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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Brownells Gun Techs and avid students of firearm history, Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem, return to Rock Island Auction Company to show us a Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian revolver made, not by Smith & Wesson in the United States, but in Russia at the Tula Arsenal in 1886. You can tell it's a Russian model because of the "knuckle" at the top rear of the grip frame and the finger hook protruding down from the triggerguard - that's how the Russians liked 'em. (That knuckle showed up, in less pronounced
Brownells Gun Techs and resident firearm historians Steve and Keith have donned their best Saturday night goin'-into-town duds and returned to Rock Island Auction Company to show us a very rare, beautifully preserved, lavishly engraved Colt Single Action Army revolver (aka, Peacemaker, Model 1873, Model P, SAA). It was originally owned by Bob Dalton of the Dalton Gang, a group of outlaws active all over the West ca. 1890 to '92. Only 10 of these guns were made, two going to Bob Dalton and two ea
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