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 →
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 →
I will buy one of these. Or better yet, that one. Because those things are difficult to find, and even if you did find one, it wouldn’t be as nearly flawless as this one. And I will buy a whole bunch of land out here: And I will build a nifty house, not big, but... Continue Reading →
I stumbled across a fun new addition to the FAR System armory a few days ago: the Allen & Thurber Pepperbox pistol. Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) described a friend's Allen pepperbox this way: Simply drawing the trigger back, the hammer would begin to rise and the barrel to turn over, and presently down would drop the... Continue Reading →
Have you ever considered reloading rimfire cartridges? Probably not...but people back in the days of the Old West did it all the time. And with the right materials, anybody can do it. Wikipedia says it can't be done...but Wikipedia is wrong. You could buy a Rimfire Reloader kit right now for $80 and start reloading used .22 Long... Continue Reading →
I'm doing some research on the Spiller & Burr revolver, and will post more soon. In the meantime, you can find out more about these nifty Confederate revolvers at The Truth About Guns.
The iconic Winchester rifle didn't just pop up out of nowhere. It's a descendant of the 1854 Smith & Wesson lever-action rifle, which is quite similar to the Henry Rifle (another icon in its own right). Oliver Winchester invested in Smith & Wesson in 1855, shortly before Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson reorganized the company... Continue Reading →
If your FAR Western character is carrying the best and latest in American repeating rifles, chances are it's one of these. Check 'em out. http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2016/10/logan-metesh/evolution-winchester-lever-action-rifle/