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JOHN TAFFIN'S LOOK BACK ON A LIFETIME WITH GUNS
Perfect Packin’ Pistol...

The fourth cartridge in this series is from Smith & Wesson, chambered in a swing-out cylinder double-action revolver — the .45 Auto Rim.
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Perfect Packin’ Pistol...

The origin of the .45 Colt goes back to the early 1870s. When the military called for tests to select a new sidearm, Colt produced the 1871-72 Open Top.
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Perfect Packin’ Pistol...

We continue our look at the Personification of the Perfect Packin’ Pistol by concentrating on 4" double-action Smith & Wesson sixguns by remembering these...
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Personification of the ...

From the Taffin Dictionary of Sixgunning — “Perfect Packin’ Pistol is a title given to a sixgun or semi-automatic with a barrel not less than 4", nor...
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The special .44 Special

At the dawn of the 20th century America Smith & Wesson introduced the New Century revolver.
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Tyler Gun Works .22 Magnum...

Bill Ruger apparently always looked back into history to find inspiration for many of his projects.
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Everything Happens For A...

When we left off last month I had a bandaged foot with orders to stay off work for a week.
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Which road to travel?

nyone who cannot look back down their personal Road of Life and see many, many roads — which ones were chosen and the effect it had on life — has just...
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How I learned to stop...

“The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry,” said poet Bobby Burns. John Steinbeck took this as his theme for his novel Of Mice and Men....
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Remembering Walter Rodgers

I was still a junior in high school when GUNS Magazine first appeared in January 1955. The printed page had a major effect on me, especially some of the...
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The .44 Russian

In 1870 the United States Military purchased 1,000 Smith & Wesson .44 American revolvers. However, they were not satisfied with this first cartridge-firing...
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A Half-Century With...

The year was 1935. In the midst of the 6th year of the Great Depression Smith & Wesson introduced the world’s most powerful handgun: the .357 Magnum.
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A Half-Century With...

December 1954. The Senate censures Senator Joe McCarthy; Bing Crosby is starring in White Christmas; Davy Crockett is fighting Indians on Disneyland; RCA...
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The First Forty-Fours: Part 2

Continued from last month — Life is full of trade-offs and while the Walker and Dragoon revolvers had plenty of power, their 4-lb. plus weight made most...
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The First Forty-Fours

Mention “.44” today and most people immediately think of the .44 Magnum. However, the .44 Magnum did not just suddenly appear on the scene.
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“This Gun Won’t Shoot!”

I recently received a call from my friend Jim Martin. Jim is an even older guy than I am, an expert in fast draw and gun spinning, a top-notch tunesmith...
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Seriously Seeking Someday

How are your Somedays coming along? Someday I am going to go there; Someday I am going to do this. Most of us spend much of our lives contemplating Somedays.
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A Half Century With...

The year was 1953. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, known to everyone as Ike, is inaugurated president on Jan. 20; Stalin our enemy, then our “friend” in...
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Kismet, Coincidence — or?

I try to live my life by faith daily, as all of us do one way or the other. At the very least we have faith in the physical.
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‘Cordially, Gordon Boser’

A few weeks ago I received a packet of information from one of our readers. As so often happens, this proved to be a gold mine of information.
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Pride of Ownership

Jack Pender was a very special friend who died of lung cancer in the ’90s when he was much too young. If we are blessed we make a few very close friends...
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A Half Century With...

The year was 1954. The words “under God” were added to the Pledge of Allegiance and the Dow reached an all time high of 382.74. Elvis was telling us...
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Keep Shootin’

In Part I last month I explained change is inevitable and as we grow older, things we do not necessarily desire are forced upon us.
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How to keep shootin’...

We live in an ever-changing world. Everything around us is always changing and we ourselves are always changing.
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The Perfect Packin’ Rifle

My passion for most of my life has been sixguns but not far behind this is the same feeling for leverguns. Now, at this stage of my life, I am expanding my...
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Skinner Sights Aims to Please

There are several ways to equip a lever-action rifle with sights and most shooters, at least those of us who have been around for a while, need something...
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Bucket Lists

I would’ve been all of 10 years old when Tex Ritter sang the mournful lyrics: “Oh my buckets got a hole in it; Yes my buckets got a hole in it;
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Cimarron’s Colt...

Charles Richards was an assistant factory superintendent at Colt and was awarded three major patents for breech loading firearms, including the Richards...
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