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1863 Sharps: the yanks' new model sharps carbines were the high-water mark in capping breechloaders in the civil war. Aug 10, 2014 2046
Though somewhat overshadowed by the much vaunted 1886 Lebel, this versatile bolt action served France well around the globe before, during and after World War I. Jul 10, 2014 1579
Identification & values. Jun 11, 2014 1349
Positively special: A favorite of private eyes, plainclothesmen and mystery writers alike, the Colt Detective Special is one of the most evocative and effective snubbie six2uns ever made. Jun 11, 2014 1495
The guns of d-day: this month is the 70th anniversaiy of the invasion of Normandy, the largest operation of its type in history. Here's a look at some of the infantrymen's personal arms and how they used them. May 21, 2014 3118
Identification & vaues: "You do your gun a disservice; while it has no finish, it appears to be far from a basket case. I'd value it at between $1,100 and $1,250.". May 1, 2014 1754
Whitworth Jacob: Two unique Victorian British percussion rifles made the 1,000-plus-yard shot not only possible but probable. May 1, 2014 2324
Identification & values: as you've discovered, model 50s have a good reputation for accuracy nice find there. Apr 1, 2014 2218
Double actions of the blue & gray: while the largest number of handguns used in the civil War were single action, a surprising variety of self-cochers also appeared on various battlefields. Here's a face-off between two of the most popular. Apr 1, 2014 2237
Identification values. Feb 26, 2014 1689
Dueling derringers: a look at two popular hideouts from the halcyon days of concealed carry. Feb 26, 2014 2118
Identification & values. Interview Dec 20, 2013 1560
The other "Great War" .45s: as good as the 1911 government model was, when the U.S. entered WWI there just weren't enough to go around. two major gunmakers addressed the short-fall with the model 1917. Dec 20, 2013 1732
Beware of large-mouth brass: despite its somewhat bizarre appearance, the blunderbuss was a first-rate defensive and offensive firearm. Nov 21, 2013 1536
Colt Junior auto. Interview Oct 17, 2013 306
Hoffman Arms sporter. Oct 17, 2013 232
Beretta 1934. Oct 17, 2013 322
S&W M&P. Oct 17, 2013 156
Brazilian double pistol. Oct 17, 2013 254
Guns of the light brigade: men swept along in one of the most famous military debacles in history carried a selection of old-style and up-to-date firearms. Oct 17, 2013 1699
Identification & values. Sep 28, 2013 1559
Pistols in the Pacific: the U.S. Model 1911A1 and Japanese type 14 Nambu are two of the most recognizable and widely used service handguns of World War II. Just how do they stack up against one another? Sep 20, 2013 2815
Identification & values. Interview Aug 21, 2013 1582
Pistols for pilots: most countries involved in World War II figured it was a good idea for aircrews to carry sidearms in case they were downed over enemy territory. Let's look at two of the most popular--the Astra Model 300 and the Enfield No. 2. Aug 21, 2013 2255
Danish Krag. Brief article Aug 1, 2013 176
Moore/national revolver. Brief article Aug 1, 2013 302
What is it? Brief article Aug 1, 2013 128
Manhattan pocket revolver. Brief article Aug 1, 2013 230
U.S. Arms Co. hammerless. Brief article Aug 1, 2013 137
Whitneyville revolver. Brief article Aug 1, 2013 161
W&C Scott hammer shotgun. Interview Jul 16, 2013 181
Winchester model 50. Interview Jul 16, 2013 145
The Dillinger rifle: depression-era desperados were never short of firepower. Here's a look at a modern recreation of a customized 1907 Winchester used by several of the most legendary gangsters of the time. Jul 16, 2013 1877
Identification & values. Jul 1, 2013 1784
The Spanish connection: though Spain was neutral during World War I, thousands of handguns made by Iberian companies helped fill the Allies' arms lockers. Jun 21, 2013 2520
Identification & values. Jun 1, 2013 1461
The original "big fifty": the U.S. government's first centerfire military round, the .50-70 was adapted to the Sharps breechloader. Our hardware historian finds out how his original stacks up with Chiappa's repro. May 24, 2013 1623
Identification & values. May 1, 2013 1753
Historic hideouts: though not necessarily frontline fodder, a wide variety of small pocket pistols was highly popular with soldiers and civilians in the 1850s--'60s. Here's a look at two very different types. Apr 18, 2013 1763
Identification & Values. Mar 24, 2013 1546
Battle of the breechloaders: Calisher & Terry Gwyn & Campbell: two of the Civil War's most unusual carbines go head-to-head. Mar 22, 2013 2716
Identification & values. Feb 21, 2013 1690
Nock's wondrous volley gun: a replica of this famous Napoleonic seven-shooter is ever bit as fun to shoot as it looks. Feb 17, 2013 2486
Identification & values. Feb 1, 2013 1569
Edgehill 1642: matchlock vs. flintlock: this early battle in the English Civil War was a severe test of weaponry and a learning experience for both sides. Feb 1, 2013 2844
Identification & Values. Interview Jan 1, 2013 2089
The terrific Thompson: Auto-Ordnance offers a full-range of classic semiauto "Chicago typewriters" that will gladden the heart of any would-be G-man. Jan 1, 2013 2222
Caporetto 1917: despite the appearance of service autos in World War one, this hard-fought battle between German, Austro-Hungarian and Italian forces saw the use of two revolvers, the Model 1898 Rast & Gasser and the Bodeo. Jan 1, 2013 1836
Identification & values. Dec 1, 2012 1624
