Military Firearms

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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...

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The Model 1917: A Great Old Revolver

  One of the best double-action sixguns ever produced, the Model 1917 is a big-bore gem. Whether a Colt or Smith & Wesson, it’s still a good idea. Just for you nostalgia buffs and collectors, we’re going to take a look at the Model 1917, for no other reason than the fact that it...

The Colt LE901-16A configured with 7.62 upper. Photo by Corey Graff

Colt LE901-16S: From 5.56 to 7.62 in 30 Seconds

There was no shortage of AR-style rifles at SHOT Show 2012. But one of the most interesting was the Colt LE901-16S, a select-fire rifle designed to allow you to change the upper from 5.56 to 7.62 in a matter of seconds.

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Ask the Editor: Which Gun Price Guide Do I Need?

With several gun pricing books to choose from, we here at GD are often asked, “Which price guide has the [insert your gun model here] in it?” Here’s a quick look at what each book does (and, in some cases, doesn’t) cover.