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.)


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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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.

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