Gun History

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

69 years of Gun Digest books on 3 discs

Giveaway: Win 69 Years of “Gun Digest” Annual Books!!

For fans of Gun Digest old and new, the "Gun Digest 1944-2013 3-Disc Set" is the ultimate collection of “The World’s Greatest Gun Book." This week, we're giving away a "Gun Digest 1944-2013 3-Disc Set" - the entire 69-year Gun Digest Book digital library in pdf format on three discs! - to one lucky...

Petersen Collection at the National Firearms Museum

Inside the National Firearms Museum’s Petersen Collection

Recently, a gift from the estate of Robert E. Petersen, of Los Angeles, to the National Firearms Museum set a record in philanthropy to the National Rifle Association (NRA), with a nearly $20 million gift, the largest in the 140-year history of the NRA.

Image courtesy of Don Findley

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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A History of AR Cartridges

The original caliber for the AR-15 wasn’t the.223/5.56, it was a slightly smaller cartridge. The .222 Special delivered the kind of performance that the designers wanted, which was basically a 50-grain bullet at under 3,000 feet per second.

Jack O'Connor's Custom Ruger M77 in .280 Remington

Classic Guns: Jack O’Connor’s Last Rifle, the Ruger M77

I love to find old hook-and-bullet magazines, the older the better, and read the old-school gun writers. I like the grainy black-and-white photos shot in the field. I like the horn-rimmed glasses, canvas shooting jackets and the Jones hats they wear. Some of these writers have penned stories for Gun Digest over the years....

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The Most Important Gun in American History

  If you were to try to determine which guns truly influenced the history of the world, you could draw a few conclusions. Paging through The Greatest Guns of Gun Digest edited by Dan Shideler, you see the Colt Single Action and the Winchester 94, both guns that won the West and aided exploration...

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Gun Collecting: Vintage Paintball Guns

  There is an interesting development happening in the gun world and it resembles what has occurred in other shooting sports: a move back to the retro.  In the sport of paintball,  there is a movement that is shying away from the newly developed rapid-fire, high-tech paintball guns.  These weapons throw out an enormous...