Guns

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Letters from Readers- Autumn 2007

    Loyalist Confusion I usually look forward to my issue of MHQ and have been a subscriber for many years now. However, the Summer 2007 issue has errors in both historical presentation and fact. Here are the ones that I have been able to...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Civil War Cosmopolitan and Joslyn Carbines

    In 1861, the U.S. Army counted 4,076 muzzleloading and breechloading carbines in its inventory. While that was plenty for peacetime use, it was far fewer than needed by the rapidly growing Union Army. Some of those weapons were well-made...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Biggest Gun in the World

    In 1918 the Germans hit Paris from 68 miles away with 330-pound artillery shells fired by a mysterious gargantuan cannon. At 7:15 am on March 23, 1918, Parisians near Number 6 Quai de Seine, in the northeastern part of the city, were...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Colt Also Offered Revolving Rifles

    Long guns upstaged by Colt revolvers. When Samuel Colt patented the first practical revolving pistol design early in 1836, he kindled the torch of legend for what became one of the most famous firearms in Western history. The Paterson Colt...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: Old Guns and Whispering Ghosts

    Old Guns and Whispering Ghosts: Tales and Twists of the Old West by Jesse L.“Wolf” Hardin, Shoot Magazine Corporation, Boise, Idaho, 2006, $39.95. There are some lovely pictures of Old West (1866 to 1916) firearms on these 267 pages,...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Ringo Death a Mystery, But Not So His Colt

    The .45 is still very much alive. “John Ringgold, one of the best known men in southeastern Arizona, was found dead in Morse’s canyon, in the Chiricahua mountains last Friday July 14,” Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star reported on...

  • Wild West Magazine

    The Winchester 94 Gone With the Wind

    Iconic rifles won’t soon be forgotten. The year 2006 saw the last of a Western icon. The venerable Winchester Model 94 lever-action rifle was discontinued, along with the Model 70 boltaction rifle and the Model 1300 pump-action shotgun....

  • Wild West Magazine

    Challenge Repeated: The 1881 Marlin Rifle

    Penetrating the Winchester West. Compared to the revolvers and repeating rifles made by the Big Four of U.S. gunmakers—Colt, Smith & Wesson, Remington and Winchester—the Marlin lever-action repeating rifles were the...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: The British Bulldog Revolver

    The British Bulldog Revolver: The Forgotten Gun That Really Won the West? by George Layman, Mowbray Publishing,Woonsocket, R.I., 2006, $34.99. As famous firearm collector Norm Flayderman reminds us in the introduction to George Layman’s...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Bat Masterson’s Colt Has Celebrity Appeal

    The legendary lawman ordered it. Ask any Old West aficionado to name the most legendary lawmen of the Old West, and Bat Masterson will always be mentioned. Ask the aficionado if he has ever seen a Colt six-shooter that bore absolute proof...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Review: Call of Juarez

    Call of Juarez Wild West Rating: ****(Four stars out of five), Release date: June 2007,Rated Mature,Genre: First-Person Shooter, Publisher: ubisoft, Developer: Techland, $59.99, Formatted for Xbox 360,PC.  Legend tells of a cursed...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Review: The Guns of Billy the Kid

    The Guns of Billy the Kid: A DVD Exploration of the Real Guns of the West Varmint Media, Pasadena, Calif., 2006, 50 minutes, $29.95.  Henry McCarthy, alias William Bonney but best known as the Kid, lived and died by the gun. It is...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Dead Outlaw Found Holding a ‘Frontier’ in His Death Grip

    Bob Hughes had a Model 1878 double-action Colt. Railroad detective William D. “Bill” Fossett and U.S. Express Company guard Jake Harmon began walking forward from the rear of the train once the shooting stopped and the smoke cleared on...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Guns Were Sometimes in Christmas Stories

    The sharing of six-shooters was no holiday. The Christmas season, at least a modern-day Christmas, is largely secularized and dominated by gifts and decorated fir trees. On the frontier in the 19th century, most missionaries and settlers...

  • World War II Magazine

    Japan’s ‘Suicide Gun’

    The Nambu Type 94 Shiki Kenju 8mm pistol was the worst military small arm of World War II. There are many contenders for the honor of World War II’s best infantry weapon. Nazi Germany had the fearsome MG42 light machine gun, capable of...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: The AK-47

    The AK-47: The Weapon That Changed the Face of War by Larry Kahaner. Joe Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, N.J., 2007, softcover $25.95. Virtually every American veteran of Vietnam and later conflicts knows the Soviet-designed AK-47 assault rifle....