Special Edition: Vintage and Classic Firearms 2017 Edition

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curioThe Curio And Relic FFL — For Gun Guys With A Yen For The Classics, It’s Truly The “Key To The Kingdom.”

The .44 Lancer — John Lachuk’s Home-Brewed Powerhouse Pre-Dated The .44 Mag.

A Death In El Paso — John Wesley Hardin’s Last Hand At The Acme Saloon.

rimfireRimfire Ripper! — The GSG .22 MP40 Is A Quieter,
Semi-Auto Echo Of Germany’s Legendary WWII “Burp Gun.”

Allied Handguns — What Were Once Easily Affordable WWII Surplus Staples Are Now Classics. With A Capital “C.”

Sniping With A Tommy Gun — Just How Effective Is
The Thompson SMG At “Long Yardage?”

axis_gunsAxis Handguns Of WWII — Surplus Sidearms From “The Dark Side”
Combine Innovative Features With Historic Appeal.

Ugly Yet Functional — World War II Soviet Small Arms Were Used For And Against Mother Russia And Then Fought Against The Free World For Decades To Follow.

let_ripLet ’Er Rip! — The Light Machine Gun Fully Evolved Into A Much-Feared
“Infantry Equalizer” During World War II.

Smith & Wesson’s Model 52 .38 Master — This Classic Bull’s-Eye Semi-Auto Is Chambered For The .38 Special Mid-Range Wadcutter.

p_38_historyHistory’s Great P38 — Germany’s Groundbreaking WWII Sidearm Set The Stage For Generations Of Double-Action 9mm Service Pistols.

Japan’s WWI Handguns — Odd, Yes, But Mostly Functional.

The Star Model B 9mm — “For Those Who Prefer
‘Cocked-And-Locked’ Carry, It’s Perfect.”

just_enoughJust Enough Gun — Making The Case For The .30 M1 Carbine As A Home Defender.

Rust Bluing DIY-Style — How To Get The Results Your Classic Deserves.

Reloading The .44 Special — It May Be The Most Important
Handgun Cartridge Of The 20th Century.

no_mans_landNo Man’s Land Is Ours! — British Scout/Snipers Armed With The Excellent
Rifle, No. 4 (T), Last And Best Of The Lee Enfields, Were A Dominating Force In WWII.

The Star .380 ACP Model D — A “Mini-Me” To The 1911.

Iron Curtain Innovation — “What Might Have Been… The Czech cZ52.

A Pair & A Spare… And A Surprise — Another Take On The “Taffin” Concept.

Gun-Fusion Or “Gunfusion?” — Revisiting The Smython

montanaSmall Arms Of Fury — The Filmakers Did A Fine Job Of
Outfitting The Soldiers In This Movie.

The First Squeeze – Bore — Military Necessity Trumps Safety Captured Russian Were Modified By The Austro/Hungarians In Ways Arms Designers Never Imagined!

The Impossible Python — How A Passionate Colt Gunsmith Accomplished The Incredible.

The Century Arms C308 — Think: HK91A2, CETME Or G3 — But For Only $750!

Necessity’s Child — Our Revolution Put An End To British Reliance On American Rifleman. The Royal Solution? Putting The Pattern 1776 Rifle In The Hands Of Elite Troops, Such As The Queen’s Rangers.

A Pistol With Punch — Reid’s “My Friend” Knuckleduster
Was Designed For Extremely Close Personal Defense.

axis_gunsAxis Handguns Of World War II — Surplus Sidearms From “The Dark Side” Combine Innovative Features With Historic Appeal.

Best Grip To Grab? — It’s A Wrap! Despite Its Ancient Vintage, When It Comes To Single Actions, The Large Grip Frame Of The Colt 1860 Army Is King.

The Tragedy Of The Starr Carbine — Early Faith In This Pre-Civil
War Design Was Spoiled By Issuing Of The Wrong Ammunition.

Lever-Action Deluxe — Tasteful Tradition: Thanks To Doug Turnbull And Miroku, Navy Arms’ Model 1873 .357 Magnum Is Several Cuts Above The Ordinary.

military_surplusMil-Surp Magic — Affordable Authenticity: Whether It’s An Allied Outfitting Or An Axis-Accessorizing, World War Supply Is A “Dream Depot.”

Black Powder Cartridge Ballistics — Cartridge Performance
Back In The 1800’s Was Limited By The Propellant.

