Gun History

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

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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...

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Wild Bill Hickok’s Revolver Takes Aim at $500,000

In its Nov. 18 armor and gun auction, Bonhams is offering a Smith & Wesson No. 2 revolver owned by Wild Bill Hickok, one of the most iconic figures of the Old West, that was on him when he was murdered by Jack McCall in Deadwood in 1876.

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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.

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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.