The Allen Pepperbox: A “cheerful weapon”

I rewrote my post on the Allen & Thurber pepperbox pistol and submitted it to The Truth About Guns for their spring content contest. Here's the article I wrote for the contest: A "Cheerful Weapon": The Allen Pepperbox. They're publishing the best submissions (mine got published the day after I sent it in, so I … Continue reading The Allen Pepperbox: A “cheerful weapon”

Allen & Thurber Pepperbox

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 Allen & Thurber Pepperbox

The Colt 1861 Navy: A piece of history

Before there was Winchester…

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 Before there was Winchester…

Winchester Rifles

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.  

My Friend: The Knuckle Duster Gun

This nifty little thing is a pepperbox—a gun that has no barrel and fires its load directly from the chamber. If your FAR West character might a well-hidden ballistic persuasion device, you should check this out.