The .38 & .44 WCF — Winchester’s Two Most Popular Old West
Cartridges Served Equally Well In Revolvers Of The Day.

miliary_defenseMilitary Surplus For Self-Defense? — Good Reasons To Just Say “No”

Historic Holsters — Legendary Leather Of The Masters.

The Remington No. 1 Rolling Block — This Simple, Rugged Action Was Made In The Millions.

The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde — The End Of A Legendary Bandit Duo.

Treinta-Treinta! — Our Classic .30-30 Is Equally Revered South Of The Border.

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Special Edition: Vintage and Classic Firearms 2016 Edition

Here’s a look inside this giant 180 page edition and why it should be your “go-to resource” for upgrading your gun collection. Order here and save $3 off the newsstand price!

GS16_F42If Looks Could Kill … — Re-Creating Germany’s WWII Fallschirmjäger 42.
The Elegant Sharps Borchardt — The Swan Song Of The Sharps Rifle Co. Was Perhaps The Best Single-Shot Rifle Of Its Era.
Steel From The Sky — Paratrooper Knives: One-Handed Opening For When The “Opening Shock” Wears Off.GS16_paraknf

Breaking The Seal — A Day At The Range With An Iron Curtain Classic — The SKs.
Persnickety Pair — World War II Japanese Sniper Rifles: A Frustrating Undertaking!
The Guns Of August 1914 — Seven Main Rifles Clashed 100 Years Ago On European Battlefields As The “War To End All Wars” Began.
GS16_airbrnArmed And Airborne — Firepower From The Sky: Guns Of World War II Paratroopers.
Guns Of The Plains Indians — Modern Archaeology Tells Us How They Were Armed.
Parlez-Vous Remington? — How A Humble American Single-Shot Helped Save France.GS16_snglsht
German Sniper Systems — The German Army’s Bewildering Array Of Scopes And Mounting Systems During WWII.
The Unknown Sniper — Grandfather To The Scout Program: Chief Warrant Officer Arthur Terry’s Untold Story.
Lob ’Em If You Got ’Em — Bumping The Cool Factor — M203 Grenade Launcher.
Thumbin’ His Way Home — Long Separated From His Colt Single Actions — Duke Returns To His First Love.
Emergency Stopgap — Italy’s Vetterli M70/87/15.
GS16_AKAll-American AK — The Red Army Standard 47 From Century International Arms.
A “Commission” Got It Right? — Almost! The Imperial German Army’s Gew 88 Part 1.
The Long Road Of War Pt. II — Imperial Germany’s Gew 88 Saw Much Modification And Widespread Use.
World War II M1 Garands — Built And Rebuilt: The M1’s Long Career As Our Nation’s Main Battle Rifle.
Classy Vs. Crude — Tommy Gun, Grease Gun: Our Two Vintage WWII .45 SMGs Represented Two Approaches Toward Rapid-Fire Supremacy. Which One Would You Choose?
The Mitchell Ppsh 41/22 — A “Fun Gun” Version Of The Iconic Soviet Submachine Gun.
Buzz Gun — A Study Of Five WWII Submachineguns In 9mm, .45 ACP And 7.62×25.
Good Enough For Government Work — Army Accurized National Match .45’s: Winning Groups — And Premium Prices!
Whispers Of Mossad — CIA Imports A Mysterious Beretta Model 71.
Classic Finish — Turnbull Manufacturing Brings A Touch Of Beauty To The Modern Sporting Rifle And Recreates The Finish And Style Of The Original M1911.
GS16_treasureUntapped Militaria Treasures — Affordable History At Your Fingertips.
Henry Deringer’s Pocket Pistol — And The Cartridge Versions Born From His Concept.
Pickin’ A Pair — What Would Gun Buying Circa 1880 Be Like?
GS16_govissue“Government Issue” — Small Arms Of Many Nations Helped Write The History Of The Turbulent 20th Century.
It’s Off To Pour I Go! — Confessions Of A Bullet Mold Junkie.
Cast Away — No, You Don’t Have To Stick With Jacketed Bullets In Your Pet Semi-Auto Pistol. Really.
Roll Call! — Rifle Calibers Of World War II: A Combatant-By-Combatant Survey.
The “Parallel Ruler” Pistol — Before The 1911, John Browning Took A Different Path.
GS16_burstHistory By The Burst — Why Waltz When You Can Rock And Roll?
The Awesome Lemat — A Huge And Hard-Hitting Civil War Pistol.
The Original Perfect Pocket Auto – The Colt Models Of 1903 & 1908.
Battle Tested! Beretta’s Rack-Grade GI 92fs/M9 — The USA’s First Fight-Winning 9mm — Still Performing 30 Years Later.
Colt .45 Peacemaker — Still An Enduring, Legendary Revolver After 140 Years
The War Baby! Books — The Chronicle Of The Little M1 Carbine Is Brought To Life In Three Volumes.

