Quantum physics is a game of Candyland compared to figuring out our American “system” of cartridge names. It wasn’t always so bad.
The .219 Zipper persisted fitfully from 1938 to 1962 in that purgatory reserved for cartridges that look good on paper but somehow never quite measure up in real life. At this late date, it’s difficult to determine exactly how the .219 Zipper ended up on the compost heap of shooting history.
When it comes to fake antique guns, it's easy to wind up as the proud owner of a dud. Even a trained eye can be fooled by modern reproduction firearms that have been faked to look like the real thing.
Never heard of the mighty Tingle .44 blackpowder magnum revolver? Welcome to the club. Predating Ruger's Old Army .44 by more than a decade, the Tingle .44 blackpowder is all but forgotten today.
History doesn't record who thought up Targo — a game of miniature skeet. However, Mossberg must take some of the responsibility, because they promoted the game and made guns for it.
We can be sure that Morris F. Smith was the only person who ever applied the terms “reliable” and “durable” to the infamous Standard Model G automatic rifle.
Largely forgotten nowadays, Forehand & Wadsworth was for a time one of the nation’s best-known manufacturers of small, concealable revolvers.
Most people don’t know about the Great Western Arms Co., which made the first Colt SAA clone. Even reference books can’t get it straight! But for a while, the Great Western was the idol of the American handgun scene.
It was a sad day in 1999 when Browning announced it was discontinuing the Auto-5 humpback. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house — at least not my house.