Gunsite Honors

Gunsite Honors Wiley Clapp

A classroom at Gunsite will be be named after the long-time Shooting Illustrated contributor and columnist.

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.

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.

What's the Best Gun for Home Defense?

I got the question again this week. I live in a small town and a good number of folks know that I contribute to NRA Publications. To many, this means I am an authority of sorts and they would like to ask me about gun stuff.

Fightin' Iron: The Guns of George Mathews

Sometimes, custom gunsmiths don’t get credit where credit is due.

Fightin' Iron: Lew Walt

Helicopters make a distinctive sound. It’s sort of a whop-whop noise, and it differs a little from one chopper model to the next. The Vietnam War was the first true helicopter war. Early on, our primary troop carrier was the CH-34. We also had an observation outfit flying the UH-1Es (a variant of the legendary “Huey”).

Fightin' Iron: The Smith & Wesson Model 39 Handgun

When he made the point, my buddy was speaking from a position of strength. Chuck Karwan—West Point graduate, champion heavyweight wrestler, combat platoon leader, Green Beret, outdoorsman, gunwriter—was a bear of a guy. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of firearms of all sorts. Karwan was particularly fond of digging into the development of handguns; sights, systems, breeching, etc.; from Paterson to present.

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