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Biography: Léon and Émile Nagant

July 15, 2015 Ian McCollum 22

Note: Today’s post was written by our friend and occasional contributor Robert White. Thanks, Robert! One of the oldest pistols still in service is the Russian M1895 Nagant, designed by Léon and Émile Nagant. Léon […]

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Biography: Henri & Nicolas Pieper

March 24, 2015 Ian McCollum 7

Today’s biography is a guest post by our friend Robert White – thanks, Robert! Henri Pieper was born and raised in modest German home in Soest (Westphalia) Germany on Oct 30, 1840. He received his […]

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Biography: Andrew Burgess

April 9, 2014 Ian McCollum 26

by Robert White With 894 patents, Andrew Burgess is one of the most prolific firearm inventors the world has ever known (second only to John Browning in number of firearms patents issued to an American), […]

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Biography: James Paris Lee

March 26, 2014 Ian McCollum 32

James Paris Lee was a firearms designer whose inventions had a far greater historical significance than even most firearms enthusiasts realize. Where Lee is recognized at all, it is generally for the rifles that bear […]

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Biography: Arthur W. Savage

October 11, 2013 Ian McCollum 26

The Savage Arms Company is known today for its bolt-action rifles (which offer a particularly good value for the money; I am very fond of my own Model 10), but the company got its start […]

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Biography: William John Whiting

September 6, 2013 Ian McCollum 16

Today is a continuation of an occasion series on the life stories of notable gun designers. I find it interesting to learn more about the men whose inventiveness and industriousness are responsible for the guns […]

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Biography: Christopher Miner Spencer

February 27, 2013 Ian McCollum 15

“[A] quiet little Yankee who sold himself in relentless slavery to his idea for six weary years until it was perfect” – John Hay, secretary to Abraham Lincoln Christopher Spencer was born on a farm […]