The final test was to try the club aspect of the design. With my hand wrapped around the grip and none of my fingers in the trigger guard, I approached my cardboard assailant and landed four blows.
Almost a decade before TRW started making rifles, they had been tasked with leading the development of the country’s first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.
President Joe Biden has said on numerous occasions that a private individual couldn’t own a cannon at the time of the American Revolution. Is he correct?
The ultimate twist of fate for a British soldier would be to die from a gunshot wound inflicted by a lead musket ball crafted from the former likeness of their ruler.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Deringer traveled to Washington, D.C. with a sample rifle in July 1861 and offered to furnish 500 to 600 rifles to the Ordnance Department.
Joseph Merwin, who was an established arms designer, formed a partnership in 1868 with William and Milan Hulbert.
The most expensive level of engraving was called “No. 1” and the most expensive style of stock carving was called “A.” They added an extra $250 and $60. That’s a total of $9,800 today.
Engraved by Master Engraver Howard Dove, he held the distinction of being one of only two people to have held the position of Master Engraver with both Colt and Winchester – at the same time!
James Merrill was tasked with converting 100 Model 1841 muzzleloading rifles to breechloading arms. Of the 100, only 86 were delivered.
This Briggs gun is a “missing link,” helping to bridge the gap between Henry and Winchester. Even though the design wasn’t adopted, it’s still an exceptionally important part of American arms.
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.
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.”