Abraham Lincoln’s Presentation Carbine to Rep. John Crittenden

A Burnside carbine presented by Abraham Lincoln to Kentucky Congressman John Jordan Crittenden points to the important political bond shared by the two men as they worked together to save the Union. As much a gift of consolation as a symbol of Lincoln’s continued faith in Crittenden, this rare Second Model Burnside symbolizes the partnership between two men critical to navigating the Union through the Civil War. A silver oval presentation plaque on the right side of the stock s: “Presented to the/Hon. J.J. Crittenden by A. Lincoln/President of the United States/As a testimony of affectionate regard/for his long and patriotic Services/to which a grateful people bear/willing testimony/Feby 1st 1862.” This fascinating carbine remained the property of American statesman John Jordan Crittenden’s family until 1992 when it was sold by Jane Crittenden Harris after being displayed for several years at the Kentucky Military History Museum. This historically significant firearm, with […]

275 Rigby

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7x57mm Mauser Short Barrel

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Wildlife Art: Paintings of Philip Russell Goodwin

“In the Honest Woods,” a short story by Holman F. Day published in 1904, tells the story of a big-city ister on an annual hunting trip who seeks refuge in the solitude of the woods but finds himself lost. He comes across a cabin with two hunters and their guide. The guide is the man whose wife he stole years ago. The reverend fears violent retribution when the guide asks to speak to him alone. He refuses the request, but finds no allies in the two other hunters after they heard their guide’s story. The ister and hunting guide leave the cabin, and when the guide returns he tells of what happened in the hours they were gone, leading the lost man back to his hunting party and letting him cross a lake in his rowboat. The story is over-dramatic in its underlying threat of violence but finds redemption in […]

Take Action to Save Pistol Braces!

); We Have Bills Introduced in Both Chambers which will Stop Biden’s Ban on Pistol Braces But we need you to act NOW by contacting your elected officials We need all hands-on deck in our fight against the Biden Pistol Brace Ban. Even if you never owned one, or have no intention of owning one, do not miss the fact if they get away with this, millions of patriots will become felons and they’ll have the green light to go after more guns [this sets a dangerous precedent for them to reclassify anything as a “gangster weapon” NFA item and ban that as well]. Take Action! Monte Bowen, […]

The Cost of Living In America

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The 7x57mm… or 275 Rigby Part I

11/20/2022 I hope you all will forgive me if I ramble on every now in then in these articles. I promise there is a thought or two worth sharing in there somewhere. It’s just that writing doubles as cheap psychotherapy and I also like to take and post pictures… Sign In Join Now Real Guns

260 Remington

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35 Remington

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375 Ruger

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Rare Gun Collecting: Serial Number 1

When it comes to rare gun collecting, early serial numbers are viewed as particularly desirable, and there’s nothing more singular than a serial number 1. There’s a clear appeal in owning the first gun of its kind, whether it’s a firearm that set the standard for a popular production run or the initial gun in an experimental class that never took off. An exceptionally fine, Colt Model 1851 Navy experimental prototype .40 caliber percussion revolver, serial number 1, one of the rarest guns in Colt collecting. A compelling variety of serial number 1 guns are up for sale in Rock Island Auction Company’s December 9-11 Premier Firearms Auction. Some of these rare guns have been featured in books and museums. Many also hail from the gun collection of Jim Supica, who specialized in collecting serial number 1 guns from every genre he could find. The examples highlighted below range in […]

World War 2 Guns of the Paul Crockett Jr. Collection

Eye-catching German Lugers are among the numerous World War 2 era weapons from the Paul Crockett Jr. Collection in Rock Island Auction Company’s Premier Auction, Dec. 9-11. Crockett’s extensive collection of military arms — sidearms, long guns, and bladed weapons — comprise 142 lots in the auction. Though the collection leans heavily on German arms, it also includes fine examples of classic American weapons like the M1911, M1 Garand, and M1 Carbine. The obituary for Crockett, who passed this August, described him as an “avid student and somewhat expert on the history of World War 2 guns and swords.” Looking at his collection, “somewhat” is an understatement. The Paul Crockett Jr. Collection is offered alongside the Jim Supica Collection, the Don & Carol Wilkerson Collection, and the Joe Wanenmacher Collection in the December Premier Auction. World War 2 Guns: German Lugers Fans of the Luger should be flocking to this […]

