Antique Guns

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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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Photo Gallery: 54 Countries, 54 Mausers!

Throughout the history of firearms development, no rifle has been produced in greater quantity or by more countries than has the Mauser. Here are 54 images from 54 countries showcasing the Mauser's many varieties.

Mauser C96 Broomhandle Pistol

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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Photos: Rock Island Antique Gun Auction Results

The Rock Island Auction Co. based in Rock Island, Illinois, hosted its largest antique gun auction of the decade on April 20, 21 and 22, 2012. The auction generated $12.6 million in sales.

Williams' initials and uniform number are stamped in gold on the underside of the butt stock.

Firearm Auction News: the Guns of Ted Williams

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. Ted Williams, also known as “The Kid”,” The Thumper” and, “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”, is marked down in history for his performance on the ball field. He’s one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  He was also a...

Colt Model 1903 Hammerless Pistol

Classic Guns: “Vintage Carry” and the Colt Model 1903 Hammerless Pistol

In the world of carrying handguns, a number of phrases have evolved to describe exactly what reason or method a handgun is carried in a particular way. There is “open carry” which is simply to carry a sidearm in plain sight. There is “concealed carry” which is self-explanatory. There is “constitutional carry” where a...

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Wayne van Zwoll: Thinking Inside The Boxlock

About the time George Armstrong Custer made ready to round up wayward Sioux on the flanks of the Little Bighorn, a couple of gunmakers working at Westley Richards of Birmingham, England fashioned a new rifle mechanism. Like the dropping-block rifle John Moses Browning would build just a few years later (marketed by Winchester as...

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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...

Guns are Portals into History

Guns are Portals into History

For an inanimate object, a gun can be one hell of a storehouse of memories. A gun with proper care can last several lifetimes and during those years as it is passed between family members or friends and is touched or used by various people it becomes woven into the fabric of our lives. ...