Go / No Go Gauge

One of the unsung inventions of the industrial revolution was the go / no go gauge. Most mechanical parts have...
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Go / No Go Gauge

Smith & Wesson’s Union (Gutta Percha) Case

Among the rarities of Smith & Wesson's earliest years is the gutta percha case. Between 1850 and 1861 almost 5,000...
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Smith & Wesson’s Union (Gutta Percha) Case

The Glock 48

Until last year the gun that fit my body geometry the best was a Smith & Wesson M&P 1.0 with...
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The Glock 48

The “Delta Elite” 10mm Colt 1911

The story is well documented by now, but it's worth repeating. After the 1986 FBI Shootout in Miami, the FBI...
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The “Delta Elite” 10mm Colt 1911

حلوان عيار 9

The M1951 Beretta pistol is the most recognizable ancestor of the Beretta 92, whose importance to the world of firearms...
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حلوان عيار 9

Colt’s Model 1908 “Vest Pocket”

Launched in 1908 and in production for forty years, over 400,000 of these tiny Colt semi-automatic pistols came out of...
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Colt’s Model 1908 “Vest Pocket”

Beretta Model 70 “Puma”

In 2010 I purchased this pistol at a farm auction in Stem, North Carolina. The gun felt sleek and precise...
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Beretta Model 70 “Puma”

Smith & Wesson Model 60 Pro Series

Smith & Wesson's venerable J frame revolvers have long set the standard by which all other compact revolvers are judged,...
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Smith & Wesson Model 60 Pro Series

The Forgotten Glock 37

Close your eyes and let's see how good your memory is. Quick, what's a Glock 17? Easy; full-frame 9mm! Glock...
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The Forgotten Glock 37

Smith & Wesson M&P 380 Shield EZ

Long story short: this may be the best gun of 2018. The EZ has the same basic profile as the...
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Smith & Wesson M&P 380 Shield EZ

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