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2015 GUNS Magazine Special Edition of Vintage and Classic Firearms Available Now

Inside This GIANT 180 page Special Edition:

Browning Hi-Power — JMB’s “Other” Pistol.

Resurrecting An Uzi — “The Mother Of All Handguns.”

Big Fifty — Our First 1/2-Inch Military Caliber.

Soviet PSH-41 — A Russian Military Icon.

RPK Squad — Automatic Weapon An Underappreciated Masterpiece.


Colt 1911 — A Legend And So Much More.

The Thompson — An American Icon.

Time Travel And Resurrecting The Dead — World War Supply Transports You.


Shooting Grandpa’s Broomhandle — Mauser C96.

VZ2008 (VZ58) — A Modern-Made Piece Of History.

STG44 — A Radical Rimfire Rendition.

SAS Combat Dagger — The Untold Story Of The UK-SFK.

A Hero Of WWII — The Mosin-Nagant M91/30.

Tang Sights — The “Sign Of A Serious Marksman.”

The French Berthier — The World’s Ugliest Battle Rifle.

Return Of The Old Favorite … Almost — Field Testing A .22 WRM Classic.

Smith & Wesson — N-Frames The Early Years.

Rugged Rugers — A Look Back At The Influence Of Ruger’s Rifles.

The Most Famous Rifle Of Texas! Recreating Colonel Crockett’s Rifle At The Battle Of The Alamo.

American Military Rifle Cartridges — The US Government Arsenals Created Our Most Enduring Rounds.

The Lepage Target Pistols — From An Elegent Era Of Paper-Punching.

Spain’s FR-8 — What’s A Country To Do With Its Old Bolt-Action Rifles?

Factory Letters — Some Surprises May Await You.

My Favorite Military Rifle — US Model 1903A3

Black Powder Cartridge Pistols — Capable Of Delivering Power, Precision And Reliability.

NAA Boot Guns — When First And Second Choices Aren’t Practical.

Peacemaker Specialists — Crafting Fighting SAA’s.

The Gun Show Blues — If It Sounds Too Good To Be True…

Should You Cast Bullets? — Yes. No. Well, Maybe…

Western Movies Live! Righteous Guns And Gear.

Military .22s — Lots Of Fun To Collect And Shoot.

The Paterson Colt Revolver — This 5-Shooter Kick-Started The 6-Shooter Era.

Surplus Training Ammo — 4,800 Fps With A 1903 Springfield!

Loading Paper-Patch Bullets — A Timeless Rx For Lead Fouling.

Bison Hunting — It’s Not What You Think.

The Foundlings — Which Sleeping Dogs Should Be Left To Lie?


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2014 Print Edition Sold Out. PDF Download Edition Still Available!

Inside The GUNS Magazine Surplus, Vintage & Classic
Special Edition Summer/Fall 2014

The GUNS Magazine Surplus Special Edition provides
an in depth look at vintage, military, classics,
reproduction guns and accessories that appeal to
every gun collector, history buff and gun enthusiasts.


doublegunTHE DOUBLE GUN — The Side-By-Side Shotguns.

RETURN OF THE M40 SCOUT SNIPER — The Marine’s Remington 700.

THE BUFFALO HUNTERS AND THEIR RIFLES — Image Polishing & Myth Busting.

SPINNING THE WHEEL — Taffin’s Top 10 Tips For Smoking With The Double-Action Sixguns.

THE GUN WITHIN — What Characteristics Make A Gun A Keeper.


militaTHE OTHER COLT SINGLE ACTIONS — The Many Variations Of The Popular Revolver.

“THE BULLET HOSE” — PPSH-41 Submachine Gun.

BERETTA GOES WEST — New Models From Uberti.

MR K’S YUGO — The Ubiquitous Opposition Rifle.


THE SCHUETZEN RIFLE — Made For The Gentlemanly Sport Of 200-Yard Target Shooting.

EUROPE DISCOVERS THE CARTRIDGE — The American Civil War Spurs Worldwide Firearm Development.

doubleCIMARRON’S CENTENNIAL MODEL — The Winchester 1876 .45-60 Is Reborn.

