Keith and Steve are taking a break today, so their fellow Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant has stepped in to show us his Mossberg Model 151M(b) rifle. In production only from 1948 through 1954, the 151M(b) is a semi-auto .22 rimfire target rifle from the higher end of the Mossberg lineup but still very affordable, both then and now. It's fed by a tubular magazine running through the buttstock, and like most tube-fed .22s, it'll shoot .22 Short, Long, and Long Rifle ammo. When Caleb rescued this
Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford is in heaven.... well, as close as you can get while still having a pulse! He's at Rock Island Auction Company surrounded by early 20th century belt-fed machine guns, all of them designed by that American firearm genius, John Moses Browning. The Colt-Browning M1895 "Potato Digger" was the first successful gas-operated machine gun, and the first machine gun adopted by the U.S. military. Production was limited, so only small numbers of these served in both the Spanis
Brownells Public Relations Specialist Roy Hill shows us his Winchester Model 70 Safari Express chambered in .458 Win Mag. Introduced in 1956 as a pure dangerous game stopper, the belted .458 Winchester Magnum packs a 500-grain soft-nose jacketed bullet zooming at about 2,200 fps. This bullet alone is bigger and heavier than a 9mm Luger pistol round. The first gun chambered in .458 Win Mag™ The Winchester Model 70. Roy found this beauty at the Brownells Retail Store and gave back some of that mon
We've given up trying to tear them away! As long as Keith and Steve refuse to leave the Rock Island Auction Company, they might as well tell us about this beautiful little Winchester Model 64. A deluxe variant of the famous Model 1894 lever action rifle, the Model 64 was in production from 1933 through 1957 (so all 64s are "pre-'64s"). Rock Island's Model 64 is chambered in the now nearly forgotten .219 Zipper. A .30-30 necked down to .22 caliber, the .219 Zipper zipped along at about 2,700 fps.
It's time to kick back and see what Keith and Steve have found for us at Rock Island Auction Company.... Today it's a pair of "trapper" carbines from the two gunmakers synonymous with lever action rifles, Winchester and Marlin. Despite the name, these stubby-barreled rifles weren't used only by trappers. Anybody who needed a handy, compact, lightweight rifle might carry one, and because they were heavily used "working" guns, originals in good condition are quite rare. The National Firearms Act o
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
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
Brownells Gun Techs Keith and Steve are on another excellent adventure at Rock Island Auction Company, this time to show us a Winchester prototype .410 bore pump action shotgun from the 1920s. Available evidence suggests it was a forerunner of Winchester's Model 42, one of the best pump shotguns ever made. It would have been used to work out the details of balance, weight, and operation to get a reliable gun ready for mass production.... except the final production Model 42 is quite different, m
Brownells Gun Techs and avid firearm history geeks Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford return to Rock Island Auction Company to show us a real rarity: a Remington Model 16 autoloading rifle in .22 Remington Automatic. Also called ".22 Rem Auto," this rimfire cartridge is true Unobtanium nowadays. The gun itself is an exquisite blued-steel-and-wood creation with a slim, sleek receiver, and a magazine tube that loads from a port in the stock. It has an elegantly simple takedown mechanism, which Steve demo
From the Vault: Smith & Wesson Model 53
Guntech Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford travel to Rock Island Auction Company to explore an SMLE Sniper Rifle.
From the Vault: M2 Carbine with Night Vision
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