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From the Vault: John Rigby & Co Master Engraved Mauser Bolt Action Rifle
From the Vault: John Rigby & Co Master Engraved Mauser Bolt Action Rifle

From the Vault: John Rigby & Co Master Engraved Mauser Bolt Action Rifle

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: MAC-10 Submachinegun
From the Vault: MAC-10 Submachinegun

Think of any 1980s-90s "B" action movie or "Miami Vice" episode: firearms come out, a shootout commences, and what gun is sure to be involved™ The Desert Eagle. Right - that, too. But odds are there's also a MAC-10 in the mix, usually wielded by the bad guys. Brownells Gun Techs Keith Ford and Caleb Savant are at the Rock Island Auction Company to show us a pristine example of the infamous MAC-10 machine pistol. Developed by Gordon Ingram working in conjunction with Mitch WerBell, who developed

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: M2 Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun
From the Vault: M2 Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun

Brownells Gun Techs Keith Ford and Caleb Savant are in gun geek heaven at Rock Island Auction Company, where they show us an M2HB .50 caliber Heavy Machine Gun. Designed by John Moses Browning and introduced to U.S. military service in the early 1930s, the "Ma Deuce" is a true classic that served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the War on Terror. In WWII, pretty much all American fighting aircraft (P-47, P-51, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, B-17, B-24, B-29 - you get the picture™) were armed wit

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

From the Vault: Sig Model PE57
From the Vault: Sig Model PE57

Brownells Gun Techs Caleb Savant and Keith Ford went on another excellent adventure to Rock Island Auctions and discovered this gnarly-looking.... er, what is it™ Even Caleb has never seen one of these before, though bits of it look familiar. It is a SIG PE 57 rifle, a semi-auto version of the Swiss Army's Stgw 57 battle rifle, which was in service from 1957 to the 1990s. Chambered in 7.5mm Swiss (aka 7.5x55mm Schmidt-Rubin), the PE 57 may look ungainly, but it is a highly effective weapon with

From the Vault: Russian Military Tula Arsenal No. 3
From the Vault: Russian Military Tula Arsenal No. 3

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

From the Vault: Chinese Type 64
From the Vault: Chinese Type 64

The Chinese are not noted for giving their firearms exciting names, so you may not think there's much to the Type 64 pistol. But you'd be wrong! Brownells Gun Techs Keith Ford and Caleb Savant recently visited Rock Island Auction Company to take a look at this unique pistol with a built-in sound suppressor. The Type 64 was developed in the early 1960s and was employed in Vietnam. It was purpose-built as a suppressed pistol and is a very compact package - no big silencer screwed on the muzzle. Th

From the Vault: Evans Repeating Rifle Co. New Model Lever Action Sporting Rifle
From the Vault: Evans Repeating Rifle Co. New Model Lever Action Sporting Rifle

Think the high-capacity magazine is a recent invention™ Think again! On their most recent visit to Rock Island Auctions, Brownells Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem found this example of the Evans Repeating Rifle. The Evans shot its own unique .44 caliber cartridge, appropriately named the ".44 Evans," that had about as much oomph as a .44 Special. BUT it held 34 rounds in the even more unique helical tubular magazine that extended back through the buttstock. Actually, the stock is two piece

From the Vault: Bob Dalton's Colt Single Action Army Revolver
From the Vault: Bob Dalton's Colt Single Action Army Revolver

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

From the Vault: Smith & Wesson Model of 1917
From the Vault: Smith & Wesson Model of 1917

Brownells Gun Tech™ and Revolvermeister Steve Ostrem has a special treat for us: a look at the Smith & Wesson Model 1917 revolver in "forty-five" - .45 ACP, that is. When the U.S. entered World War I, the Army's inventory of Colt 1911 pistols - and Colt's capacity to build more quickly enough - was severely limited. As a result, Smith & Wesson chambered their .44 Special Second Model Hand Ejector large-frame revolver in .45 ACP. But that's a rimless semi-auto pistol cartridge, so how do you shoo