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This Old Gun

This Old Gun covers firearm auction news and notes on antique, collectible and vintage guns.

Martin Young from the Oxford Times

British Gun Collector’s 350 Shotguns Seized

Martin Young, a 67-year-old antique gun collector in England, is battling Oxford city council to have his 350 guns returned and his gun license renewed. He has 30 days to arrange for the guns to be moved or the police will auction them off. Mr. Young believes that his collection might be one of...

Jack O'Connor's Custom Ruger M77 in .280 Remington

Classic Guns: Jack O’Connor’s Last Rifle, the Ruger M77

I love to find old hook-and-bullet magazines, the older the better, and read the old-school gun writers. I like the grainy black-and-white photos shot in the field. I like the horn-rimmed glasses, canvas shooting jackets and the Jones hats they wear. Some of these writers have penned stories for Gun Digest over the years....

girandoni air rifle

The Most Important Gun in American History

  If you were to try to determine which guns truly influenced the history of the world, you could draw a few conclusions. Paging through The Greatest Guns of Gun Digest edited by Dan Shideler, you see the Colt Single Action and the Winchester 94, both guns that won the West and aided exploration...

Tippman 98

Gun Collecting: Vintage Paintball Guns

  There is an interesting development happening in the gun world and it resembles what has occurred in other shooting sports: a move back to the retro.  In the sport of paintball,  there is a movement that is shying away from the newly developed rapid-fire, high-tech paintball guns.  These weapons throw out an enormous...

Custom-rifle

Classic Guns: Collecting Custom Rifles

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. Tom Turpin’s new book, “Custom Rifles: Mastery of Wood and Metal” will be hitting the bookstores this month.  It’s a handsome hardcover and heavy with photos printed on glossy paper. Turpin takes the reader inside the workshop of one of the best...

Ayoob’s first Contender, a 1970s model with T/C scope and elegant octagonal barrel.

Classic Guns: Thompson-Center Contender

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. In his just-released book, “Greatest Handguns of the World, Volume 2,” author Massad Ayoob includes the Thompson-Center Contender as one of the great firearms that made a difference in the handgunning world. At the end of the chapter, he makes a strong...

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Classic Guns: LeFever Shotguns

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. Daniel Myron LeFever might not be a name that many people are familiar with but he is marked in history as a great American inventor. If you have ever fired a modern side-by-side or over-and-under shotgun, you are the beneficiary of his...

3. Gatling

Photos: Rock Island Antique Gun Auction Results

The Rock Island Auction Co. based in Rock Island, Illinois, hosted its largest antique gun auction of the decade on April 20, 21 and 22, 2012. The auction generated $12.6 million in sales.

Williams' initials and uniform number are stamped in gold on the underside of the butt stock.

Firearm Auction News: the Guns of Ted Williams

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. Ted Williams, also known as “The Kid”,” The Thumper” and, “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”, is marked down in history for his performance on the ball field. He’s one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  He was also a...