Gun History

Video: Massad Ayoob Interview – Greatest Handguns Part II

Dan Shideler, editor for Gun Digest Books, interviews Massad Ayoob about the release of a new book, Massad Ayoob's Greatest Handguns of the World. In this installment, Shideler and Ayoob discuss some of lesser known models found in Ayoob's new book.

The .44 Special Begins Its Second Century – Part I

In an age of magnums and larger caliber handguns, the .44 Special is just as relevant for today's shooters and hunters as it was in Elmer Keith's days. In this article from Gun Digest 2010, sixgun expert John Taffin shows this cartridge is still up to the task. And with so many models still...

The S&W .38 Single Action

Smith & Wesson marketed a perfectly good line of self-defense revolvers as early as 1876 and produced nearly 160,000 of them before dropping the design in 1911.

Most Popular Police Handguns 1900-1999

With an upgraded manufacturing process and Colt's languishing attention to revolvers, Smith & Wesson begins to surpass colt as the go-to maker of police revolvers.

Winchester 94: Receivers

In this excerpt from the newly-released The Winchester Model 94, A Century of Craftsmanship, 2nd Edition, author Robert C. Renneberg states, "The Model 1894 incorporated a newly designed action in a light, thin-walled frame (receiver) that was quite revolutionary." 

The Gran Chaco War, 1928-1935

A look at the history of the Gran Chaco War with resulting supply and current values of Model 1891 Argentine Pattern, Model 1903 Turkish pattern, Model 1908 long and short rifle and Model 1907 rifle and carbine Mausers.