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Ruger Old Model Single-Six...

Bill Ruger’s Standard Model pistol (1949) and the Single-Six revolver (1953) pretty much set the rimfire handgun market on its ear.
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Battle-Damaged Weapons

The canteen likely does more to sustain a soldier’s life in combat but a soldier’s individual weapon is his most cherished possession.
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L2A3 Sterling Submachine Gun

In 1982 British and Argentine forces faced off across some of the most desolate terrain on earth.
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M1891 Carcano Rifle

Like cats, people seem to dislike Carcanos for no good reason. Unfortunately, the weapon’s main claim to fame among Americans is forever tied
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The US Model Of 1911 And...

Quite A Journey For One Of The Most Successful Military Pistols Ever. Most readers of this magazine realize 1911’s are the most popular and prolific of...
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The Walther MPL

In the 1970s West Berlin stood 100 miles inside communist-controlled territory, a tragically flawed testament to post-World War II geopolitical acrimony.
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The G43: WWII’s Runner-Up

“This is quite a gun. Quite a gun. I did a lot of choppin’ in the war with a gun like this.”
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The Model 58 Winchester

My first experience with the rifle was watching my Dad use it on a marauding skunk who’d busted into our pigeon coop in the mid-1950s. I was an awestruck...
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The Czech G24(t) Rifle

There is a curious institutional intimacy associated with the practice of medicine. As a physician I am frequently called upon to get fairly deeply into...
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Number 4 Lee-Enfield Rifle

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 American...

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 Rifle

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 Positive...

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 Tactical Imports...

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 carbine

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 Armory VRBP-100

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 Tactical...

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 Thunder

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’ Trapdoor:...

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.
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The Elegant Ross Sporter

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 & Classic...

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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