The able Contributing Editors of Gun Digest will perhaps forgive me if I take a moment and comment on just a few guns and gadgets that tripped my personal trigger during the past year. Some of these are doubtless discussed elsewhere in this volume, but what can I say? I was here first.
Gun collecting had existed before World War II, but it was the second world war that pumped new life into the hobby, both in the form of vintage guns as well as gun-conscious hobbyists, many of whom had just returned from service abroad. And while many couldn't afford to buy guns, most could afford...
Smith & Wesson marketed a perfectly good line of self-defense revolvers as early as 1876 and produced nearly 160,000 of them before dropping the design in 1911.
Having held out for years, Dan Shideler gives the SKS a chance.
Remington's big-bore guide rifle is one collectors will love. And you don't even have to be a guide.
Never heard of the Pieper Volley Gun, have you? Neither had I until I stumbled across it in the LaPorte museum. If the LaPorte museum's W. A. Jones Collection of Antique Firearms contains the damndest stuff you've ever seen, then their Pieper Volley Gun has got to be the double-damndest.
I've never had much use for semi-auto pistols. Compared to revolvers, they've always seemed to me to be clunky, awkward things. As for their supposed tactical superiority, well, I can't argue that; but the thought of my actually being involved in anything even remotely tactical is just absurd.
If you've ever read my columns, you're aware that I'm fascinated by oddball firearms. Perhaps you are, too. If so, Winant's Firearms Curiosa is a must-have.
The sheer variety of firearms makes Remington a collector's choice for the Baby Boom generation.