Just as dogs today chase cars because they’re unusual and scary, they also chased bicycles in the 19th century. As such, Smith & Wesson chose “Bicycle Gun” as the name for these new guns.
In an era dominated by single-action revolvers with external hammers, New Haven-based inventor Charles Pettengill created a double-action revolver with an internal hammer.
Better known as the Smithsonian’s Gun Room, what is officially known as the National Firearms Collection is an assemblage of more than 7,000 firearms dating back centuries.
9mm Luger cartridge is, arguably, the most popular & adaptable cartridge to come out of the 20th century, Is it the most popular handgun cartridge of all time?
There have been experiments with the design and basic idea of a revolver in the past. Here’s a look at five of them.
Most of the guns in use between 1914 and 1918 were far too advanced for the body armor of the day to stand a chance. Many tried to come up with solutions that they hoped would save lives.
On October 7, 1879, John Moses Browning was issued US patent number 220,271 for a breechloading firearm.
Made by French gunsmith Jacob Walster around 1775, this pair of pistols is, in my opinion, the most historic pair in the United States.
You might need to keep fighting after the bullets run out, so these revolvers were designed to keep you in the fight – sort of.
In 1838, two congressmen dueled one another. The result was something that had never happened before or since – the death of a sitting member of Congress at the hands of another.
It’s not uncommon for brand name objects to assume the role of catch-all term for their generic equivalent. That’s the case with the terms “derringer” and “Deringer.”
On June 21, 1916, William Batterman Ruger was born in Brooklyn. He would go on to lend his name to one of the iconic arms companies of the 20th century.
On June 8, 1898, Benjamin Tyler Henry passed away at the age of 77. Henry’s repeating rifle design paved the way for Winchester to become a household name.
Rollin would become best-known as the man who provided Sam Colt with a golden opportunity to be on the cutting edge of revolver design and was rebuffed.
There are more than 700 lots available during Morphy Auctions’ Extraordinary Firearms Auction, but I’ve managed to narrow it down to my five favorites.
On May 22, 1866, one of the most iconic names in the arms industry was founded: Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
On May 18, 1825, Daniel Baird Wesson was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He began working in the firearms industry at 18 with an apprenticeship to his older brother Edwin.
It’s not uncommon for people to mistake Cinco de Mayo as a day to celebrate Mexico’s independence, but that’s actually September 16, 1810.
On April 16, 1864, Thomas Blanchard died at the age of 75. He spent his entire life inventing all sorts of things, but some of his best-known creations were for the arms industry.
On April 6, 1766, Joseph Manton was born in Grantham, England. By the time he was 23, Joseph had opened up a gun shop of his own.