While inventing a silencer that removed the sound of a gunshot had been attempted by many, the first commercially successful varieties were developed by Hiram Maxim.

The .45 ACP Cartridge

During this centennial celebration of the 1911, John Browning's greatest invention is getting all sorts of love.


A scene in an old Kirk Douglas movie has the actor playing an aging Sicilian don explaining an old tradition of the homeland to his son. Full of emotional respect for a particular firearm, the don explains where the gun came from and why it was made.

One 1911, Two Heroes

A hero and his gun reunited after 33 years.

Made for Fighting

The story of how the 1911 came to be one of the most respected defensive pistols of all time.

Life With the 1911

Some may disagree on the greatest pistol ever made, but life without a warhorse in the stable would be empty.

Colt Ace

Quite unexpectedly, I ran into an old friend one day in the summer of 1957, on a training range at the Basic School in Quantico, VA.

The Mousqueton A.M.D.— France's Mini-14

Though it resembles the common Ruger Mini-14, the Mousqueton A.M.D. has a unique history all its own.

Colt Peacemaker

Colt, the legendary maker of revolvers that won the West, offered a new model a few years ago.

Herter's .401 Powermag

Though never as popular as the .357, .44 or even .41 Mag., the .401 Powermag offered superlative performance in a .40-caliber revolver.

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