Yellow Tavern 1864: though little was achieved tactically in this hard-fought battle, the Union's main accomplishment was the death of the confederacy's legendary cavalry leader by a single revolver bullet. Dec 1, 2012 2635
Identification & values: Belgian-made Browning in .22 Short. Oct 26, 2012 1558
Columbus New Mexico 1916: Pancho Villa's incursion onto U.S. soil resulted in a bloody confrontation that had far-reaching consequences. Oct 21, 2012 2148
Identification & values. Sep 23, 2012 1701
A seagoing Enfield: Britain's famed Pattern 1853 Rifle-Musket came in a number of different styles, including a superior arm designed for use by Jolly Jack Tar. It was so good, it became a hot item on both sides during the American Civil War. Sep 23, 2012 1310
Identification & values. Aug 28, 2012 1655
Lucknow 1857: this bloody siege during the Indian Mutiny saw the use of two cavalry carbines--the British Pattern 1855 Sharps breechloader and the muzzleloading Victoria. Aug 22, 2012 2657
Identification & values. Interview Aug 1, 2012 2357
Re-liberated: with an original price of around $2, World War II's FP-45 Liberator embodied the term "bang for your buck." Now it been replicated in all its stamped sheet-steel glory. Aug 1, 2012 1839
Identification & values. Interview Jun 19, 2012 1444
Las Guasimas 1898: this hard-fought battle of the Spanish-American War pitted infantry rifles against cavalry carbines. Jun 19, 2012 2470
Identification & values. May 22, 2012 1627
Antietam 1862: one of the bloodiest battles in American history was also a testing ground for the greatest rifle-muskets of the day. May 19, 2012 2803
Identification & values. May 1, 2012 1523
Battle of Berlin 1945: soviet TT-33 vs. Germany's Walther p.38l: the up-close-and-personal nature of much of the fighting in this final chapter of the third Reich meant that handguns saw considerable use. Here's a look at two of the best. Apr 19, 2012 2399
Identification & values. Mar 23, 2012 1399
Sebastopol 1854-1855: this epic Crimean War siege saw a wide mix of small arms, from fie archaic to the most up-to-date. Here we look at a pair of the most widely used--one British, the other Russian. Mar 23, 2012 2491
Identification & values. Mar 1, 2012 1669
Tarawa 1943: Garand vs. Arisaka: this brutal Central Pacific battle was a grim preview of amphibious assaults to come. Feb 21, 2012 3340
Identification & values. Jan 26, 2012 1610
San Juan Hill 1898: in a manner of speaking, the most famous battle of the Spanish-American War pitted colt against Smith & Wesson. Jan 24, 2012 2901
Identification & values. Dec 29, 2011 1718
Hougoumont 1815: one of the critical engagements in the battle of waterloo, this bloody engagement tested two of the finest flintlock muskets ever designed. Dec 21, 2011 3134
Identification & Values. Nov 22, 2011 1383
Operation Overlord 1944: one of the pivotal military engagements in history, the Normandy Invasion saw a great variety of small arms on both sides We take a look at two of the most widely used. Nov 22, 2011 2600
Identification Values. Interview Oct 18, 2011 1658
Maiwand 1880: Martini Henry vs. Jezail: the Second Afghan War saw an intermixture of archaic and modem arms, and the outcome was in no way a sure thing. Oct 18, 2011 2105
Identification & values. Sep 21, 2011 1672
Brandy station 1863: Burnside vs. Enfield: Breechloading and muzzleloading carbines both played a role in this monumental Civil War cavalry battle. Sep 20, 2011 3170
Identification & values. Interview Aug 16, 2011 1618
Beaune-la-Rolande 1870: one of the most lopsided battles of the Franco-Prussian War pitted a superior rifle against superior generalship and artillery. Aug 16, 2011 2957
The someme 1916: this bloodbath was one of the costliest battles in history and featured two of best bolt-action military rifles ever. Aug 1, 2011 2735
Identification & values. Jul 30, 2011 1398
Identification & values. Jul 1, 2011 1689
An ace's Victory Model: after several decades, a World War II-issued Smith & Wesson is rediscovered by its original owner. Jun 28, 2011 1317
Identification & values. May 17, 2011 1540
Napoleon's nemesis: the Baker Rifle: Britain's long-range "ace in the hole" served the empire well in the peninsular campaign and at waterloo. May 10, 2011 1814
Identification & Values. Apr 26, 2011 1399
Turn of the screw: gentleman's accessory: pocket pistols are nothing new. Here's a look at a British "greatcoat" flintlock from the Georgian age. Apr 20, 2011 1532
Remington Model 720. Brief article Mar 29, 2011 251
Virginian Dragoon. Mar 29, 2011 387
Takedown model 94. Brief article Mar 29, 2011 286
French MAS 35A. Brief article Mar 29, 2011 248
Winchester Model 12. Brief article Mar 29, 2011 206
Colt's Bisley: named after a famed shooting range, this distinctive SAA variant was--for a time--very much en vogue among competitors and cowboys. Mar 15, 2011 1210
Identification & values. Feb 15, 2011 1608
A real straight shooter: the unique--and highly accurate--Model 1895 straight-pull bolt-action Lee Navy had a short, but eventful career. Feb 15, 2011 1726
Identification & values. Feb 1, 2011 1437
Sistema Model 1927: Argentina was one of the few foreign countries to appreciate--and adopt--something American shooters take for granted: the great Government Model 1911. Feb 1, 2011 1095
Identification & values. Jan 1, 2011 1533
Double down: game changer: what Remington's little two-shot .41 derringer lacked in power, it made up for in panache. Jan 1, 2011 1561

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