Smith & Wesson

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. 

9 mm Federal: The Nine Millimeter Round Known to None

Going on 40 years ago, I blundered my way into my first job in the gunwriting business. It was a function of pure, dumb luck on my part and for that, I am eternally thankful. Among the many blessings of this luck were the great people I met and the range of new experiences. Such new people included the late Chuck Karwan, my fellow Vietnam vet and as good a friend as I could possibly want.

Fightin' Iron: Lever Gun

At the mid-point of the 19th century, the world of firearms was changing fast. The main service rifle was still a cumbersome single-shot of .69 caliber. It worked on cap, ball and powder, delivered a massive blow and produced clouds of smoke. True, it got the job done.

Fightin' Iron: Mateba

Americans have long been enthralled with small arms, as our nation is unique in their protected availability. But, once a standard for a particular style of handgun is established, we become a bit suspicious of anything that deviates from the norm.

Fightin' Iron: The Replica Phenomenon

Sometimes, a copy can be as good as an original.

Fightin' Iron: First Lightweight Handguns

These days, lightweight handguns are quite popular, but that wasn’t always the case.

Fightin' Iron: Every Marine a Rifleman

No one appreciates a great rifle more.

Fightin' Iron: The Beretta Cx4 Storm

Several years ago, the legendary Italian armsmaker Beretta introduced a new gun. Off and on for nearly 500 years, the company has done so many times. Beretta is easily the oldest continuously operated firearm maker in history.

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