Fightin' Iron: The Appeal of the Thompson
More than just a Hollywood prop for gangster movies, the Thompson was a legitimate game-changer.
Fightin’ Iron: The Hi Power Returns
The Hi Power has seen a renaissance in the past couple of years with new models such as Springfield Armory’s SA-35, the FN America High Power and the EAA MC P35 entering the market and selling briskly.
Fightin' Iron: Rent-A-Gun?
Creating and/or maintaining movie guns is a complex business, and some prop houses are virtual wizards of weaponry.
Fightin' Iron: A Valuable Anachronism
This month, I am going to take up a subject about which I really know relatively little. Military aviation is a huge field—which never caught my particular interest, but always held my personal respect. I was content to be an infantry Marine, but held a deep respect for my brothers who were willing to strap themselves into a winged tube and sally forth to do battle in the questionable belief that this airfoil thing was real.
Fightin' Iron: The Safe Queen
There’s an interesting term in the gun-guy’s lexicon. It’s “safe queen,” meaning a firearm of such great value that it remains in the safe, unused, unhandled and absolutely unfired.
Fightin' Iron: Those German Semi-Automatic Pistols
There are gun collectors who admire the craftsmanship and ingenuity of arms from other countries.
Fightin' Iron: Centennial Story
Sometimes life-changing events and a gun’s shortcomings bring about firearm evolution.
Fightin' Iron: The AK-47 Pattern Rifle
Iconic both in appearance and reputation, the AK-pattern rifle has fought on battlefields all over the world for three quarters of a century.
Fightin' Iron: Good, Better, Best
Moviegoers of 1950 enjoyed a motion picture with a unique plot twist. Rather than a tale of the trials and tribulations of a hero, we were treated to the travels and transfers of a gun. A big-budget Western starring Jimmy Stewart leading a large cast of well-known actors, “Winchester ’73” treated the gun as though it were a character. Its behavior (accuracy) established in the opening scene, succeeding scenes showed the gun used and misused, bought and sold, as it moved from owner to owner. An interesting story and well told, the film was fictional—the gun was not.