Pistols

Featured Gun: Colt Government Model M45A1 CQBP Marine

The legendary Colt 1911 semi-automatic pistol, a design that’s more than 100 years old, served the United States Military from 1911 to 1985. The 1911 pistol remains a pillar of the firearms industry and given its enduring popularity among law enforcement and civilian shooters worldwide, it’s likely to hold its ... Read more

Featured Gun: 1917 DWM Artillery Luger for Sale!

The Luger pistol was first manufactured in 1900 for both military and commercial use. The Luger was the standard pistol of the German armed forces from 1908 to 1938 and is cemented in history as a distinct and recognizable pistol that helped define a turbulent time in history. In 1913, ... Read more

Featured Gun: FB Radom Vis Model 35 Type II!

The FB Radom Vis Model 35 was considered one of the highest-quality military pistols made before World War II. The materials used were the premium and the fit and finish were commercial grade. When Nazi Germany defeated Poland in 1939, the Germans captured the Radom factory and turned its capabilities ... Read more

Featured Gun: Walther P.38 Pistol!

When Germany fell into economic depression after World War I its military searched to replace the infamous,  relatively fragile and expensive to manufacture Luger with a more modern and easy to manufacture pistol. It found its solution in what would eventually become the Walther P.38.  The P.38 was a cutting ... Read more

Featured Gun: Nighthawk Custom Costa Recon 1911 Pistol!

Nighthawk Custom, makers of one of the of the world’s finest 1911 pistols, has earned solidified its reputation over the years.

Every part used in Nighthawk Custom 1911 pistols have been fully machined from bar stock billet steel and are oversized to later be hand fit. Starting with oversized, raw parts, ... Read more

A Few Thoughts on the Relevance of the Browning Hi-Power

By James Martineau,

Among the most popular of pistols throughout the last century has been Browning’s Hi-Power. Highly popular in both military, LE and civilian circles, the Hi-Power proved itself in combat and competition. It was developed by John Browning and began production in 1936. The Hi-Power was innovative as it ... Read more

Firearms Designer Spotlight: Fedor Tokarev

By James Martineau,

The interwar period in the Soviet Union saw the rapid modernization of the Soviet military’s small arms. The Nagant 1895 and the Mosin-Nagant M91/30 were quickly becoming obsolete as military firearms. A new rifle and sidearm were necessary to bring the Red Army in line with its European ... Read more

A Few Notes on Classic Hammer Fired Wonder Nines

By James Martineau,

Wonder nines are pistols that have defined the modern handgun. The evolution of the standard police firearm from the revolver to the double stack 9mm was largely due to the success of wonder nines developed in the 1970s. The ability to quickly load 15 rounds in detachable mags while ... Read more

A Historical Overview of CZ Handguns During the Cold War Era

By James Martineau,

With the fall of the Third Reich in 1945, Czechoslovakia found itself under the influence of the Soviet Union. The Czech state firearms manufacture, Česká Zbrojovka (CZ) found itself being regulated by the Soviet Union. Much like the standardization of rounds in NATO, the Soviet Union standardized its ... Read more