Gun History

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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...

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The “Gun Digest 2013” Giveaway Winner Is . . .

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment for a chance to win a copy of "Gun Digest 2013." Not surprisingly, the comments depict the wide range of interests held by gun enthusiasts, everything from self defense to hunting to shooting to collecting.

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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.

Bren Ten Handgun

What Killed the Bren Ten?

  The Bren Ten was the handgun story of the early- to mid-1980s. The pundits drooled and salivated. It was predicted that the new cartridge that came out with it, the 10mm Auto, would take over the law enforcement market. It was not to be. Today, the 10mm is popular only among handgun cognoscenti....

Among svelte .22 rimfire rifles is Browning’s T-Bolt, here in .22 WMR. A 40-grain bullet at 2,000 fps.

Wayne van Zwoll: What You Didn’t Know About the .22

Far from the most powerful, the .22 Long Rifle is arguably the most useful cartridge of all time. It dates to 1857, when Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson came up with a rimfire round while working on a lever-action rifle. That primitive Volcanic rifle would evolve into the Henry, the foundation of Winchester’s 19th...

Classic Guns: High Standard .22 Pistols

In a recent column, Gun Digest the Magazine contributor Walt Hampton wrote, “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.  This is the...