The Colt Detective Special
The Colt Detective Special
Twenty years before Smith and Wesson gave the world their Chief's Special, Colt pioneered the snub-nosed revolver. A handy six-shooter with a 2-inch barrel, the Colt gun was revolutionary for its day and is still viable n ...
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Shopping for Old 22s
Shopping for Old 22s
With the craze for black rifles, all things 5.56, and 'high-capacity', there may be no better time to shop for great deals on old rimfire rifles. Odds are there are a few dozen of them gathering dust within just a few mil ...
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A Gunspeak Primer
A Gunspeak Primer
If you read enough gun articles, hang out at shooting ranges, and peruse the gun shows enough, you find out that firearms owners and users have their own language. For the benefit of those not fully fluent, we here at Fir ...
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Spanish 1911 The Star Model B 9mm
Spanish 1911 The Star Model B 9mm
When I was poking around the evidence room one night years ago, I saw what I took to be a Colt 1911-series 45ACP with a funny grip. On closer inspection, I found that it was neither a Colt, nor a 45 at all. I held it up t ...
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Your Own Personal Firearms Trinity
Your Own Personal Firearms Trinity
Odds are if you are reading this drivel, you probably own a few guns. Estimates say that something about 300-million firearms are in the possession of more than 80-million owners. This translates into 3-4 guns per each gu ...
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The British Martini Henry Rifle
The British Martini Henry Rifle
One of the most iconic rifles of the late 19th century was the Martini-Henry. While it didn't have anything to do with the drink, this very British design (with American undertones) was revolutionary for its time and is s ...
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Holster Retention levels 101
Holster Retention levels 101
When shopping for a holster, you will often find yourself confronted with the terms Level I, Level II etc. in relation to the retention properties of your selection. Here is a quick explanation of these levels to help you ...
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The Improvised Smith Gun of WWII
The Improvised Smith Gun of WWII
In the first part of World War 2, things did not go too well for Great Britain. The island country found itself, for a long period, alone and isolated, with the armies of Hitler just a channel away from their shores. To f ...
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Pattons Colt 45 Single Action Army
Pattons Colt 45 Single Action Army
General George Smith Patton, Jr. (11 November 1885 21 December 1945), is a legend in US military history. In his 60-years of life, he spent the majority of it wearing one uniform or another and died on active service. For ...
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Muff Pistols
Muff Pistols
In the colonial era, there was known to be the occasional ruffian and bad apple that walked around in public. Middle class tradesmen and merchants, as well as upper class landowners and gentry often found themselves trave ...
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