Gun Digest Classics

Gun Digest Classics features stories and articles from Gun Digest Magazine and Gun Digest books.

IN MEMORIAM: Dan Shideler, Gun Digest Editor

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.


The N-Frame Smith & Wesson – Part 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 S&W Revolver – Part I

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. 

Guns to Love: Shideler Reveals His Top Picks

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.

An original Registered Magnum from the Chuck McDonald collection. The iconic 5-inch barrel.

Smith & Wesson’s Classic Model 27 – Part II

The very first .357 Magnum is still first in the hearts and minds of many advocates of that caliber. This milestone revolver continues to morph into the future. In Part II of this excerpt from Massad Ayoob's Greatest Handguns of the World, the author looks at the history of the...

The dust jacket of the 1955 Bonanza edition, the one most familiar to collectors.

Must Read Books for Gun Collectors

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...