“UNITED STATES” Arms in 1776

The American Revolution was already well under way when the delegates to the Continental Congress officially declared independence on July 4, 1776. Months before in the spring of ’76, a shortage of arms was apparent. This was caused by a variety of factors including lack of maintenance, a shortage of field armorers to make repairs, […]

The Truth About Derringers

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 see that derringer right there” she said, tapping on the glass and pointing at it. My tongue twisted in my […]

Logan Metesh Has Colt Python Serial Numbers 2, 3 and 5

Josh Wayner didn’t get a lot of argument yesterday when he pronounced the .357 Magnum one of the most effective and versatile rounds ever invented. And while there are plenty of great Ruger and Smith & Wesson revolvers out there chambered for the .357 (I have a couple of K and N frame examples that […]

Military Contracts And The Kaiser’s Custom Mannlicher M1899

The late 19th century saw the beginning of the semi-automatic era. Countless makers came up with untold designs, all striving to create a more perfect pistol. In 1898, Austrian Ferdinand Mannlicher had designed a new 7.65mm semi-automatic pistol that utilized a wrap-around cover plate to protect its lockworks. By 1899, the design included a large […]

What Do You Get When You Mix Guns And Cameras?

Enthusiasts of firearms and photography often use similar terms and equipment. Both “shoot” the “target.” Both employ the use of a tripod to steady their aim. Both utilize a trigger (of sorts) to take their shots. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that a 19th century inventor sought to combine the best […]

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