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Guns of the Old West

Guns of the Old West Spring 2020

Guns of the Old West is for the tens of thousands of Americans involved in our fastest growing shooting sport, Cowboy Action Shooting, the Old West is as alive today as it ever was, and especially so in any number of competition shooting matches East and West,

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United States
Athlon Media Group
USD 9.97
4 Números

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3 min.
back in the spotlight

There is this image of the American West we hold in our minds that is made flesh by men armed with Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army revolvers and Winchester Model 1873 lever-action rifles. I think Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West shows first put that image there as he toured the country in the early 20th century, an image perpetuated by movies and television shows that these were the “guns that won the West.” No doubt they did for many souls who lived their lives on the post-Civil-War frontier, but most men, and many stalwart women, who ventured West in the 1870s and 1880s probably didn’t have the money to possess either. In this issue, the soul of the American West is revealed by authors who look at some very old…

9 min.
the conversion chronicles

What do you do with an overwhelming surplus of percussion revolvers and parts that are rapidly becoming obsolete? That question, and the often discouraging answer, shuttered the doors of many arms-makers after the Civil War. And the Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company could have been one of them were it not for William Mason, one of two brilliant Colt arms designers who took the problem to task and engineered a means of repurposing the once-feted Colt 1860 Army and 1851 Navy models to fire self-contained metallic cartridges. This solution, however, did not come without a great deal of frustration to Mason, his colleague at Colt Charles B. Richards, and the new management of the company headed by the late Samuel Colt’s wife, Elizabeth, and her brother, Richard Jarvis. It was Colt’s…

3 min.
taylor’s & company conversions

More than 20 years ago, one of the earliest modern-day Model 1851 Navy cartridge conversions was designed by American arms-maker Dave Anderson, who had established American Frontier Firearms (AFF) in 1995. Anderson engineered the tooling to have 1851 Navy and 1861 Navy percussion pistols built into hybrid Richards-Mason conversions in Italy. Anderson’s design used a Richards Type II rear sight built into the top of the breech ring. AFF ended sales in 2000, around the same time that Armi San Marco (ASM) began selling similar guns. ASM ceased operations in 2003. Then, in 2007, Uberti introduced its 1860 Army Richards Type II, 1851 Richards-Mason Navy and 1858 Remington Army conversions. Uberti tested the waters in 2002 with an 1871 Richards-Mason conversion produced that year only, along with an 1871-1872 Open…

5 min.
adding to the collection

Legendary John Wayne used several Western gun belts and holsters before settling on what became known as “The Duke rig.” In his early Western movies, he wore a fancy hand-carved, silver-mounted buscadero rig, most likely from the shop of silversmith and saddle-maker Edward H. Bohlin. By the time he made Angel and the Badman in 1947, he was transitioning to The Duke rig, using a fancy hand-carved gun belt with a silver buckle, most likely by Bohlin, with a Mexican double-loop holster by H.H. Heiser of Denver. Rather than the buscadero drop-loop style, the Heiser holster went over the top of the gun belt. In 1953, The Duke starred in Hondo with what became his trademark rig. The Ranger-style gun belt had a standard 1½-inch chaps buckle as well as .45…

4 min.
magic in missouri

The fantastic collection of historic weapons available for viewing at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri, is one that gun lovers and history buffs won’t want to miss. Formally called the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, it tells the story of sporting firearms of the Old West as well as any other museum anywhere, and it’s located right in the middle of “flyover country.” If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to visit the National Firearms Museum at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, you know what a truly fantastic experience that is. Yet it is a long trip for those living anywhere but on the East Coast. Enter three guys who wanted to ensure that the history of guns, hunting and wildlife conservation was available to more Americans—Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny…

8 min.
single-shot wonder

A GOOD FIREARM is as much about the images it paints in your mind as it is about the rounds you put on target. When shooting the American-made Tippmann Armory Rolling Block rifle, it took only one round to conjure images from a time more than 150 years ago. I could envision blackpowder smoke rising from the muzzles of single-shot rifles in a long-range international shooting competition, settlers carrying them as they pushed farther west, soldiers shouldering them in battle in far-off lands and buffalo hunters firing them to stop great beasts in their tracks. While the rifles most associated with the Old West are the Winchester lever-action repeaters, when more power and longer reach were needed, powerful single-shot rifles were chosen. Among the notable single-shots of the time was the…