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Muzzle, scope, and sight of Model 320

Fantastic Flops: Smith & Wesson Model 320

In the 1800s, any idea for how to improve firearms was fair game, and it resulted in some inventions and innovations that are still in...Read More
01-19-17
Colt Paterson charger

How to Use A Colt Paterson Charger

After posting a photo on Reddit, we received some questions on the accessories accompanying a Colt Paterson No. 3 Belt Model. This video looks to...Read More
12-29-16
Hi-Standard Christmas gun ad

Gun Ads from Christmases Past

December 24, 2014 (Note: This story originally appeared December 24, 2014, on our original blog. This holiday season seems as good a time as any...Read More
12-16-16
Sedgley Glove Gun

The Sedgley Glove Gun as Seen in "Inglourious Basterds"

Here's a gun that any Quentin Tarantino fan is sure to love! Our December 2016 Premiere Auction hosts one of the iconic "glove guns" as...Read More
12-07-16
Belgian Wall Gun action

The Belgian Behemoth Wall Rifle

11.18.2016 Wall guns, rampart guns, turret guns, fortress guns, "Jingals," and boat guns, are all names used to describe essentially the same weapon, though for...Read More
11-18-16
silver Colt 1849 Pocket

The Civil War Surgeon's Educated Colt Revolver

11/12/2016 There are times when you can look at a gun and know it has a story or two to tell. Guns that have earned...Read More
11-09-16
PGT_Beauregard

The Letter of Grief-Stricken General Beauregard

10-28-16 Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard (a.k.a. "PGT") is a name so distinct that it is readily recognizable to most Americans, even if little can be recalled....Read More
10-28-16

A Loose Artifact of Jefferson Davis

10-21-16 The history and political contributions of Jefferson Davis are well-documented so they will not be recounted here. Instead, attention will be brought to a...Read More
10-21-16

Samuel Colt and the Charter Oak

10-14-16 If asked to talk about the Charter Oak, few Americans aside from Connecticut residents, American history professors, or dedicated Colt collectors would be able...Read More
10-14-16