The Manurhin Walther P1: Made in France?

The names “Walther” and “France” don’t go together naturally. The former is a historic and respected German firearms manufacturer. The latter is a nation with good reason to not like German firearms. Yet, somehow, I have in front of me a 1950s-era version of the standard German World War II sidearm, the P38. And it’s stamped “Made in France.” How could that be? Read on.

Lever-Action Rifle Renaissance: The Return of An Icon

Nothing is more American than the lever-action rifle. The first viable lever gun was invented by Benjamin Tyler Henry in 1860. Lever guns were on the cutting edge of rifle development through the 1890s, when they were supplanted by bolt actions and, eventually, semi-automatics.

1911 Day: Honoring The Gun That is as American as Baseball and Apple Pie

While the 1911 can be admired and celebrated year-round, March 29 is a special day for the 1911, marking the anniversary of its adoption by the United States military.

The Medal of Honor: America’s Highest Military Decoration

Twenty-five years ago, the United States Congress established March 25 as "National Medal of Honor Day" to "foster public appreciation and recognition of Medal of Honor Recipients." The date was chosen because it was on March 25, 1863, that the very first Medals of Honor were presented to six members of Andrews' Raiders during the American Civil War. To date, just 3,536 Medals of Honor have been awarded to 3,517 recipients, with only 63 recipients still living.

Steel-Framed Handguns: Are They Outdated?

Are steel-framed handguns are obsolete? Recent offerings by several major firearms manufacturers seem to indicate otherwise. Let's take a look at some modern steel-framed handguns and discuss whether or not they hold a candle to the polymer guns of today.

Masters of the Air: The M2 .50 Caliber Truly Made the B-17 a Flying Fortress

The popular Apple TV+ miniseries "The Masters of the Air" tells the story of World War II aviators who served in the United States Army Air Force's 100th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force. The follow-up to "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" from producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks has already been noted for its gritty realism and features the vast armadas of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress on its missions over occupied Europe.

Why is 9mm So Popular?

The classic 9mm Parabellum round will be tough to conquer. Cartridges like the .30 Super Carry are certainly trying, but they have to fight an uphill battle against a deeply entrenched enemy. The 9mm will likely continue to dominate until manufacturers can find a way to make other ammo types cheaper and more common. Until then, it's the reign of 9mm.

Colt Revolvers and the US Army’s Transition to the Metallic Cartridge

Let's take a walk down memory lane and take a look at the US Army's transition to Colt revolvers and metallic cartridges after the calamity of the Fetterman Massacre in 1866.

Stevens 907B 12-Gauge Shotgun: An Oldie But Goodie

The Stevens 907B 12-Gauge Shotgun may be old, but boy, is it fun to shoot! Let's take a gander at this oldie but goodie.

The Beretta 950BS .22 Short: An Italian Mouse Gun

The Beretta 950BS (the Minx) is a downright fun little gun. It was as much fun as I expected it to be. I was surprised by its reliability mostly. A gun isn't fun if it doesn't go bang when you press the trigger. While it's named the Minx, it's really more of the kitten. Of all the Beretta tip-ups I have, this is my favorite so far.

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