Gun History

Vintage gun history articles columns blogs advice from Gun Digest book and gun history columnists including Dan Shideler.

??) The author’s 1943 M1, about 1986, by which time the barrel had been replaced, displayed and photographed here with vintage ammo and U.S.M.C. militaria, on a World War II vintage camouflaged shelter half.

The Ever Popular and Collectable M1 Garand

Touted as the greatest battle rifle ever, the M1 Garand's is one of America's most storied firearms. The M1's rich history continues to grow today, as this rifle remains a popular option among collectors and competitors.

While a lever-action shotgun seems strange today, tAs this replica Winchester Model 1887 demonstrates, a lever-action shotgun is a strange design. But the gun was one of the first successful repeating smoothbores.he Winchester Model 1887 was one of the first successful repeating smoothbores.

Video: Winchester’s Unique Lever-Action Shotgun

Given how pumps and semi-automatics dominate the market, a lever-action shotgun seems strange nowadays. But the Winchester 1887 was one of the first repeating smoothbores to find market success.

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.

The .219 Zipper.

Unzipping the Zipper

The .219 Zipper persisted fitfully from 1938 to 1962 in that purgatory reserved for cartridges that look good on paper but somehow never quite measure up in real life. At this late date, it’s difficult to determine exactly how the .219 Zipper ended up on the compost heap of shooting history.

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Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Blunderbuss Videos

Few firearms have the relationship with an American holiday like the blunderbuss has with Thanksgiving. In celebration of the season here are five videos running over the history of the blunderbuss and, of course, showing it in action.

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Market Trends in Military Gun Collecting

From the re-election of Barack Obama and push for new gun control following the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting, to the United Nations push for small arms disarmament, there’s no shortage of geopolitical and economic forces shaping trends in military gun collecting. Phillip Peterson, editor of the new Standard Catalog of Military Firearms, 7th...