HULL STUFFIN’ — Shoot More Cowboy Loads For Less And Better.

TAYLOR & CO. SPENCER .56-50 — The Indian War’s Version Of Our Military’s First Good Repeater.

BATTLEFIELD TACK DRIVER — The Model 1903 Springfield In WW1.

BRITAIN’S BIG .577 SNIPER — One Of The Great Fun Guns Of The Surplus World.

HUNTING HANDLOADS-THE OLD TIMEY WAY — Black Powder Cartridges Harvest Deer And Elk Just Fine.


DAISY SAGA — Still Going Strong After Nearly 120 Years.

SIGHT CRANKIN’ — You Can Do This At Home.

GUN GIVEAWAY — Bravo Company Manufacturing Giveaway.

NEW PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT — Hot new products you must have!

SURPLUS LOCKER ARTICLES: By Holt Bodinson/ MONTANA MUSINGS ARTICLES: By Mike “Duke” Venturino — Hot new products you must have!

RESOURCE GUIDE — Catalog Of Surplus Guns, Uniforms, Ammunition And Accessories.

Plus much more; 178 Pages Of Surplus, Vintage & Classic Gun Articles. Includes New Products You Must Have! Gun Giveaway; GUNS Surplus 2014 Resource Guide.

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This Special Edition Has Even More Surplus, Vintage & Classic Guns!

Inside The GUNS Magazine Surplus, Vintage & Classic 2013 Special Edition Summer/Fall

THE AMERICAN EXCALIBUR: Jim Bowie’s Lethal Legacy.

CAPLOCK REVOVLERS: Now In The Third Millennium.

GUNS OF THE LATE UNPLEASENTNESS: Arms Of The Cavalry And Artilery.

CIMARRON CARTRIDGE CONVERSIONS:: Replicas, Better Than The Orginals.

THE REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK: The Other American Buffalo Rifle.

WINNERS OF LOSERS? It’s 1880. Which Repeating Rifle Would You Buy?

AUTO RETRO: USFA Steps Into The 20th Century.


ITALY’S MANNLICHER-CARCANO: A Good Rifle With A Bad Reputation.

THE 1905 COLT .45 ACP:This Dead End Begat A Legend.

A “SPECIAL” BIRTHDAY! The .44 Special Turns 100.

ITALIAN SHOULDER ARMS OF WWII: The Italians Turn Desperate.

WWI CLASSIC RETUNRS: Smith & Wesson Model 1917 .45 ACP.

FEEDING OLD MILITARY RIFLES: Get Them Shooting – Accurately.

CONFESSIONS OF A CAST BULLET NERD! Don’t Bother Me – I’m Pouring Lead.

DEATH FROM AFAR: World War II Sniper Rifles In Europe.

Plus much more; 180 Pages Of Surplus, Vintage & Classic Gun Articles. Includes New Products You Must Have! Gun Giveaway; GUNS Surplus 2013 Resource Guide.

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11 thoughts on “Surplus

  1. Charles Berry

    Spring/Summer issue ” Great” Read it cover to cover
    Question ? Where were the images of WW1 manniquins in uniform Austrian, German, US , and French from? Your own sources or a Museum? Just curious. Great reference. Can’t wait til next issue

  2. Steve Adair

    I really enjoyed the new Surplus magazine. I have two requests: 1) I would like to be able to suscribe to Surplus. 2) I would like to be able to download a digital edition like we can for Guns or American Handgunner.
    Thank you!!

  3. Craig Snodgrass

    Where do I subscribe to “Surplus”? I’ve talked to Mike several and he is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met, when it comes to milsurp. He is responsable for my addiction to collecting these fine weapons. Sign me up…Craig Snodgrass

  4. Wm. Dayman

    Great addition. Cannot wait until the next issue comes out.
    Being a member of the COFF (Canadian Old Farts Foundation) I really enjoy these Surplus Issues.

  5. thomas wells

    just got summer/fall edition of surplus firearms. Why are so many of the listed suppliers no longer carrying the featured firearms? Specifically Gibbs and Beretta no longer have the rifles or handguns featured!

  6. T.Kampert

    Been looking for “Surplus” in stores and book racks all over the place…still have not found it. Where can I get a copy..or..subscribe?

  7. Drew Simpson

    I seen what I believe was you guy’s magazine that had a flamethrower article inside. I would like to purchase that particular magazine if their still available…thank you


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