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From the Vault: S&W Model 17 Snub Nose
From the Vault: S&W Model 17 Snub Nose

Today, Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem shows us a unique revolver: a snub-nosed Smith & Wesson Model 17. The Model 17 is S&W's long-running .22 LR K-frame target revolver, which usually comes from the factory with a 6" or 8-3/8" barrel. Steve transplanted a .38 Special Model 15 snubbie barrel and installed a .22 rimfire liner. He got the idea from a gun he saw in a museum. Built by Smith & Wesson for the Air Force, it was a prototype for a .22 caliber training variant of the aluminum alloy snub

From the Vault: Colt Target Bisley
From the Vault: Colt Target Bisley

Single-action wheelgun fanciers rejoice - this one's for you! It took no persuasion at all to get Keith and Steve to head back to Rock Island Auction Company so they could check out this rare Colt Bisley Flattop Target revolver. The Bisley is the late 19th Century's equivalent of the tricked-out Colt 1911 Gold Cup. It's the target variant of the Single Action Army, named after the famous Bisley shooting range in Surrey, England. Less than 1,000 of these Flattop target Bisleys were made, and this

From the Vault: Mauser 1912/14 Prototype Pistol
From the Vault: Mauser 1912/14 Prototype Pistol

Our intrepid Gun Techs Keith and Steve have returned to Rock Island Auction Co. where they've uncovered a very rare Mauser 1912/14 prototype pistol. It's the Model 1910 (.25 ACP) and Model 1914 (.32 ACP or "7.65 Browning" to Europeans) pocket pistol platform scaled up to service pistol size so it could shoot the 9mm Parabellum (aka 9mm Luger or 9x19mm) cartridge. The Rock Island gun is No. 31 of the Model 1912/14 prototypes and one of only 8 or 9 total (!) imported into the United States. Keith

From the Vault: Smith & Wesson Model 53
From the Vault: Smith & Wesson Model 53

From the Vault: Smith & Wesson Model 53

From the Vault: Colt 357
From the Vault: Colt 357

Guntechs Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford travel to Rock Island Auction Company to explore the Colt .357, the precurser to the Colt Python.

From the Vault: Smith & Wesson ASP
From the Vault: Smith & Wesson ASP

Guntechs Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford go over the Smith and Wesson ASP.

From the Vault: Welrod Mark II
From the Vault: Welrod Mark II

Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem vist the Rock Island Auction House to talk about a Welrod Mark II.

From the Vault: Colt Target Guns
From the Vault: Colt Target Guns

Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction Company to talk about a pair of Colt Target Guns.

From the Vault: Colt Match Target Woodsman
From the Vault: Colt Match Target Woodsman

Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction Company to talk about a Colt Match Target Woodsman.

From the Vault: AF2011-A1 Double Barrel
From the Vault: AF2011-A1 Double Barrel

Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction House to talk about a AF2011-A1 Double Barrel from Arsenal Firearms.

From the Vault: Schwarzlose Model 1898
From the Vault: Schwarzlose Model 1898

Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction Company to talk about an 1898 Schwarzlose automatic pistol.

From the Vault: S&W No. 1 & 2 Revolvers
From the Vault: S&W No. 1 & 2 Revolvers

Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction House to talk about the Smith & Wesson No 1 and 2 Revolvers.