Gun History

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

Mauser C96 Broomhandle Pistol

Mauser C96: The First Field-Ready Military Autoloader?

The Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" pistol is the first military semiautomatic pistol to prove itself both rugged enough and reliable enough for field use, argues Massad Ayoob in his newly-released Greatest Handguns of the World, Vol. II.

Bren Ten Handgun

What Killed the Bren Ten?

  The Bren Ten was the handgun story of the early- to mid-1980s. The pundits drooled and salivated. It was predicted that the new cartridge that came out with it, the 10mm Auto, would take over the law enforcement market. It was not to be. Today, the 10mm is popular only among handgun cognoscenti....

Ayoob’s first Contender, a 1970s model with T/C scope and elegant octagonal barrel.

Classic Guns: Thompson-Center Contender

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. In his just-released book, “Greatest Handguns of the World, Volume 2,” author Massad Ayoob includes the Thompson-Center Contender as one of the great firearms that made a difference in the handgunning world. At the end of the chapter, he makes a strong...

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Video: How to Read Every Gun Digest Book Ever Published

The new Gun Digest eBooks site offers unlimited reading of more than 130 Gun Digest books dating back to 1944. Click here to check out Gun Digest eBooks. More About Gun Digest eBooks The motto of Gun Digest is “We Know Guns So You Know Guns,” and eBooks are one of the easiest, most...

LeFever-2

Classic Guns: LeFever Shotguns

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. Daniel Myron LeFever might not be a name that many people are familiar with but he is marked in history as a great American inventor. If you have ever fired a modern side-by-side or over-and-under shotgun, you are the beneficiary of his...

Williams' initials and uniform number are stamped in gold on the underside of the butt stock.

Firearm Auction News: the Guns of Ted Williams

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. Ted Williams, also known as “The Kid”,” The Thumper” and, “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”, is marked down in history for his performance on the ball field. He’s one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  He was also a...

Merle (Mike) Walker, the designer of the Remington 721

Firearm Auction News: the “Benefit Gun”

Besides firearms auctions that cater to private gun collectors and vintage gun aficionados, there are other firearms auctions happening regularly around the country. They are sponsored by sportsmen conservation groups  and guns are sometimes auctioned off as a fund raising tool. There is a new twist on that and it’s the concept of the...

Colt Model 1903 Hammerless Pistol

Classic Guns: “Vintage Carry” and the Colt Model 1903 Hammerless Pistol

In the world of carrying handguns, a number of phrases have evolved to describe exactly what reason or method a handgun is carried in a particular way. There is “open carry” which is simply to carry a sidearm in plain sight. There is “concealed carry” which is self-explanatory. There is “constitutional carry” where a...

Extremely Rare and Historic Serial Number, 1, Exhibition Quality Deluxe Factory Engraved, Cased Presentation, Colt Model 1861/72 Navy Cartridge Revolver

Firearm Auction News: The Biggest One of the Decade

The folks at Rock Island Auction Company have been busy. Based in Rock Island, Illinois, they will be hosting their best firearms auction ever in their two-decade history on April 20th, 21st and 22nd. They claim this will be their biggest of the decade so far. The auction will be heavily populated by Colts...