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1955: A Classic...

.357 Magnum Python — Colt was also affected by the great things happening in 1955 and as a result, gave us their greatest double-action sixgun ever. Some...
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Cowboy Action...

Without reservation cowboy action shooting as is promoted by the SASS or Single Action Shooting Society is very popular and grows more so daily. It is a...
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Gary Reeder's...

If the old adage, “bigger is better,” is true, how far can it go? The answer may be near. I think the late great Elmer Keith originated the art of...
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The Searcher

Pictured in the 1955 First Edition of Sixguns are Keith’s personal 4-inch 1950 Target .44 Special, as well as son Ted’s 5-inch 1950 .44 Special. Someday...
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Ruger Doubles Down

Two on two: We turned Mike Humphries and Roy Huntington loose on two new Ruger handguns. These were the SP101 5-shot .357 and the .380 “Anniversary” LCP.
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Tale Of The...

Police officers, county sheriffs, and highway patrolmen enjoyed a strong, healthy relationship with the original S&W .357 Magnum six-gun. Gangsters and...
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Concealed Carry On The...

Flying with guns isn’t hard, but I didn’t want to pack an arsenal. I needed a single compact yet powerful handgun along with the carry gear to hide it....
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Five Beans In The Wheel?

It’s an argument as old as time, or at least since 1976 when The Shootist hit the silver screen. It is one of my favorite John Wayne movies but one I hate...
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IDPA ENHANCED SERVICE...

From the beginning in 1996, revolvers handling full-moon clips dominated competition. They were simply faster to reload than any kind of speedloader using...
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The West Goes South

Anyone handling a single-action revolver or any firearm for that matter should be prepared to forget everything they have ever seen on the silver screen and...
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Perfecting The Ruger Vaquero

Nearly a century ago Elmer Keith began writing about his custom sixguns. He inspired a lot of others and the basis for most of these personal pistols was...
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S&W's Model 460XVR

All arguments about which is the most powerful revolver became moot in 2003 when Smith & Wesson introduced the X-Frame .500 S&W Magnum with the capability...
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Smith & Wesson N-Frames...

In their first half century they came in four basic versions. Collectors today call them Hand Ejector; 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Models.
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The Mag-Na-Port Mongoose!

The Ruger Birdshead Single-Six Vaquero was a limited run several years ago.
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Cimarron Pistoleer For...

The Pistoleer is a faithful reproduction of a design more than a couple hundred years old. When we pull the trigger, this gun will go bang and large lead...
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Bowen Classic Arms

Hamilton Bowen is a cherished friend, a benchmark leader in custom revolver building, witty, and — dare I say it — even charming at times.
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AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

The Smith & Wesson .357 Combat Magnum was one of the most iconic handguns of the 20th Century.
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WWI Classic Returns

As a general rule double action revolvers don’t have the historical aura around them, as do ones like the S&W Model No. 3 “Schofield” single action...
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PEACEMAKERS & SCHOFIELDS

Some time ago in another gun magazine, a writer said something to the effect, “Although Smith & Wesson’s Model No. 3 Schofield was a superior design,...
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Linebaugh Light Loads

One thing handloading has taught me over the years is there’s two ways of doing it. When most start handloading, they look at maximum loads, wondering if...
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SUPERBLY SUITABLE

Skeeter Skelton would surely smile on such .44 Special sixguns as these.
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Real Wheel Guns

When the fertile brains at Smith & Wesson and Thunder Ranch got together a few years ago, the result was something special — the Thunder Ranch Defense...
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Compromise Part 8: ...

Like so many sixgunners before him, and especially those from his generation, sixgunsmith Dick Casull had looked upon the Colt Single Action as the best...
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Light As Feathers

It is quite embarrassing for a gunwriter who has made most of a career out of covering antique, obsolete, classic and historical firearms to admit an...
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A “Special” Happy...

S&W celebrated the young 20th-century by lengthening the venerable .44 Russian case from .97" to 1.06" and creating a new cartridge for the new century...
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Taylor & Company "1858 The...

When I first saw the Taylor’s & Company’s snub-nosed, cap & ball 1858 Remington with a conversion cylinder to shoot .45 Colt, it instantly struck me as...
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Black Powder Sixguns

Looking for the best load for percussion sixguns is not all that different from cartridge-firing sixguns in the endless possibility of choices
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Ruger BirdShead Wrangler

The .22 LR Ruger Wrangler has been around a couple of years now and is a favorite among all kinds of shooters.
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Tank’s Five Favorite...

Of all the cartridges I load, the .45 Colt is my favorite. Sure, there are better cartridges for certain applications, but no other cartridge stands-in and...
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Compromise Part VII: The #5

On the Fourth of July in 1925 a young cowboy decided to celebrate by firing his Colt .45 Single Action.
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Cimarron Cartridge Conversions

Replicas of nearly every Colt and Remington single action, Winchester levergun, Sharps, Springfield, and Winchester single-shots from Cimarron make it very...
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THE REDOUBTABLE RUGER SP101

Unusually rugged for its size, this accurate revolver is a favorite among serious shooters and pistol-packers.
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Goddesses Of The Gun Vault

Large handguns are impressive. They suggest massive power in terms of payload delivered — and felt recoil. Today’s oversized handguns began with the...
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THE COLT OFFICIAL POLICE

Ninety-nine years of protecting Americans is not a bad legacy. When you hold an Official Police, you hold a piece of history.
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The Colt Trooper

If you’re going to make a case for the 1950s as being the Golden Age of double-action revolvers, it’s going to be a fairly easy task because you’re...
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Compromise Part VI: The...

The roots of the Ruger Bisley go back to the 1st Generation Colt Single Actions from which the original Bisley came.
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Gemini Customs Ruger GP100

“The Ruger GP100 is a lot like a small block Chevrolet engine to me,” Marc explained. “The same basic foundation can be configured into sidearms of...
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Cast Loads For...

In a world of striker-fired, poly-framed, semi-auto shell shuckers, Springfield Armory surprised everyone with an old school, forged billet all-steel shooter.
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Smith & Wesson's 50th...

S&W Set The Bar For Magnum Handgun Performance 50 Years Ago. The Smith & Wesson Model 29 is the sixgun by which all other .44 Magnums are judged.
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Ruger Old Army

Colt had produced five Dragoon Models from 1847 to the early 1850s, consisting of the original Walker, the Whitneyville Walker Dragoon/Transition Model, and...
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A Most-Heinous Offense

A friend, to whom I have bestowed the nickname “Shrapnel” for reasons too involved to cover here, recently accused me of a most heinous offense. This...
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Seven Reasons Why You...

Why the Ruger LCRx in .327 Federal Magnum is the ideal EDC revolver.
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