Pliers And Files

In the spring of 1984 I was preparing to fly to Southern California to participate in my very first End Of Trail cowboy action match. I had only one misgiving.
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Pocket Snakes...

The first pocket-sized, 5-shot .38 Special arrived in 1950 when it was unveiled as the Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special at a national gathering of chiefs of...
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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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Buck and Ball ...

In these pages I’ve previously made it clear I am not the .45 Colt’s greatest fan. That said, there is one area where it shines above all other revolver...
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Long Range Rugers

It had been a long hot summer, in fact the last of three painful summers. Summers are meant for shooting, camping, hiking, outdoor activities with the family.
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Keep Your Fancy...

I gotta be me.” That’s good. We all should do that. Don’t just say it — do it! But know your “do it” attitude might not be someone else’s cup...
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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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A Robar Single...

A seed was planted in my brain over 13 years ago. In December 1996 I was invited to participate in a unique class conducted at Thunder Ranch, then located...
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Perfect...

Several years (decades?) ago I coined the phrase Perfect Packin’ Pistol, or as it has come to be known by many readers, PPP.
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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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A Special That...

A few issues back I wrote a piece in these pages titled “The .44 Special Ain’t So Special” (July/Aug 2009). Some might be surprised I received as many...
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J! S&W’s Most...

The mighty X-frame revolvers and the gorgeous handguns of their Performance Center notwithstanding, the single most popular handgun Smith & Wesson makes...
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I Gotta Be Me

In the 1950s I discovered Elmer Keith and his writings, which often covered customized sixguns. He had about a half-dozen highly customized .44 Special...
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On Accuracy

So I shot the gun at the normal combat range of seven yards,” reads all too many lines, in all too many gun articles I see.
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MANSON REAMERS...

Every now and again, a tool comes along that will revolutionize a process, however obscure or seemingly unimportant.
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An Heirloom Colt

The elements of style can be mystifying. Just as there are billions of people in the world, we might safely say there are billions of ideas of what...
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Pocket Pistol...

I’m not as prepared for emergencies as I should be, and there was a time I wanted to be ready for anything.
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Real .44 Cowboy...

The last place to learn safe gun handling is at the movies or the TV screen and it’s a rare film that ever depicts recoil in any shape or fashion....
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An Expert’s Gun

Yeah, I know, we all have one or more of them, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In experienced hands — and I mean near-expert hands — they are...
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Lawman Leather

Here’s a holster quiz for ya, trivia fans: Back in 1978, the late great Elmer Keith described somebody’s leather as “… the most comfortable holster...
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Big Bore Snubbies

The concept of bigbore, snub-nosed revolvers isn’t new. In fact it’s just about as old as revolvers themselves.
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Colt Rising

Like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, I’m seeing more and more fine old Colt revolvers coming out of drawers, gun cabinets, estates and other...
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Purdy Gear

There’s a reason Karla Van Horne’s cowboy shooting alias is “Purdy Gear,” it’s because she makes, well … purdy gear.
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BluMagnum Grips

Skeeter Skelton’s earliest articles appeared in the pages of our sister publication, GUNS, in the late 1950s when he was still known as Charles A....
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The Best Ever...

What’s the best ever big-bore revolver cartridge? I’m not talking about something chambered in a bazooka-length revolver fitted with a bipod.
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The First...

The era of The American gunfighter of fact and legend didn’t begin until 1850. That was when Samuel Colt introduced his first “Belt Pistol” meaning...
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Trio Of Treats...

What would the state of the sixgunning world be without dreamers? Those who looked at what was and saw what could be.
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The First...

An exclusive look at the first engraved new-production Colt Python, beautifully hand scroll-engraved by Dale Bass of Tyler Gun Works.
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Taurus .357...

Shooters buy firearms for many reasons including self-defense, hunting, target shooting and just plain old plinking.
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one for the...

Handguns are purchased for a variety of reasons, with self-defense and general outdoor use right at the top.
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Guns We're...

Just days away from the 2020 SHOT Show, we can't help but drool thinking about all the new guns we'll get to shoot, handle and see throughout the week.
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Ruger Custom...

Priced at workingman wages since their inception over 70 years ago, Ruger has provided us with a slew of rugged and reliable guns.
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Chippa Rhino...

As a guy who makes his living evaluating and writing about guns, I get a lot of “What’s the best …” questions from folks.
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Home Defense...

We like shotguns and rifles for home defense, but we really like handguns, too. Full-size handguns are legit options for home defense, but so are...
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ca-legal colt...

Four Colt revolvers were recently added to the California “certified for sale” roster approved by the state’s Department of Justice.
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The Cinderella Gun

Several years ago, I was at a local gun show helping my shooting buddies offload a bunch of guns from departed friends. There were some pricey items, but at...
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Re-Visiting An...

It’s confession time. For many years I’ve neglected the .357 Magnum. When hunting big game with straight-walled pistol cartridges, I generally reach for...
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S&W's Model 610...

A few months ago I stumbled across a couple of S&W 657 models in .41 Mag. One was a 6.5" version while the other wore a 7.5" barrel.
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The NRA PPC...

The term PPC has several historical variations on a theme. Practical Pistol Course, Police Practical Course and Police Pistol Combat are all cited.
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Hand Ejectors

Colt Patent Firearms had an 8-year head start when it came to solid-frame revolvers with swing-out cylinders.
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The Sixguns Of...

Colt dropped the single action from production prior to World War II and announced it would never be produced again.
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Reunited

Back in 1973 a friend and I got it in our heads we should take a couple saddle horses and my trusty steed “Duke” as a pack horse and head south.
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Motor City...

Heading up the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I set my sights on mi amigo, Doc Barranti’s adobe in Pittsburgh, 3.5 hours away. From there, we head north for 5...
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Taurus Raging...

As my buddy Dick Thompson candidly says, “You never master a handgun.” Shooting is a diminishing skill unless you keep chasing it. To maintain upmost...
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How Accurate Is...

In my experience handgun shooters don’t obsess about accuracy the way rifle shooters do. Back in the late ’60s and early ’70s when I was getting into...
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A Remington...

Back in the first years of this century a fellow contacted me saying he was putting a replica of the Remington Model 1875 revolver into production and he...
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