Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol and picture of a gunwriter

Fightin' Iron: The Smith & Wesson Model 39 Handgun

When he made the point, my buddy was speaking from a position of strength. Chuck Karwan—West Point graduate, champion heavyweight wrestler, combat platoon leader, Green Beret, outdoorsman, gunwriter—was a bear of a guy. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of firearms of all sorts. Karwan was particularly fond of digging into the development of handguns; sights, systems, breeching, etc.; from Paterson to present.

Fightin' Iron: The History of the Combat Commander

Even great military service pistols go though a form of evolution.

The History of the Glock G17

A revolution in firearm design that begat a revolution in self-defense.

Fightin' Iron: The Model 1917 Revolver

Colt and Smith & Wesson’s 1917 wasn’t a byproduct of a designer’s drawing board, but of necessity.

Get Off My Lawn: Great WWII Guns for Home Defense

While purpose-built, modern firearms are all the rage for personal protection, don’t discount that old World War II gun for home defense.

The Sauer Model 38H: A Handgun Ahead of Its Time

Perhaps the sweetest Sauer of them all.

The Military Sidearm: Its History & Necessity

There was a time when a military sidearm was considered more than just a pistol, and today's modern warfighters can still find a use for a solid fightin' pistol.

How to Stop an Attack Before It Starts

The easiest way to win a gunfight is to avoid having one entirely.

Snubnose Revolvers: Still Meeting Defensive Needs

The snubnose revolver, staple of 1950s cop shows, has a storied heritage and is still a valid concealed-carry option.

Fightin' Iron: The Four Johns of Firearm Design

Four inventors, all named John, designed iconic firearms used to defend America. Here's a look at their history and work.

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