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 […]

Commentary

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 […]