Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk 1 Rifle

The Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk 1 Rifle

History records that World War II began on Sept. 1, 1939, with the German invasion of Poland and the subsequent declarations of war on Germany from Britain and France. However, it was not until April the following year that Hitler turned his attention west and invaded Denmark and Norway. On May 10, the day Winston Churchill became Prime Minister, Hitler invaded France.

The Colt Commando

At the turn of the last century, Colt and Smith & Wesson were the two most prolific American revolver manufacturers. Both were vying for the military and civilian markets that clamored for the newly developed .38 Spl. cartridge.

Colonel Rex Applegate

For me, one of the many bonuses of this gunwriter business has been the opportunity to meet and become friends with a number of the firearm enthusiasts of an earlier generation; legendary figures such as Frank Hamer Jr., Bill Jordan, Bill Toney, Col Walter Walsh and the subject of this column: COL Rex Applegate.

Boys Antitank Rifle

In the dark hours before dawn on the 17th of August, 1942, two U.S. Navy submarines cautiously surfaced off a darkened island in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. involvement in World War II was barely six months old, and things had not gone well for America.

The M1 Garand National Match Rifle

The United States was the only country to provide a semi-automatic rifle as standard issue to its military forces from the onset of the war. In excess of five million M1 Garands were produced between 1936 and 1945.

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.

Fighting' Iron: The Fall of the Reising Submachine Gun

Sometimes, what looks like a great idea on paper turns out to be not-so-great in the field. Such was the case with the Reising Submachine Gun, chambered in .45 ACP.

The Classics: Remington M1903 Rifles in World War II

While the M1 Garand gets the most accolades for its service in World War II, M1903 bolt-action rifles made by Remington also served our forces well.

Fightin' Iron: Leland “Lou” Diamond

Being salty isn’t always a bad thing.

Fightin' Iron: The Purple Heart

Planning for war requires more than the production of weapons and munitions. Here's the story of the Purple Heart, an award with a long, storied tradition in America.

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