Gun History


Video: Brief History of the Bren Ten

Learn more about what relegated this unique pistol to the ashbin of history. Also, watch it throw some of its monstrous 10mm rounds down range.


Video: Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House at Work

Gun proofing is simply a stress test to make sure a firearm is set to withstand the high pressure it will be call upon to handle. Check out how they did it more than 60-years ago in England.

The question of what a cartridge's name means is not as clear today as it was back in the good 'ol days. Photo courtesy Cartridges of the World, 11th Edition.

What’s In A Name?

Quantum physics is a game of Candyland compared to figuring out our American “system” of cartridge names. It wasn’t always so bad.

70 Years of Gun Digest

70 Years of Gun Digest

Since World War II, Gun Digest has been the gun book by which all others are measured.

Petersen Collection at the National Firearms Museum

Inside the National Firearms Museum’s Petersen Collection

Recently, a gift from the estate of Robert E. Petersen, of Los Angeles, to the National Firearms Museum set a record in philanthropy to the National Rifle Association (NRA), with a nearly $20 million gift, the largest in the 140-year history of the NRA.

Image courtesy of Don Findley

Robert Hillberg, 1917-2012

The editors at Gun Digest regret to hear the sad news of the death of Robert Hillberg. He passed away on August 12, 2012. Over his many years of designing firearms, everything from machineguns to sporting pistols, shotguns and rifles, when asked of all his accomplishments, what he is most proud of; Bob replied...