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Friday Surprise: Recent history is surprisingly hard to find.


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Believe it or not, this is what a web search looked like in 1994.

You’d think, in the modern world, that our history is covered from every angle and therefore hard to lose. You might be surprised where you have to look to unearth some of it.
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SHOT Show 2015: What about the revolvers?


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Photo courtesy of SHOT Show/NSSF

As you may have heard, I just got back from the 2015 SHOT Show. Pickings for revolver enthusiasts were slim, but there are a couple of things to talk about!
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Not going to SHOT Show? Don't worry!


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Every January the entire shooting industry gets together for the biggest trade show (and party) of the year: the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show, for short.) How can you keep up with the all the great news?
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Friday Surprise: People have been using cameras to annoy other people for a very long time.


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It’s easy to think that what is has always been, and depending on when you were born that might be true. Luckily there are places you can go to learn it’s not always been this way!
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The rifles used by French police look a little familiar, don't they?


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The recent terror attacks in France have brought the French police and counter-terrorism troops into the public eye. Some of them are armed with a decidedly un-French rifle.
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Friday Surprise: What's Wrong with a Wright house?


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The most famous American architect had his share of failures. Some of them are still around, like this one in my neighborhood.
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What happened to the M16 in Vietnam? How about asking the guy who designed it?


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You can find all manner of misinformation on the internet, but you can also find the truth. The problem is that the latter isn’t always as interesting as the former, but not in this case!
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New Years news from Ruger, Glock, and more!


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I hope everyone had a good holiday season (and don’t have too much weight to work off!) Let's start the year off right and dive into some of the news in the shooting world!
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Can a WWII-era rifle be modernized?


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Photo: SMG Guns

There are a lot of interesting arms designs from the early part of the 20
th century that might be serviceable even today — with some modernizations. I’m not talking about taking an old Mauser and sporterizing it, but actually redesigning something to have modern relevance!
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Thoughts on the .30-30 Winchester - is it all it's cracked up to be?


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The .30-30 Winchester, more properly known as the .30 Winchester Center Fire (WCF), is one of the most popular cartridges in the world. Why?
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Friday Surprise: Ralph Morse, 1917-2014


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Photo: LIFE Magazine

One of the premier photojournalists of the 20th century died this week, and I admit to being a little depressed.
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Ed Harris says: "A Hillbilly Assault Rifle? You bet!"


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Ed Harris, ballistic experimenter extraordinaire, is back — this time with some details on his “lever action utility rifle”. As usual, he's got some good ideas!
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Friday Surprise: Eddie Want BIG Boom.


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So, what could you do with an atomic bomb of your very own? Back in the '50s, one scientist had a bunch of ideas — and actually got to try some of them out!
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How did the 1911 come to be? Watch and learn!


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Contrary to popular belief, the 1911 pistol did not spring forth fully formed from the mind of John Moses Browning. It was the result of more than a decade worth of work on his part, not to mention the input of Colt and the U.S. government. Here's a look at how we got to where we are today!
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Gun makers plus consolidation equals history!


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How many U.S. gun makers can you name? I'll bet there are quite a few that you've either forgotten about, or never even knew existed — but their legacy lives on, even today!
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The Exploding Rifle Bullets Of World War II


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A new episode of In Range TV went up the other day (now it's FREE!), and it's a great episode that taught me something new: exploding small arms ammunition was used by both Russia and Germany against enemy combatants during World War II. You thought those weren't allowed? Well, sometimes things happen...
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Rifles of the "cheese-eating surrender monkeys".



French firearms are a popular source of amusement for enthusiasts in the United States. That's sad, because there are some real gems to be had from the land of Napoleon.
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How safe is your safe? You might be surprised at how safe it's not!



Owning guns is a great responsibility, and one of those is keeping them out of the wrong hands. A safe is one way to do that, but how to you choose from the hundreds of models available?
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What gun goes with my Halloween costume?



All photos courtesy of the National Firearms Museum

Why, the incomparable Vampire Detective Special, of course!
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Forgotten Weapons takes on the Colt All American 2000!


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Breaking news: we actually have video of a Colt All American 2000 firing five rounds in a row without a malfunction!
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The never-ending quest for the "perfect" rifle round, or: Grant is lusting for another lever action!



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I got a surprising amount of email on last week's lever action article. Seems I'm not the only one with a fondness for the simpler things in life — nor for getting a new rifle just so I can have a different round to shoot!
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I like all rifles, but lever actions have a particular place in my collection. Here's why.


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The lever action may seem antiquated, but maybe its old virtues still have value in today's shooting world!
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Friday Surprise: some people talk about perfection. Others actually achieve it.



In every area of endeavor there are those who stand head and shoulders above even the very best in their field. In the world of watchmaking, that person is Philippe DuFour.
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Can you ever truly know how a bullet is going to work? Probably not, but if you're very careful you can get close.


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By Nathan Boor & Kurt Groover of Aimed Research (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Someone sent me an article on a gelatin test of some ammunition; I replied that I don't put much stock in such things when done by amateurs. Why might that be?
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Ed Harris makes the .32ACP into a real tackdriver!


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"Colt 1903 right side". Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


Ed Harris returns, and this time he's tackling a new mystery: why does the .32ACP have such a bad reputation for accuracy? As usual, Ed gets to the bottom of the problem!

(Which gives me an excuse to show a picture of one of my favorite autoloading pistols of all time, the Colt Model 1903 Hammerless in — of course — .32ACP!)
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