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Most of the guns mentioned, clockwise from left: High Standard derringer (.22 WMR), High Standard derringer (.22 LR), North American Arms revolver (.22 LR), BJT derringer (.38 Spl.) and the S&W Airweight (.38 Spl.) The J-frame Airweight is not much bulkier than the others, but is immeasurably better in every way.
Ya Gotta Wonder
A couple of years ago, I wandered into a gunshop and what should my wondering…
Strong? Here’s how strong: This filter contains two complete grinders full of freshly, ultra-finely ground, French roast. It will yield a little over one mug full to start the day.
One Last Remaining Vice
George Orwell is remembered as the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, but before…
The Sierra ZZ wood-burning stove. With the fire out, you can see the construction. Air is blown into the surrounding chamber, and then into the furnace through holes in the walls. That pile of firewood is enough to cook a couple of meals.
Cooking With(out) Gas
In 2008, I drove to the Yukon to go hunting with my old friend George…
Progression to the 11.15x51R, from left: Original .43 Mauser case, cut down to 2.1 inches, and then to 2.0 inches. The bullet is a 370-grain hollow-base from a custom mould, cut to duplicate the original UMC bullet for the .43 Mauser and .43 Spanish. Note the convex base of the cartridge case, known in Germany as the Type ‘A.’
An Odd Cartridge in an Odd Rifle
Gun collectors are a strange lot, and that’s putting it mildly. For example, a collector who…
The wherewithal of a Rigby rising bite double. It is one of the finest, but also one of the most difficult to make. In resurrecting the rising bite, Marc Newton and his staff at John Rigby & Co. in London have accomplished something truly fine. Photo courtesy John Rigby & Co.
The Apprenticeship News
As the late, great American essayist, A.J. Liebling, once wrote of boxing, “You can trace…
Joseph Harkom rook rifle — the same pattern as Holland & Holland’s “The Ross,” and likely made by the same manufacturer in Birmingham.
And the Winner Is …
In the interests of keeping readers abreast of the odd, the unusual, and the unexpected,…
T.J. Mortimer’s maker’s mark, in silver.
The Trials of Clan Mortimer
The name “Mortimer” pops up periodically throughout English and Scottish history. The earliest I ever encountered…
Alaska, 2013, and a late-season moose hunt. Fire is the most comforting — and sometimes life-saving — of mankind’s discoveries.
Among literary critics, there are usually two candidates for the title of greatest short story…
According to experts, a run-of-the-mill Walker with nothing special to recommend it should now change hands for a minimum of $250,000. This one had a better pedigree, and realized just shy of double that amount: $499,375. Photo courtesy Rock Island Auction Company
Old Colts and New Investments
As the stock market resumed its intermittent plunge last week, John Authers, a long-time columnist…
It’s hard to say which is more famous: Wild Bill Hickok, Samuel Colt’s Model 1851 Navy, or the Dead Man’s Hand (black aces and black eights) that Hickok was holding when he was shot in the back.
Hickok’s 1851 Navy
One of the highlights of the mid-May Rock Island premier auction was a Colt 1851…
Pair of Remington revolvers, presented to Ulysses S. Grant, and retained in the Grant family until 1976, sold at Rock Island on May 13 for a realized price of $5,170,000.
Grant’s Remington Revolvers. Wow.
At Rock Island’s pre-auction viewing day last week, a common topic of discussion was how…
This Stevens Model 47 Schützen rifle, in .25-20 Single Shot, was Wieland’s first impulse buy at Rock Island. It popped up on the big screen late on the last day, looked good, the bidding stalled, and Wieland took it home. He now has half a dozen more Stevens rifles of the same vintage, has written more than a dozen articles about them, and is pursuing yet another this week. Ah, well.
Rock Island Preview
This is the week of Rock Island’s second premier auction of the year, and I…
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