Gun History

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

Though Britain's line of Lee Magazine rifles reminded in service until after the Second World War, the basic system, as seen in this black-powder Lee-Metford, originated in Victorian times.

Britain’s Black-Powder .303, the Lee-Metford

One of the most famous smokeless powder military cartridges in history actually started out as a black-powder round. Here’s a look at the load and the revolutionary new repeating rifle that chambered it – the Lee-Metford.

One of the features of the Savage 99 that shooters of every striped loved was the swift and smooth lever action.

Savage 99, Unique as the Man Who Made It

Most guns are reactive products of their times, fulfilling a need that exists. But the Savage 99 was ahead of the curve, in both design and calibers. Moreover, it was invented by a man as remarkable as the rifle that bore his name.

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Video: Rare WWII German Military Guns

When it comes to firearms collecting, military arms are hot, but few come close to the firearms documented in this video. The German rifles show here are extremely rare and, in turn, boarder on being priceless.

??) 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.