SURPLUS, CLASSIC & TACTICAL

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Number 4 ...

I’ve never regretted money spent on a military surplus gun. However, the 1945 Canadian No. 4 Mk 1 Lee-Enfield in this story was one of the best deals of...
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The MAS 36

France’s role in the design and development of cutting-edge small arms often gets overlooked, often by those casting a jaundiced eye toward the...
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The M1 Carbine

Born and bred in World War II, over six million M1-, M1A1-, M2- and M3-carbines were made in total from 1942 to 1945.
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The British L66A1

In the 1970s Northern Ireland was a tinderbox. The ongoing ethno-nationalist conflagration was called simply “The Troubles,” and it ultimately claimed...
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Swiss Model 1889...

The Swiss Infanterie Repetier Gewehr M1889 (Infantry Repeating Rifle Model 1889) and its M90 (7.5 x 53.5mm) smokeless powder cartridge were the mountainous...
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The Colt Police...

Ask Colt revolver fans to list as many D-Frame models as they can and chances are the results will include fairly well-known names — many decidedly snaky.
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The HK VP70Z

Each Heckler and Koch VP70 sported a detachable shoulder stock and a radical polymer frame.
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American...

If you asked AK enthusiasts to rate the varied models of the venerable Galil by their quality of manufacture and shootability, the Israeli Galil, and...
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Browning Auto-5

In addition to the 1911 pistol, Browning designed every major machinegun used by the U.S. armed forces during World War II.
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Johnson Model 1941

When the U.S. military selects a new rifle or pistol, some mighty fine “also-rans” are the inevitable result. Want a relatively recent example?
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Sharps’ .50-70...

If there ever were a name to conjure up strong images of Western battles and big game hunts, it would be the name Sharps.
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Rock Island...

Bullpups are a fascinating breed and they’ve charmed shooters and weapons’ engineers for decades. It’s no accident in an era of highly mobile,...
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Ruger PC Carbine...

When I was growing up, Ruger’s first entry into the long gun market was their unique .44 Magnum Carbine introduced in 1960. It was a head-turner.
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Rolling-Block...

While the American Civil War was raging, the U.S. Navy was already casting about for a metallic cartridge replacement for their cap-and-ball revolvers.
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The RPK Squad

It’s easy to write off the RPK as an uninspired solution to a thorny tactical problem. The action is standard Kalashnikov, the barrel is fixed and the...
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The ‘Other’...

Springfield Trapdoors abound at gun shows, gun shops, pawnshops and in private collections. Some are so beat up they surely were in the Indian Wars. Others...
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The Elegant Ross...

You wouldn’t have recognized the elderly, and obviously eccentric, man roaming the wharves and streets of St. Petersburg, FL. Dressed in pajama bottoms,...
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Surplus Vintage...

If you look closely at the table of contents, you'll undoubtedly notice a theme — a World War I theme to be exact.
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