During World War II, Imperial Japanese soldiers were armed with Arisaka bolt-action rifles. There were two types: Type 38 and Type 99. The Type 99 Arisaka was issued to soldiers as an improvement on the Type 38 with a larger round and other upgrades. The Type 99 is regarded as ... Read more
At the time of its invention more than 80 years ago, the PPK inspired an entirely new category in the firearm industry: the concealed carry pistol. To fill the need for performance in a concealable package, Walther revolutionized the industry with a pistol that was designed to bring undercover officers ... Read more
The American made AR-15 rifle is a pillar of the gun industry, it is one of the most popular rifles for consumers and lodged into American culture as a symbol of freedom and prestige. The AR-15 was developed in the late 1950s as a civilian weapon by Eugene Stoner. Revolutionary ... Read more
When Germany fell into economic depression after World War I, its military sought to replace the infamous, relatively fragile, and expensive to manufacture Luger with a more modern and easy to manufacture pistol. The German Military found its solution in what would eventually become the Walther P.38.
The P.38 was a ... Read more
The Sporting Purpose Automatic Shotgun, more commonly known as the SPAS-12, was introduced in 1979 by Franchi and ceased producing it in 1999. However, importation of the SPAS-12 into the United States ceased in 1994 under the Federal Assault Weapons ban because of the folding stock and semi-automatic capability.
Designed for ... Read more
The Heckler & Koch P7 is one of the most coveted and valued pistols within its inventory of legendary handguns. Billed as “the best combat pistol” on the market at the time, the P7 is no longer manufactured which has in turn lead its’ value to climb since its’ ... Read more
The Colt Single Action Army revolver is one of the most recognizable and replicated handguns in history. No Colt revolver has earned greater fame than the Single Action Army. Playing a pivotal role as one of the guns that helped win the West, Colt’s Single Action Army was used by ... Read more
ArmaLite produced a variety of cutting-edge firearms during the late 1950s and early 60s. Many are still in use to this day, including the military M-16, its M4 sibling currently fielded by American troops and the commercial AR-15.
However, in some ways, ArmaLite’s lesser-known AR-18/180 was ahead of its time. The ... Read more
The Gewehr 98, a German bolt-action rifle firing the powerful 7.92×57mm Mauser cartridge replaced the earlier Gewehr 1888 rifle as the standard German service rifle and was the main German infantry weapon of World War I. The Gewehr 98 was issued to the military by the Ottoman Empire and by ... Read more
Thanks to its loyal following among target shooters, the AR-15 is a pillar of the gun industry, one of the most popular rifles for consumers and lodged into American culture. The AR-15 was developed in the late 1950s as a civilian weapon by Eugene Stoner. Revolutionary for its lightweight, easy ... Read more
Arcadia Machine & Tool was the first company to produce a 1911 pattern pistol made entirely of stainless steel. It introduced its standard 1911 type pistol called the Hardballer which was produced with a long slide. The name Hardballer derives from the round-nose hardball .45 ACP ammunition the gun fired. ... Read more
The Springfield Model 1873 was the first standard-issue, breech-loading rifle adopted by the United States Army. The gun, in both full-length and carbine versions, was the primary rifle of the United States Army from 1873 to 1892. According to the National Museum of the United States Army, The 10th Cavalry, ... Read more
The Gewehr 43, commonly known as Hitler’s Garand, was developed by the Nazi regime during World War II. Chambered in 7.92×57mm (8mm Mauser), the design went into production in 1943 and were the most common self loading rifle utilized by Nazi forces. The design was based on the earlier Walther ... Read more
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
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
Introduced in 1955, The Colt Python was Colt’s top-of-the-line revolver. It was originally intended to be a large frame, double-action revolver. Almost immediately the Python gained a reputation as the premium American revolver.
It is built on a .41 caliber size frame for extra durability. Like all Colt revolvers, the cylinder ... Read more
In the early 1960s, noted firearms authorities and authors Elmer Keith, Bill Jordan and Skeeter Skelton lobbied Smith & Wesson to fill a perceived gap between the .357 and .44 magnum revolvers. The idea was to give law enforcement a revolver that would help take down bad guys more effectively ... Read more
The Tokarev Model SVT-40 saw widespread service during World War II. The rifle reflects the Soviet’s desire to have a semi-automatic, magazine-fed rifle chambered in a punchy round similar to the American M1 Garand.
The initial reaction of Soviet troops to this rifle was negative. Among the mounting issues were that ... Read more
The Winchester model 1873, world renowned as one of the guns that “won the west” were popular among pioneers, Native American warriors, cattle rustlers, outlaws, and lawmen during the Old West and westward expansion of the United States. Introduced in 1873, Winchester unveiled its new steel-framed Model 1873 chambering the ... Read more
Colt’s popular snake gun revolver series was thrusted into popularity among gun owners with its Python chambered in .357 Magnum. However, Colt’s relatively late entry into the large-bore handgun market raised the stakes with its Anaconda. Chambered in .44 Magnum, the Anaconda was introduced by Colt to compete with other ... Read more
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
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
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 truly iconic rifle and undisputed World War II champion, the M1 Garand asserted its dominance on the battlefields in both the Pacific theater and Europe. Heralded by General George S. Patton as the “greatest battle implement ever devised,” the M-1 Garand was the world’s first successfully fielded semi-automatic ... Read more
By James Martineau,
Firearms have played an essential role in film history since its inception. Often, the firearms become characters themselves and many of them have achieved a cult like status due to their use in popular films. Films such as Dirty Harry, the James Bond film series and Butch Cassidy ... Read more