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Historic Powder Horns

Historic Powder Horns

If you watch a frontier or military movie set in the mid-19th century or earlier, look at historical paintings, visit a fur trade rendezvous or reenac

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The 7 Most American Guns

The 7 Most American Guns

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and M16s. Firearms are an undeniable part of the American identity thanks to the Second Amendment and the nation’s spir

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Camouflage 101: Woodland Camo

Camouflage 101: Woodland Camo

Alexander Hamilton, the 4th of July, and the free practice of one’s Second Amendment rights are all things that are about as American as the topic of

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What is a Matchlock?

What is a Matchlock?

In the simplest terms, a matchlock is a firearm that uses a piece of lit slow match (also known as match cord) to ignite gunpowder and thus fire a fir

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Hottest Summer Handguns!

Hottest Summer Handguns!

Over 5,500 guns are up for bid during Rock Island Auction Company’s June 10th – 12th Sporting & Collector Firearms Auction, including a surplus of uni

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M1 Garand Function Check

M1 Garand Function Check

Click to view M1 Garands in our next auction. “Does it work?” This is a very popular question we receive often—especially during the approach to auct

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What Is a Flintlock Firearm?

What Is a Flintlock Firearm?

Flintlocks were arguably the most significant gunlocks of the muzzle loading era and were widely used for hundreds of years. In fact, many muzzle load

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The CIA Deer Gun

The CIA Deer Gun

The U.S. Military had the Liberator pistol manufactured during World War II to be dropped to resistance fighters in occupied territories. However,

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