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.
The N-Frame Smith & Wesson revolver is available in configurations to suit just about every possible use. But at the end of the day, these big bore sixguns haven't changed that much since their introduction. That's true for one reason: They work.
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.