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The Colt SSP: One That Got Away

The Colt SSP: One That Got Away

Sometimes even firearms with innovative designs just don’t catch on. Such is the case with...
The Glock 17: Proper Fightin' Iron

The Glock 17: Proper Fightin' Iron

Known 1911 aficionado Wiley Clapp give his take on the popular Glock 17 pistol and...
Fightin' Iron: The ASP Pistol

Fightin' Iron: The ASP Pistol

Developed under mysterious circumstances, the single-stack 9mm ASP pistol as a discreet-carry gun has a...
The Golden Age: Smith & Wesson in the Mid-20th Century

The Golden Age: Smith & Wesson in the Mid-20th Century

Some of Smith & Wesson’s finest firearms made it from drawing board to production during...
Fightin' Iron: Trouble Times Four

Fightin' Iron: Trouble Times Four

Early attempts to increase handgun capacity were sometimes convoluted.
The Remington 870: My Favorite Shotgun

The Remington 870: My Favorite Shotgun

The timeless Remington 870 is 60 years old and has seen 10 million units produced....
Fightin' Iron: Building a Utilitarian 'Trail' Rifle

Fightin' Iron: Building a Utilitarian 'Trail' Rifle

Call it what you will, a bolt gun that’s purpose-built and equally badass can go...
Fightin' Iron: Origins of the .41-Caliber Revolver

Fightin' Iron: Origins of the .41-Caliber Revolver

The origins of today’s .41-caliber pistol are older than you think. Here's a look past...
The M1917 Enfield: America's WWI Workhorse

The M1917 Enfield: America's WWI Workhorse

Where the rubber meets the road, function matters a lot more than form. The M1917...
Fightin' Iron: General Robert Barrow's Type 14 Nambu

Fightin' Iron: General Robert Barrow's Type 14 Nambu

Some firearms stick in your memory, regardless of how useful they may (or may not)...
The Fightin' .45: Origins & History

The Fightin' .45: Origins & History

Our nation’s military and law enforcement relied on .45 caliber sidearms throughout history for its...
Fightin' Iron: Style & Function in Early Semi-Auto Pistols

Fightin' Iron: Style & Function in Early Semi-Auto Pistols

When it comes to combat, guns need only go bang and hit their mark; aesthetics...
Fightin' Dogs: Col. Rex Applegate and Deke

Fightin' Dogs: Col. Rex Applegate and Deke

As with the sword and the shield, the bond between a soldier and a dog...
The Elusive 3-Inch: Recreating Colt's Combat Python

The Elusive 3-Inch: Recreating Colt's Combat Python

Occasionally, custom-made firearms are even more prized than their original variants. Here's how Wiley Clapp's...
Fightin' Iron: The Origin of Semi-Auto Tactical Rifles

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...
Coefficient of Cool: Appearance & Aesthetics in Gun Design

Coefficient of Cool: Appearance & Aesthetics in Gun Design

When it comes to firearms, looks may not be everything, but they add something.
Fightin' Iron: The Marine Corps Ka-Bar Knife

Fightin' Iron: The Marine Corps Ka-Bar Knife

Among U.S. Marines’ combat gear, the Ka-Bar is especially prized.
Glock Remains Top Choice for Law Enforcement Sidearm in 2018

Glock Remains Top Choice for Law Enforcement Sidearm in 2018

After the launch of the company's Gen 5 series of handguns, Glock continues to supply...
Shoot Twice: The Benefits of the 'Double-Tap'

Shoot Twice: The Benefits of the 'Double-Tap'

In a life-threatening encounter, firing two rounds can be more effective than one. Here are...
Fightin' Iron: A History of the Recoilless Rifle

Fightin' Iron: A History of the Recoilless Rifle

All U.S. military shoulder-fired, anti-materiel weapons need not kick like a mule, and the recoilless...
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