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Mauser C96 with Chinese Hand-Made Frame

After posting my video of the oddball Chinese pistol in the recent RIA auction, I received a number of emails from folks with similar sorts of guns. One was from a fellow named Leonardo, who ended up with an interesting Chinese creation courtesy of Fed Ord. About 20 years ago, they were selling really junky [...]

Handmade Auto-Revolver at RIA

This very odd one-off pistol first appeared in a 1958 Golden State Arms catalog, with no description of its history or mechanical design. I have often seen it referred to as an automatic revolver, but this is a misconception – what appears to be a cylinder is actually a rotary magazine, akin to a Ruger [...]

Four-Shot Superposed Ratchet Pistol at RIA

Today’s item in the upcoming Rock Island Premier Auction is a rather unusual percussion pistol. It began life as an underhammer gun, and was rebuilt by an unknown gunsmith as a percussion gun that fired four superposed charges with a creative repeating action.

Gun Deductions II

A little while back, I got another of those interesting emails with a handful of photos and a note saying:

I have a friend that has a gun I can not identify. I asked Grant thinking with it being some type of revolver he would know. He told me to ask you.

Well, the photos [...]

Dyer Multi-Caliber Rifle

I received a request from a collector trying to find information on the Dyer International Caliber Rifle. I have been unable to find anything myself, but the fellow did have a pair of technical drawings that he shared with me, and the rifle they depict is certainly something different.

The drawings are dated December 1943, [...]

W.B. McCarty’s Peculiar Revolver

Okay, to be precise I should say that it is W.B. McCarty’s idea for a peculiar revolver. We know nothing about Mr. McCarty beyond the fact that in 1909 he was granted a patent for a revolver concept in which the cylinder was oriented in a direction perpendicular to a conventional design:

As you [...]

Cool Extras

I have some extra neat stuff this week, so I figured I’d combine a couple things in another post this morning. First up is the first really cool Tumblr page I’ve run across: Rare Antique & Beautiful Firearms. It’s only been running for a week or so, so time will tell if they can keep [...]

A Tour of American Spirit Arms (Video)

Are you interested in firearms manufacturing? If so, you should check out GunLab today, where we’re (finally) posted something new. We went to visit the fine folks at American Spirit Arms, and they let us wander through their shop looking at how everything is made. We put together a video on, among other things, how [...]

Gahendra Gunsmithing Gets More Complicated

A little while back, I picked up a Gahendra rifle from IMA – the plan was to clean it up, make sure it was in safe firing condition, and do some shooting with it.

Gahendra "Martini" (image from IMA)

Well, we finally got a chance to really get started on it this past weekend. [...]