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The Military Sidearm: Its History & Necessity

There was a time when a military sidearm was considered more than just a pistol,...

Review: Colt Cobra

The much-loved Colt Cobra revolver is back, and quite evolved from when we last saw...

Charging-Handle Placement: Does It Matter?

Location, location, location. The placement of the charging handle on a rifle has been up...

Fightin' Iron: Applegate-Fairbairn Knife

Many edged-weapon enthusiasts have heard of the Fairbairn-Sykes commando dagger, but what about the post-World...

Classic Guns: The Bodeo Revolver

Known by those who carried it as Coscia d’agnello (“leg of lamb”), the Bodeo revolver...

Rifles in the Sky: Airborne Troops Then and Now

As we honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day, our resident expert offers reflections on the...

Snubnose Revolvers: Still Meeting Defensive Needs

The snubnose revolver, staple of 1950s cop shows, has a storied heritage and is still...

Fightin' Iron: The Four Johns of Firearm Design

Four inventors, all named John, designed iconic firearms used to defend America. Here's a look...

Lightweight Longarms: Today's Weight-Saving Rifle Parts

Shaving weight from a rifle you intend to carry can be accomplished in several ways,...

Classic Guns: The 1891 Argentine Mauser

Paul Mauser’s groundbreaking rifle would have implications around the globe, and the 1891 Argentine Mauser...

Examining .44-Special Revolvers for Personal Defense

Revolvers, especially those in .44 Special, continue to beguile American shooters, and with good reason.

Fightin' Iron: Trouble Times Four

Early attempts to increase handgun capacity were sometimes convoluted.

A Need for Speed: Rise and Fall of the Bottlenecked Pistol Cartridge

The trend of bottlenecked pistol cartridges has ebbed and flowed over the last century. Where...

Classic Guns: Bushmaster Arm Pistol

Think AR-15-style pistols are a new innovation? See where this unique product category got its...

Browning Hi Power: Revisiting a 20th-Century Classic

Though Browning discontinued its Hi Power, there are still plenty floating around the market. Sheriff...

Pack Rifles: Finding Compact Guns for Security & Survival

Having a short, handy, compact gun that’s easy to carry is a tall order, but...

Fightin' Iron: The Origin of Semi-Auto Tactical Rifles

The versatility commonly seen in today’s semi-automatic firearms used by SWAT teams and civilians alike...

First Look: Creedmoor Sports .30 Carbine Ammunition

Introduced in WWII, the .30 Carbine cartridge remains a viable option for a range of...

How a Black-Powder Revolver Saved My Life

A hair-raising encounter on the banks of the Missouri River in the early 1990s demonstrated...

The Development of Personal-Defense Ammo

History repeats itself within many undertakings. This is especially true with regard to personal-defense ammunition.
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