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AHM Volume 10 Issue 2

ARMS HERITAGE Magazine

  • THE LAST WORD Vol 10 - issue 2
    THE LAST WORD Vol 10 - issue 2
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    All Good Things… The article in this issue’s Entry Point is probably reminiscent of how a lot of us got interested in collecting these old hunks of iron, though few of us “lived the dream” to the extent that Jimmie Campbell did, except perhaps in our dreams. A follow up story on Jimmie’s Collection will be in the next issue’s Entry Point

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  • I HAVE THIS GUN Vol 10 - issue 2
  • TIDBITS Vol 10 - issue 2
    TIDBITS Vol 10 - issue 2
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    Yesterday, Tomb Guards from the US Army’s 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment ( e Old Guard) were presented with 4 ceremonial M17 pistols at Arlington National Cemetery.  ese works of art were created by SIG SAUER specifically for use by the Guards.

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  • THE CARTRIDGE HOUND Vol 10 - issue 2
    THE CARTRIDGE HOUND Vol 10 - issue 2
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    Need to drop a Tyrannosaurus Rex in its tracks?  These lethal loads would only make him mad but they will stop any present day critter cold. (From the Jim Buchanan Collection)

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  • ENTRY POINT Vol 10 - issue 2
    ENTRY POINT Vol 10 - issue 2
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    SOMETIMES WE DON’T SEE WHAT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. RECENTLY COLLECTORS HAVE BEEN TURNING TO MORE MODERN GUNS. WITNESS THE PHENOMENAL SUCCESS OF THE COLT “SNAKE SERIES”, A SERIES OF LIMITED EDITION REVOLVERS THAT HAVE SKYROCKETED IN VALUE.

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  • WILLIAM, SAMUEL, AND CHARLES SMITH
    WILLIAM, SAMUEL, AND CHARLES SMITH
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    So many Smiths! (1)  e name appears on many 19th century English  terms, but one Smith family is particularly worth discussing. William, and then his sons Samuel and Charles, created  ne  rearms, but several unique achievements make these gunmakers special: the world’s most beautiful  intlock; an unusual percussion ignition system; and an idiosyncratic double-barrel design. I’ll discuss and show examples of all these, and then I’ll explore the mysteries of the Smith family numbering systems. 

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  • THE RUGER OLD ARMY
    THE RUGER OLD ARMY
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    In 1972 Ruger introduced the Old Army. If you take the Remington 1858 New Army and marry it with the Ruger Super Blackhawk you have the  rst modern cap and ball revolver. Apply a patented loading lever system that is guaranteed to never come loose from recoil and you have the “ rst significant advance in percussion revolver construction in more than a century.”

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  • WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? SPRINGFIELD ARMORY AND ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL MODEL 1903 RIFLE NUMBER 934
    WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? SPRINGFIELD ARMORY AND ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL MODEL 1903 RIFLE NUMBER 934
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    Most, if not all, of the readers of this article know that both Spring eld Armory (herea er “SA”) and Rock Island Arsenal (herea er “RIA”) manufactured the superb Model 1903 ri e and that both facilities started their serial numbers at number 1. Why this was done is hard to understand, for surely the Ordnance Department should have known this would lead to an accountability problem, plus a lot of confusion, for at that time and up to World War II the Department tried to maintain weapon...

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  • CANNON LOCKS
    CANNON LOCKS
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    If you were a gunner's mate aboard a late eighteenth or early nineteenth century man-o-war and determined to maintain or attain mastery of the seas, the ability to precisely determine when to let go with a broadside was of critical importance.  the method of using a port re and quickmatch just wasn’t precise enough to time discharge with the roll of the ship. Many seafaring countries adapted mechanical devices that enabled the gunner to precisely time the angle of roll to the cannons target.

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