Lever Action Rifles

RIA: 2nd Model Smith-Jennings Rifle

August 13, 2016 Ian McCollum 14

The Smith-Jennings rifles are one of the evolutionary steps towards the revolutionary Henry and Winchester lever-action rifles. Here is the rifle that brought together the ideas of Hunt (who invented the rocket ball cartridge) and […]


A Spencer Anecdote

July 21, 2016 Ian McCollum 15

In early 1864, Arizona pioneer and Colonel King S. Woolsey borrowed a Spencer repeating rifle from then-Territorial Governor John Goodwin for an expedition against a band of Apaches. On Aril 26, 1864, the Hartford Evening […]

Lever Action Rifles

RIA: Evans New Model Carbine

June 3, 2016 Ian McCollum 14

The Evans rifle/carbine was developed in 1873 by a Maine dentist named Warren Evans. Its main innovation was a large helical magazine that held a whopping 34 cartridges of Evan’s proprietary .44 caliber cartridge. By […]

Finnish red guard militia members posing for the camera some time during the civil war.
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Finnish Militia

March 26, 2016 Ian McCollum 47

The woman at the front right has a Winchester 1895, almost certainly of Russian contract origin in 7.62x54R. The others appear to have Type 30 Arisaka rifles, which would have been sold to Russia by […]

Lever Action Rifles

RIA: Marlin 1897 Bicycle Rifle

February 23, 2016 Ian McCollum 27

Marlin’s 1892 lever action rifle in .22 rimfire caliber proved to be a very popular firearm, and so the company released an improved version in 1897, offered only as a rimfire takedown model. The 1897 […]

Lever Action Rifles

RIA: Whitney-Scharf Lever-Action Rifle

February 18, 2016 Ian McCollum 10

The Whitney-Scharf was the final rifle manufactured by the Whitney company before it was bought out and closed down by Winchester in 1888. Only about 2,000 of these rifles were made before that time.