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The world’s most potent handgun cartridge in the year 1958, its history and development, plus notes on handloading and shooting it, by the man whose dream came true!
With the closest estimate of production hovering between 91 million and 125 million, and having been manufactured for the military of twenty or more countries, it’s hard to imagine a rifle more important than the Mauser Model 98.
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.
I think the idea of sporterizing a military Mauser has been with me since I was in my early twenties. There is no doubt that it was the direct result of reading Jack O’Connor’s books and articles.
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.
Despite little advertising and less fanfare, the makers of this unique, handsome and elegant double gun have sold nearly a half-million of them throughout the world. They must be doing something right!
We at F+W Media and Gun Digest are saddened to announce that our friend and colleague, Dan Shideler, a senior editor in the Firearms/Knives Group, passed away Sunday, April 3.
In the final installment of this series on the N-Frame Smith & Wesson revolver, the author takes a look at the .357 Highway Patrolman, .41 magnum, and other modern versions of the N-frame revolver.