Gun History

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

Model 1917

The Model 1917: A Great Old Revolver

  One of the best double-action sixguns ever produced, the Model 1917 is a big-bore gem. Whether a Colt or Smith & Wesson, it’s still a good idea. Just for you nostalgia buffs and collectors, we’re going to take a look at the Model 1917, for no other reason than the fact that it...

As you fire the Tingle, you're amazed at what can be accomplished with a surplus milling machine, a set of hand files, a drill press and raw talent.

Tingle’s Creation Still Amazes

Never heard of the mighty Tingle .44 blackpowder magnum revolver? Welcome to the club. Predating Ruger's Old Army .44 by more than a decade, the Tingle .44 blackpowder is all but forgotten today.

Targo! A Game of Miniature Skeet!

Targo! Gone But Not Forgotten

History doesn't record who thought up Targo — a game of miniature skeet. However, Mossberg must take some of the responsibility, because they promoted the game and made guns for it.

The first S & W 44 Magnum with 4-inch barrel, engraved and stocked by the Gun Reblu Co., Biltmore, N. C.

The .44 Magnum … One Year Later

The world's most potent handgun cartridge in the year 1958, its history and development, plus notes on handloading and shooting it, by the man whose dream came true!

German Mauser Model 98

Mauser: The Most Important Rifle

With the closest estimate of production hovering between 91 million and 125 million, and having been manufactured for the military of twenty or more countries, it's hard to imagine a rifle more important than the Mauser Model 98.

Walther Model PP.

Collecting Walther Military Models PP and PPK

These beautifully made pistols were the first of the original double-action blowback semi-automatic pistols. They had a successful commercial design with a high polished blue finish that was second to none.