The SilencerCo Sparrow After 10 Years of Regular Use

The SilencerCo Sparrow After 10 Years of Regular Use Home November 15, 2022 I picked up a SilencerCo Sparrow a decade ago. At the time, I wasn’t sure exactly what I’d want to do with a rimfire can, but it was an editorial assignment, so…. It seemed like a useful, and somewhat novel, addition to my collection. While I owned several rimfires, I didn’t have a rimfire can—or any silencers—back then. In 2012, I had a range at my house, which was way out in the backwoods of Virginia, but I had neighbors who weren’t so keen on the noise. If you’d asked me what I’d planned on doing with my Sparrow when I was filling out my Form 4, I’d have waxed poetic about doing some quiet target shooting. And I did. I had no idea how addictive it would be, how it would change my view on noise, […]

FPC Files Opening Brief in Lawsuit Challenging Massachusetts Handgun Roster, AG Handgun Sales Regulations

BOSTON, MA (November 14, 2022) Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of an opening brief with the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Granata v. Healey, which challenges the Massachusetts Approved Firearms Roster and the Attorney General’s Handgun Sales Regulations. The brief can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

375 Ruger Light Loads

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Regardless Of Party, Pro-Gun Candidates Won Their Races This Week

It did not take long for anti-gun activists in the media to make the claim gun control is a winning issue for Democrats, but only if the glaring problems with that picture are ignored. Abortion, record inflation, large amounts of crime, concerns about democracy, and even climate change and healthcare ranked of higher concern for voters than gun policy according to NBC. Additionally, the New York Times reported last month only 1% of likely voters thought guns were the most important problem. No doubt, if guns were the only issue on the ballot, there would be very different results. The fact is, there were too many factors in play for pundits to make the claim people want more gun control. But there were many glaring cases in which pro-gun elected officials were rewarded for strong pro-gun actions. Every single governor who signed a Constitutional Carry law, which would allow people to carry a firearm […]

New York to Challenge GOA’s Legal Victory

Regardless of which party ultimately controls the Congress in the cog days, GOA and Gun Owners Foundation will always keep fighting for your God-given rights in court. That’s why we’re happy to tell you about our VICTORY against the radically anti-gun state of New York that has viciously waged war on the Second Amendment. A judge just ruled that New York’s new law which requires citizens to give records of their social media history to the government to detere their eligibility to conceal carry has imposed “unprecedented constitutional violations.” This victory is not limited to New York. It’s a victory against every local and state anti-gun government across the country that was hoping to establish a loophole to the Supreme Court’s recent pro-2A Bruen decision. But anti-gunners will not go quietly into the night… …They’ve aly filed notice of their intent to appeal the decision which is […]

Nickel Plated, Warpainted Barretts

Rock Island Auction Company is fortunate enough to enjoy a friendly relationship with Barrett Firearms. In fact, last year (2012) a handful of RIAC executives headed down to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to Barrett headquarters and received more than just the 25-cent tour. A tour of the factory was involved, but so were some “behind the scenes” glimpses. This included several memorable experiences such as being shown around certain R&D areas, and some fun range time which included handling and firing the (then) brand new MRAD. The MRAD would later be named Shooting Illustrated Magazine’s 2012 Rifle of the Year as well as receive the NRA’s prestigious Golden Bullseye Award. They truly extended their hospitality to us that day. We were even more honored when Barrett contacted us earlier this year to sell some of the items residing in the Barrett Firearms Archive! This week’s article highlights a pair of the famous […]

General Pershing’s Presentation Pistol to Venezuela’s President

General John J. Pershing was a West Point graduate, a soldier’s soldier. He wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and find ways to succeed, whether it was chasing renegade Apache across the southwestern desert, storg hills in the Spanish-American War alongside the Rough Riders, putting down Philippine rebellions, chasing Poncho Villa across the wastes of northern Mexico, or his biggest challenge — building out the U.S. Army to fight in World War I. Along the way, he was handed the nickname “Black Jack,” but not for being a blunt, hard-hitting soldier. The nickname came derisively from West Point cadets who hated their instructor who had been a commander in the African American 10th Cavalry regiment in the Indian Wars. Congress named Pershing General of the Armies of the United States after World War I and he was Army Chief of Staff from 1921 to 1924 when he retired at […]