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From the Vault: Ruger Super Blackhawk
From the Vault: Ruger Super Blackhawk

"A gun that does its job so well, we tend to take it for granted," is how Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem describes the Ruger® Super Blackhawk® - a deficiency he redresses in this video! Under founder Bill Ruger, "Sturm, Ruger & Co." first produced two .22 rimfire guns, the Standard Model .22 Automatic Pistol and the Single-Six® single action revolver. Then it was time for a centerfire single action revolver, the "small frame" Blackhawk in .357 Magnum. When the .44 Magnum cartridge came along,

From the Vault: Colt Cobra / Agent Revolvers
From the Vault: Colt Cobra / Agent Revolvers

Republican vs Democrat. Red State vs Blue State. Pro This vs Con That. Of all the debates raging in America today, none is more heated than one of the oldest: Colt vs Smith & Wesson. Today, Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford has one for the "prancing horse" fans - the Colt Cobra snub-nosed revolver. Introduced in 1950, the Cobra offered a revolutionary break from revolver tradition - an aluminum frame. At 15 oz., the Cobra was a LOT lighter than the Colt New Service or an S&W Military & Police (Mode

From the Vault: Colt Model 1910 Pistol
From the Vault: Colt Model 1910 Pistol

Nope, that's not a typo in the title. Today, Brownells Gun Techs™ Keith and Steve are at Rock Island Auction Company to show us a Colt Model 1910, one of less than a dozen made. The U.S. Army Ordnance Dept. trials of the M1910 led directly to the adoption of the Model 1911. Looking at it from the right-hand side, you might mistake it for the M1911. It has the 1911's 74-degree grip angle, rather than the Model 1909's 84 degrees. But wait.... there are no grip screws; the grip panels are actually

From the Vault: The Colt 1903 & 1908 Pocket Models
From the Vault: The Colt 1903 & 1908 Pocket Models

The Colt 1911 is rightly one of the most famous and recognizable handguns of all time. Before the 1911 debuted, Colt released the smaller Model 1903 Pocket. Brownells Gun Techs™ Keith and Steve are at Rock Island Auction Company, where they rounded up several examples of Colt Pockets to produce this Brownells Public Service Announcement™ explaining the differences between these guns. Steve starts with the original Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless in .32 ACP, which he compares to the larger Colt 1903

From the Vault: Hank Williams Jr's S&W Model 629 Prototype
From the Vault: Hank Williams Jr's S&W Model 629 Prototype

Even if we tried, we couldn't keep Brownells Gun Techs™ - and resident firearm historians - Keith and Steve away from Rock Island Auction Company, where they found a piece of Smith & Wesson history AND country music history rolled into one wheelgun. It's a prototype Smith & Wesson Model 629 .44 Magnum revolver, one of only 150 made, that was presented to Hank Williams Jr. by the company on his 40th birthday. The Model 629 is basically a stainless steel version of the Model 29, developed as a com

From the Vault: Cane Guns, Purse Guns & Other Curios
From the Vault: Cane Guns, Purse Guns & Other Curios

Collectible firearms come in all forms, even some that don't look like guns at all. Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford is joined by Joel Colander of Rock Island Auction Company to take a look at some curio guns that take the concept of "concealed carry" to new heights. It looks like a small coin purse, maybe a lady's compact, or even a cigarette case.... but the first gun is actually a Frankenau Purse Pistol. This is a five-shot revolver from ca. 1877-78 that fires obsolete pinfire cartridges and ha

From The Vault - WWII Liberator Pistol
From The Vault - WWII Liberator Pistol

We've featured a lot of beautiful guns on FTV, and even more that represent the pinnacle of firearm design and the custom gunsmith's craft. Today's gun is nothing like those! Brownells Gun Techs™ Keith and Steve are back at Rock Island Auction Co. to give us a close look at the frumpy, stumpy, crude FP-45 Liberator pistol, a product of America's clandestine war effort in World War II. "FP" stands for "flare pistol," which was part of a misdirection campaign to conceal the Liberator's true purpos

From the Vault: John Linebaugh Custom Revolver
From the Vault: John Linebaugh Custom Revolver

Keith and Steve are back at Rock Island Auction Co. because they got a line on a remarkable custom revolver. It has the power of a .45-70 rifle in a single action revolver you can carry in your belt holster all day. It's an original revolver by John Linebaugh Custom Firearms of Cody, Wyoming, chambered in, of course, .500 Linebaugh. This is one powerful wheelgun, and though it weighs LESS than a .44 Magnum, it will propel a 440-grain bullet at 1,300-1,400 fps. The gun is built on a Ruger® Blackh

From the Vault: Charlie Miller's 1911 & Remington Model 14
From the Vault: Charlie Miller's 1911 & Remington Model 14

What's almost as good as a field trip to Rock Island Auction Co.™ Rock Island bringing a pair of historic guns to our studio! Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem and Bobby Tyler of Tyler Gun Works in Friona, Texas, show us two guns owned by prominent Texas Ranger Charlie Miller. And let's be clear: this Colt 1911 and Remington Model 14 carbine were "working" guns used extensively on duty. Miller served all over the state of Texas, guarding the railroads, combatting livestock theft, and generally ke

From the Vault: Elmer Keith's No. 5 Colt Single Action Army
From the Vault: Elmer Keith's No. 5 Colt Single Action Army

Elmer Keith. If you know even a little about revolvers, you probably know that name. Hunter, rancher, guide, cartridge developer, dyed-in-the-wool lifelong firearm lover, and of course gun writer, few people in the 20th century knew more about revolvers and the cartridges for them than Keith.

From the Vault: The Elusive Colt Model 1910
From the Vault: The Elusive Colt Model 1910

Brownells Gun Techs™ Keith and Steve are back at "the gun collector's paradise" - Rock Island Auction Co. - to show us a rare pistol, the Colt Model 1910. "Wait, you mean 1911, right™" Nope, 1910. This particular pistol was a prototype built in the Colt tool room to pursue overseas contracts, which is why it was originally chambered in 9.8mm Colt, though later converted to .38 Auto (.38 ACP). It's more compact than the 1911, with a shorter slide and grip, and a noticeably narrower slide. Why did

From the Vault: Bat Masterson's Colt Revolver
From the Vault: Bat Masterson's Colt Revolver

When is a nicely preserved Colt Single Action Army revolver, nickel-plated and chambered in .45 Long Colt, not just another nicely preserved black powder frame SAA revolver™ When its original owner was Bartholemew William Barclay Masterson, better known as "Bat" Masterson - buffalo hunter, law man, gunfighter, gambler, associate of Wyatt Earp, close friend of Theodore Roosevelt, and eventually sportswriter and newspaper columnist. When his personal Colt Peacemaker arrived at Rock Island Auction