Firearms

Six-Gun Safety

Frank-and-jesse-james_1860-Army-Colt-44_Model-1861-Remington-44-Army-revolverAlthough loading blackpowder six-guns, which represent the era of 1840s-70s, require a different way of handling them than do metallic cartridge firearms, one rule is still in play—safety first!

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A New-Old Straight Shooter

Rifle-Match-between-the-Irish-and-the-American-teams_Sharps_s-M-1877_English-ModelIn the firearms world, the name “Shiloh” has come to mean the maker of the finest quality modern reproductions of the famed single-shot Sharps rifles of the mid-to-late 19th century. Especially popular is the company’s 1874 model,

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Home Brewed Gun Show

capt-jack-crawford_colt_poet-scoutHow would you like to attend a gun show and see hundreds of fine Old West guns and accessories—without having to traipse up and down endless, crowded aisles of tables?

You can, simply by gathering some well-written, illustrated gun books and perusing their pages. Here are some valuable firearms books I recommend.

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Fighting Blades of the Frontier

SFTH_bowie-brothers“They say my bowie knife is keen to sliver into halves
The carcass of my enemy, as butchers slay their calves.”

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An Ace in the Hole

sharps-palm-sized-pepperbox-derringerOne frontiersman, threatened with a .22 derringer, slapped it out of his assailant’s hand and said, “If anyone ever shot me with a twenty two…and I found out about it, I’d skin him alive!”

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Single Shot of Southern Comfort

SFTH_Martha-Summerhayes_Southerner-derringer_-spur-trigger-single-shootersIn 1875, when U.S. Army wife Martha Summerhayes’s Army ambulance was being escorted through Arizona Territory, from Camp Apache to Camp Ehrenberg (and ultimately Camp McDowell), she recalled, “I wore a small derringer, with a narrow belt filled with cartridges.

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From Silver Screen to Gun Room

movie-guns_collectables_phil-spangenbergerHave you ever wanted to own a gun used in a Western film by one of your favorite cowboy stars…or even one packed by one of the supporting actors in an Oater that you held in special esteem?

Up until a few years ago, that feat was next to impossible for the average firearms enthusiast.

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A Hunter’s Classic Returns

SFTH_Model-71-lever-action-hunting-rifleTo the hunter in the field, probably the only thing better than a powerful and accurate rifle is an improved version.

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The Edge of Perfection

/bowie-knivesRegardless of whether a frontiersman carried a simple pocket-sized folding knife, a skinner, a camp knife or a full-sized fighting blade, he generally went “heeled” with some sort of cutting tool.

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The “Shoot Today, Kill Tomorrow” Gun

SFTH_Sharps-riflesDuring the June 1874 battle of Adobe Walls in the Texas Panhandle, where an estimated 700 Comanche, Kiowa and Cheyenne warriors attacked nearly 30 hide hunters, young hunter Billy Dixon made a remarkable 1,538-yard shot at a mounted Indian, from his borrowed Model 1874 Sharps, in .50-90 caliber—and he dropped him, thus effectively ending the fight!

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The Herd Decimator

fulton-position-remmington-rifleIn 1887, an official government study of the decimation of the great buffalo herds concluded that, next to the Sharps rifle, the Remington rolling block rifle was the most popular with hide hunters.

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Hideout Hijinks

group-of-men-posing-for-gambling-shot-in-Eureka-South-Dakota-studio-portrait-circa-1890-1900-by-Fallman,-listed-as-working-in-Eureka-in-1890_diminutive-sidearmsSan Francisco, 1853: As traveler John Steele strolled along a bustling thoroughfare, he suddenly found himself being crowded against a doorway and shoved into a small room by a stranger.

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Power on the Plains

lyman-great-plains-rifle_spangenbergerWhen the first explorers of the early 19th century ventured west beyond the Mississippi River, they carried long, slender and somewhat delicate medium-bore Pennsylvania-style rifles.

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Davy Crockett’s “Ol’ Betsy” Found

Davey-Crockett__Ol_-Betsy_rifleIn most everyone’s life comes a moment or event that provides the catalyst to their future. In my case, that event was the 1954 TV airing of Disney’s three-part dramatic series on legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett, the Indian fighter, U.S. congressman and Alamo defender. I was utterly fascinated with the original flintlock arms used in that series. As a youth of 14, I had never before seen any real flintlocks in films or anywhere else.

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Colt’s Cavalry Pistol to the Rescue

Charles-Schyrevogel-western-artist-true-west-magazine.Colt Peacemaker. Just the sound of these words conjures up images of the Wild West. They bring to life scenes of bustling smoke-filled saloons and dusty frontier streets, of thundering cavalry pistol charges across wide-open prairies and of great cattle herds and the hard men who drove them to lusty, lawless railheads like Abilene or Dodge City.

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Autry’s Pathway to the Past

sfth_annie-oakley_phil-spangenbergerWithout a doubt, firearms were among the most important tools used in the settling of the West.

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The Godfather of Gunleather

Brian-lebel_gunleatherFor firearms enthusiasts, the name John Bianchi is synonymous with quality gunleather, and for good reason.

He’s truly a living legend, having made gunleather rigs for the motion picture industry and for film stars who include John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Paul Newman and many others.

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A Courageous Standoff

1887-winchestser-rifle-phil-spagenebergerIn February 15, 1900, as the train slowly steamed to a stop at the Fairbank, Arizona, station, members of the notorious Stiles-Alvord outlaw gang yelled for express messenger Jeff Milton to throw up his hands. As a shoot-out ensued, they fired a volley into the car, shattering Milton’s left arm.

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Timeworn Beauties

exas-john-slaughter_cimmaron-engraved-pistolWhile most firearms enthusiasts appreciate a vintage gun showing its original finish, a certain beauty can be found in those well-worn guns whose original color has been shed through the decades and replaced by an iron gray finish that evokes thoughts and images of the past.

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The Best of Firearms for 2014

best-western-firearms-2014Westward expansion took place during the Industrial Revolution, which was also a time of great evolution in the world of firearms. The development in ignition systems, metallurgy, mechanical design and other arms technology progressed rapidly between 1800 and 1900.

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The Yankee “Sixteen Shooter”

henry-repeater-rifleVirtually every lever-action rifle today silently pays tribute to the granddaddy of lever guns designed over 150 years ago.

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