Gun collecting had existed before World War II, but it was the second world war that pumped new life into the hobby, both in the form of vintage guns as well as gun-conscious hobbyists, many of whom had just returned from service abroad. And while many couldn't afford to buy guns, most could afford...
Hundreds of thousands of these popular shotguns have been sold over the decades, and the reason for that is simple: they are good guns. But is that used 1100 being sold for a song, or to a sucker? Here are a few things to check.
Never heard of the Pieper Volley Gun, have you? Neither had I until I stumbled across it in the LaPorte museum. If the LaPorte museum's W. A. Jones Collection of Antique Firearms contains the damndest stuff you've ever seen, then their Pieper Volley Gun has got to be the double-damndest.
Scott Freigh looks at a pair of unusual revolvers in 10mm and 41 mag. Don't buy either until you read this.
Nick Niles answers your burning shotgun questions. This time, a reader asks about Stevens letter prefixes on serial numbers.
If you've ever read my columns, you're aware that I'm fascinated by oddball firearms. Perhaps you are, too. If so, Winant's Firearms Curiosa is a must-have.
Obviously, there could be no practical use for a BB gun that used a .22 blank cartridge as a propellant; which meant, of course, Dan Shideler just had to have one.