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Since the 1963 publication of Confederate Handguns by William Albaugh, III, Hugh Benet, Jr. and Edward Simmons, this single shot brass framed pistol has been referred to, collected, and sold as a J. and F. Garrett pistol (Fig. 2). However, Mr. Albaugh himself later discounted this attribution and for several decades those dealers and collectors who stayed closely tuned to the market have doubted the attribution. The very dealers who knew enough not to believe that they were made by the...
“The rifle grenade travels almost noiselessly and explodes before the enemy can take cover. Proper use of the rifle grenade demoralizes the enemy [...]. Although the enemy can almost not be seen, it is possible to inflict heavy losses upon him.” This excerpt from the German leaflet “General remarks on the use of rifle grenades'' from World War I illustrates the high hopes that were put in the rifle grenade at that time. But how did it happen?
Colt collectors have marveled at the sight of the early Colt blackpowder revolvers for decades. In the beginning they were just tools to be used and admired for their efficiency, beauty and grace. Many of the early writings about them were inaccurate and incomplete leading to confusion among collectors. In 1937 Colt published “A Century of Achievement 1836-1936” which contains a brief history of the Colt Company and its firearms.
The Berdan Patent bolt action rifle called the “Russian II” is well known by collectors of military rifles of the world. It was not, however, Berdan’s first design for a bolt action breech loader. In his travels to Europe in 1866-68, he saw several other bolt action designs being tested — especially the French Chassepot rifle — and he apparently foresaw that his “trapdoor” designs, including the Colt Berdan Russian I rifle, would soon become obsolete. In late 1867, or early 1868, he began...
Miniature weapons and related paraphernalia have been around for nearly as long as have the originals after which they are modeled. Incredible craftsmen, like the famous Swiss watchmakers, have been drawn to the challenge of miniaturization of firearms, blades, artillery and virtually anything else that represents the level of quality and complexity found in weaponry.
In Volume Six, Issue Number 3 of this magazine, we carried an article on Shot Towers – those distinctive chimney-like structures that once (and in some places, still do) define the landscape. Our irrepressible English correspondent, Jim Buchanan, has come up with some related memorabilia of that period.
Eight Years and Counting As we approach the end of our eighth of publication, I’m taking time out to reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far. We’ve now published 48 consecutive issues, consisting of 165 articles, 179 columns and seven hard-copy Annuals. Our subscription base has continued to grow, albeit not as fast as we might like, but quite steadily. We now have subscribers in 21 countries.