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From the Vault: The Makarov Pistol
From the Vault: The Makarov Pistol

Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford tells us about a Russian gun almost as "iconic" as the AK-47 - the Makarov pistol. The Soviet Army made do with the Tokarev TT-33 pistol and obsolete Nagant M1895 revolver as their standard-issue sidearms in World War II. Post-war trials seeking a new service pistol eventually led to the adoption of the "Pistolét Makárova". Nikolai Fyodorovich Makarov's design borrows from the Walther PP, but it's chambered in its own cartridge, the 9x18mm Makarov, a round similar

From The Vault - Smith and Wesson 22-32 Gun Kit
From The Vault - Smith and Wesson 22-32 Gun Kit

Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford hasn't found the bottom of his gun safe yet: today he shows us his Smith & Wesson 22/32 Kit Gun. The origins of this handy little .22 LR revolver go back to 1911, when S&W introduced a rimfire target revolver built on their .32 caliber I-frame, called the 22/32 Heavy-Frame Target model. In 1934, Smith brought out the shorter barreled 22/32 Kit Gun, so named because its was compact enough to put in your fishing kit, trapping it, or any "kit" you wanted to equip with

From The Vault - John Jovino Effector
From The Vault - John Jovino Effector

Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford is flying solo at the FTV bench today, and he has a treat for us: a custom Jovino Effector snub-nosed revolver. The John Jovino Gun Shop started in New York City in 1911 and was owned for many years by the Imperato family of Henry Repeating Arms fame. Produced by Jovino's custom shop in the late 1970s and early '80s, each Effector started life as factory Smith & Wesson N-frame target revolver. What made the Effector such an effective concealed carry gun™ The Jovino

From the Vault: Femaru 37M Pistol
From the Vault: Femaru 37M Pistol

Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford has reached into his own vault and retrieved another rarity, at least here in the U.S., a Femaru 37M semi-auto pistol.

From the Vault: Standard Mfg. Woodsman .22 Pistol
From the Vault: Standard Mfg. Woodsman .22 Pistol

Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford has a confession to make: the guns he most enjoys shooting are .22 semi-automatic pistols! One of his favorite .22 pistols is the Colt Woodsman. Designed by John Browning and introduced in 1915, the Woodsman is a sleek, natural-pointing, beautifully hand-fitted pistol that was never cheap. When Colt discontinued it in 1977, they did not offer a comparable replacement, much to the disappointment of fans. So for our enjoyment today, Keith reached into his personal va

From the Vault: Dan Wesson .22 Revolver
From the Vault: Dan Wesson .22 Revolver

Brownells Gun Tech Steve Ostrem took a trip to his own vault and brought out another gem: this Dan Wesson Model 22 revolver chambered in, you guessed it, .22 Long Rifle. This nicely made wheelgun came out in the early 1970s, and it has the Dan Wesson trademark interchangeable barrel. You could have one DW revolver and barrels for it in multiple lengths, which you could swap for different kinds of shooting activities. The barrel assembly consists of an exterior shroud and a separate inner barrel

From The Vault : Baby Walther P38
From The Vault : Baby Walther P38

Who'd guess that Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem is a softie™ Well, he's a sucker for cute, and today he shows us a cute little custom "baby" Walther P38. It's a mystery piece, still in the white, and whoever did the work was very skilled. As you'd expect, the barrel has been shortened, but the grip frame, grips, and magazine have also been drastically shortened. (We dare ya to make this video full-screen and try to spot visible evidence of the alterations!) The magazine is an original WWII Ger

From The Vault: 1892 French Revolver
From The Vault: 1892 French Revolver

Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem reached into his own vault and found this diminutive French Modèle 1892 Ordnance Revolver. This solid frame double action service revolver was adopted in that year by the French military. It's a well-thought-out, robust, beautifully crafted and finished firearm. Unlike American revolvers of the period, you load the 1892 by opening a loading gate to release the cylinder, which swings out to the RIGHT. A mounted cavalryman could hold the reins and his M1892 in his

From the Vault: Colt 1877 Double-Action Revolvers
From the Vault: Colt 1877 Double-Action Revolvers

It's a tough job, but fortunately Brownells Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem are willing to do it! They're back at Rock Island Auction Company to show us two extremely well-preserved, beautifully decorated examples of Colt's first double-action revolver, the Model 1877. Unlike the beloved Single Action Army - the Model 1873 "Peacemaker" - the M1877 wasn't around for long. It had a fragile, finicky, complicated action that was prone to breakage and so difficult to work on that more than one

From the Vault: Manceaux Percussion Pistols in Presentation Case
From the Vault: Manceaux Percussion Pistols in Presentation Case

Brownells Gun Techs Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem are back at Rock Island Auction Company checking out an elaborate pair of presentation dueling pistols made by Jules Manceaux in 1843. As you might infer from his name, Manceaux was a French gun maker, the finest in the royal workshop at Tulle (near Paris), who produced these matching percussion pistols, heavily engraved and inlaid with gold. They were presented by the last King of France, Louis Philippe, to his friend, the English naval hero Cap

From the Vault: Colt Anaconda Revolver
From the Vault: Colt Anaconda Revolver

Brownells Gun Techs and Keith and Steve, our favorite fanciers of fine firearms, are back at Rock Island Auction Company to show us their latest find: a Colt Anaconda revolver in mint condition. The Anaconda was Colt's large-frame double action wheelgun built to handle the .44 Magnum cartridge and compete directly with the Smith & Wesson N-frames, Ruger® Redhawk®, and big Dan Wessons. Steve thinks the Anaconda's outward resemblance to the Python is no coincidence. However, the internals are NOT

From the Vault: Three LeMat Revolvers
From the Vault: Three LeMat Revolvers

Brownells Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem have finally met their LeMat! Actually, they found THREE examples of the legendary Confederate Civil War revolver at Rock Island Auction Company. Why three™ Because there were three distinct variants of this massive, NINE-shot revolver with the cylinder revolving around a 20 gauge smoothbore barrel, which earned it the nickname "Grapeshot Revolver." The first Rock Island LeMat is an original muzzle-loading percussion model. Two Confederate generals