Gun History

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

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...

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.