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5 Reasons to Collect a Krag

The Krag-Jorgensen .30-40 is a historically significant rifle in that it transitioned the modern military — and most notably the U.S. military in 1892 following the painful defeat of General Custer at Little Bighorn — from black powder to smokeless. Here are 5 interesting facts that make it a no-brainer for the military gun...

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Johnny Reb and His Guns

The Civil War was a turning point in American history. Edward R. Crews describes the different weapons used by the Union and the Confederates and how the quality and availability of arms affected the outcome of the war.

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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...

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Mauser C96: The First Field-Ready Military Autoloader?

The Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" pistol is the first military semiautomatic pistol to prove itself both rugged enough and reliable enough for field use, argues Massad Ayoob in his newly-released Greatest Handguns of the World, Vol. II.

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Marine Corps Declares Gear for Marksmanship Qualifications

Marines were recently issued a new directive concerning what gear and weapons they can use for their annual marksmanship qualifications. According to The Marine Corps Times, a Marine administrative message, released on March 12, 2012, noted that, “Only individual rifles, their designated optics, and pistols that are current Marine Corps programs of record are...