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A Royal Restoration

In the May/June 2019 Handgunner I spoke of Old School Cool. It was all about a very special Colt Single Action Army dating back to before WWII.
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DOUBLE, TRIPLE,...

Let’s think about the .38-40 and the .41 Long Colt. Two totally different cartridges. The first is a tapered or bottleneck cartridge beginning life in the...
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They Called Him...

As with all boys from time immemorial, the young lad was curious while at the same time somewhat bored with nothing to do. Going into his father’s office...
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Dear Handgunner

Well, the new .44 Magnum is now arriving regularly at local dealers both in the original S&W .44 Magnum and the Ruger Blackhawk.
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The Return Of...

There was a time when elephants roamed North America. Mastodons had tusks up to 15' in length and were found in Africa, Europe and both North and South...
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Sortin' Out The...

Life used to be so simple. When I started seriously shooting, sixguns had names like Outdoorsman, Combat Magnum, Heavy Duty, Triple-Lock and on and on.
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.38 Super Or...

When it came to semi-autos, like many teenagers from my era I had one of the 1911 Government Model .45’s and a source for military hardball.
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A Perfect Pair

There’s simply nothing better than a good .22. Recently I picked up two really great Classic .22’s, a Colt Match Target and a High Standard...
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Rifle-Barreled...

Someday. We all have a list of things we are going to do someday. Sometimes the list is short and sometimes the list is long.
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The Legacy of...

The wide array of sixguns we have today comes from the vision of three men, namely Sam Colt, Daniel Wesson and Bill Ruger. Both Colt and Wesson were gone by...
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Old School Cool

Coolness is definitely in the eye of the beholder. There are many firearms that have been labeled cool, however it all depends on individual taste. I have...
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Lipsey's Ruger...

Friend and fellow shootist Jason Cloessner of Lipsey’s, a major Ruger distributor, certainly understands the concept of the “Perfect Packin’ Pistol”...
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Single Actions...

From 1836 through the Mexican-American War, the War Between the States, the great migration West and even up to the World War I era, the single-action...
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The .41 Magnum

Sometimes things just don’t happen the way they should. The .38 Spl. arrived around the turn of the 20th century, and then 35 years later was lengthened...
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Pleasant...

The .44 Magnum arrived in late 1955 with most examples not arriving in gun shops until 1956. At the time Elmer Keith said recoil wasn’t bad and wouldn’t...
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Classic S&W N-Frames

One of our local gunshops, Boise Gun Company, had two 1950 Targets in the case one day. They came from the same collection, both had 61/2" barrels and S&W...
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Carry 'Em With Six!

For more than a century, savvy sixgunners went by the “load one, skip one, cock and lower the hammer on an empty” rule.
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Return Of The...

In 1935 Smith & Wesson lengthened the .38 Spl. and introduced the original .357 Mag. revolver, which is now known as the Model 27. Built on the N-Frame, the...
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