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One of One Thousand Winchester Model 1873 Rifle from the Ray Bentley Collection


Julia’s Spring 2018 Extraordinary Firearms Auction

This will be the final auction held at Julia’s fabled Fairfield, Maine auction barn before all future auctions move to Morphy Auctions Locations in Denver, Pennsylvania, and Las Vegas. Here is the entire release, for those who are serious investors and the rest of of us who will simply drool and dream…

Picture shows a cameo painting of Irish gun maker, John Rigby.


30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 17: Ireland’s Most Famous Gun Maker John Rigby

Rigby was known for their dueling pistols and are now synonymous with fine hunting rifles designed for big and African game. They are the third oldest gunmaker in the world. John Rigby was born in 1758 and established his fine firearms company John Rigby and Co in 1775 in Dublin, Ireland. Rigby served as a Grenadier Captain in the Independent Dublin Volunteers—the Irish militia raised to defend Ireland after British soldiers left the country to fight the Revolutionary War. John Rigby was also an active Freemason and excellent marksman.

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Rock Island Auction Company Regional Auction February 21-23, 2014

Rock Island Auction Company’s next Regional Firearms Auction takes place February 21-23, 2014. That means a lot of new hardware is going to find its way into new hands and homes. RIAC’s Regional Auction is not to be confused with its Premiere Auctions; the former is designed for shooters or beginning collectors, while the latter is for moderate to expert collectors or investors and are renowned for featuring some of the best and most collectable firearms available.

Cimarron Open Top revolver left side


Cimarron’s Open Top Revolver

While I do not recommend the single-action revolver as a front line defensive handgun, it is surprising how often it comes up in my training classes, or in conversation at the gun shop, that folks rely on these handguns. If the gun is reliable and well made, and the shooter is familiar with the action, they could do worse. Bob Campbell goes on to make his case for single actions and .45 Colt cartridge. What’s you opinion?

Model 1874 Gatling Gun


5 Guns for Cheaper Than Dirt

“Rock Island Auction Company’s December 2013 Premiere Firearms Auction is showing some pretty impressive wares for all types of collectors. The first day of the auction has over 770 lots where the low estimate is $2,000 or less. This of course is in addition to its regular selection of amazing, one-of-a-kind collector and investment grade firearms. Below are a few highlights of both the phenomenal and the affordable.” Read on…


Shooting the Russian 7.62×54

There is no reason to fear the surplus ammunition. Clean up is quicker, and easier, than black powder with these few simple steps. If you enjoy shooting surplus ammunition or own a WWI vintage rifle such as the Mosin Nagant, you need to read this article. P.S. Bob Campbell also shows why the 7.62x54R is also an ultimate prepper round…


The Mosin Nagant — A Must Own Rifle

The Mosin Nagant rifle has been produced in more quantities, over a longer period, than any other bolt-action rifle. The rifle deserves a book-length study. There are a number of tidbits of information that are helpful to the beginning shooter. Read this article to learn more.

Rare U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1875 Officer's Model Trapdoor Rifle, Late Type II


The History of the Springfield Trapdoor

The Springfield Trapdoor took its place in history despite the hesitation of those aware of the superiority of repeaters and magazine fed rifles. Although it didn’t see as much action as some more well known long guns, when you read the history, it has made a huge impact on the world.

No More M1 Garands


Keeping Surplus Military Weapons Off Our Streets?

President Obama’s latest Executive Action targets the importation of what is referred to as “military grade” weapons. This actions bars the importation of primarily WWII-era weapons such as the M1 Garand. The White House argues that some of these weapons end up ‘back on the street.’