The M1 Garand's legacy as America's iconic battle rifle remains unmatched. Its revolutionary semi-automatic design and exceptional performance set new standards for firearms technology and forever changed the way wars were fought.
Firearms have played a significant role in shaping history, revolutionizing warfare, and becoming symbols of power, innovation, and cultural identity. From classic designs that have stood the test of time to cutting-edge modern weapons, the world of iconic firearms is as diverse as it is fascinating.
The M40. A revered name with few variations throughout history - the M40, M40A1, M40A3, M40A5. In the fifty years since its inception, the Marines’ update to the Remington 700 system has stood the test of time with its durability, simplicity, and hard-hitting rounds.
The story starts with Howard Grubb, a son born into an already-prominent telescope family. Under the name of the Grubb Telescope Company, Howard went on to build refractor telescopes for a number of observatories across Europe, powered by his family’s electrically driven clock drives. In 1900, Howard premiered his latest invention - a reflective sight for small arms.
Every so often, I’ll come across an old article that seems far too interesting to just leave behind. I’ve gathered up a few segments here that never made it into an article, though they may at some point in the future.
I hope you enjoy this rather unusual collection of stories, mostly from the 1800s.
Once upon a time, a peculiar gun worked its way westward on a journey of exploration and discovery. It didn’t kill a single person, but still proved its worth in safeguarding and hunting for its owners.
But enough euphemism and allusion - The owners were Lewis and Clark, and the rifle was a Girandoni Air Rifle.
Our story picks up in 1874 with the Silvers Company of England, and ends around 1930 with a name I’m sure many of you are familiar with: Pachmayr. A bit of a spoiler alert: These bruised-shoulder shooters solved the serious concerns of considerable kick, even way back then.
As the Wild West slowly changed into the Midwest and Southwest of the nation, the vaudeville scene was alight with gunslingers claiming to be the best. To wow the audiences and earn some notoriety, these trigger-tapping top gunners fired relentlessly at tiny targets tumbling through the air. Though it’s unlikely that we’ll see many shows like Buffalo Bill’s in the modern age, it’s fun to look back and marvel at just how much ammo they were willing to expend in the name of fame.
Imagine, if you will, two miles of sandy beach. At one end is you, with a selection of rifles featuring prototype cartridges and heavyweight bullets. At the far end is your target, up to 3200 yards away. The target is made of wood, layered in one-inch thick sections. The goal is to test bullet penetration at great distance, which now means you have tohitthe darn thing. Repeatedly. Without a scope. This was the job for Mr. R. T. Hare of Springfield Armory.