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.)


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, 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 →

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 →

When I win the lottery…

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 →

Rolling your own rimfires

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 →

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