My own old west(ish) rifle

I happen to have a lever-action rifle of my own, but it's a Marlin, not a Winchester. The Marlin company produced its rifles beginning in 1870, playing a very distant second in the lever-action rifle market. My particular Marlin is definitely not an Old West relic; it was manufactured in 2009. And it's chambered in... Continue Reading →

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A quick look at the 1873 Springfield rifle

With the Model 1873 Springfield Rifle -- commonly called the Trapdoor Springfield -- the US military officially entered the era of metallic cartridges (an era we're still in today). It could have done so at least ten years earlier, but as is often the case, military leadership was planning for a different kind of combat... Continue Reading →

Check out this awesome rifle that's up for auction: a Colt Model 1855 Full Stock Revolving Rifle. It even includes the original case in perfect condition. WANT! (Not likely to get...very rare, *very* expensive.)

Confederate cavalry pistol with custom sights

From historynet.com: Graham Gilmor, brother of famous Confederate cavalry officer Harry Gilmor, modified his .44 caliber Remington revolver with a loop at the base of the grip for a lanyard, and more uniquely, with a custom rear sight. The large round sight would make it much easier to focus on a target while riding a... Continue Reading →

Time got away from me last week and I didn't post, but I didn't just do nothing... And the nothing I didn't do...er, the something I did do...was to start a bibliography page, in which I'll keep an annotated list of the sources I find useful as I continue to research the history and weaponry... Continue Reading →

A great article comparing the Springfield "trapdoor" rifle carried by Custer's troops to the 1866 Winchester "Yellow Boy" lever-action carried by the Indians that defeated them.

Ultimate badassery

What's more badass than a classic lever-action rifle? If you answered "nothing," you get partial credit. That would have been my answer too. But apparently, this exists. Yes, lever-action rifles have been made -- and presumably, somewhere, also used -- with bayonets. Check it out. According to the auction site, this rifle was manufactured and... Continue Reading →

Yes, quite deadly

Are those old black-powder Civil War era revolvers deadly? Yes, of course. If not, they'd be pointless. But how deadly were they really? This video post from Loadout Room answers the question by firing replica pistols into ballistic gel, the same way the FBI and gun and ammunition manufacturers everywhere test projectiles fired from various... Continue Reading →

Is this the ultimate Old West pistol?

The Colt Peacemaker is probably the most renowned of American pistols and perhaps the world's most iconic revolver. But I think this particular pistol -- a Model 1851 Colt Navy revolver, serial no. 1 -- is the single ultimate example of an Old West pistol. The quintessence, if you will. It lives in a museum... Continue Reading →

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