLoving I spotted a customer leaning over the glass case displaying the pocket-sized .380s of various makes. Asking her what sort she was shopping for, she indicated a Taurus PT738 TCP. “I’d like to...
SIG SAUER 556R Rifle

Obscure Object of Desire: SIG SAUER 556R Rifle

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The SIG 556 rifles didn't have a great run in the United States. They lasted around ten years and came in various calibers and configurations over that time. They died an uneventful death in...
Chinese Contract Inglis Hi-Power 9mm Pistol

Obscure Object of Desire: Chinese Contract Inglis Hi-Power 9mm Pistol

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During World War II, the Canadian firm John Inglis & Co. manufactured approximately 150,000+ samples of the iconic FN Browning Hi-Power pistol. When the last batch in active service was declared to be surplus...

Hunting: Bella Twin, Little Woman with a Little Gun, a Big Bear and a...

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On 10 May, 1953, a front was passing through Slave Lake, a village on the South shore of Lesser Slave Lake in  Alberta, Canada. It was cool, cloudy, and windy. A 63-year-old Cree grandmother...

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...
kongsberg colt nazi 1911

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...

The Guide To M16 History That You Never Knew You Needed

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The M16 has a fascinating history in many ways. Its appearance is iconic, and has certainly become part of American culture. It is also a symbol, a microcosm, representing both American ingenuity, blunders...but also...