Throughout time and around the world, man has made some historic finds by accident. In Thailand, the Emerald Buddha which now rests in Bangkok’s Grand Palace, was originally found after lightening struck a chedi (temple) in the mid 1400s and revealed the statue’s precious green jade from under it’s stucco covering. All through Western Civilization, many statues and treasures were painted over to make them look cheap and valuables were cast into cement. Many relics were lost or destroyed before archaeologists and historians have realized their finds. I own such a piece that could have easily been resold or even thrown away. Continue reading
Some things are just meant to be, for instance, me and my new (old) Remington Double Derringer, Type 3.
When I was a kid, I had a Derringer cap gun and I have wanted the real thing ever since. My Mom told me that my great Grandmother used to carry a Derringer in her boot back in the 1800s! She lived in a tough little coal mining town in Virginia. Those folks worked hard and partied even harder! Continue reading
I would like to write about cheap guns in this article. What do I mean when I say, “Cheap Guns”? I could mean that they are cheaply priced, meaning a good value, or I might be saying that it is a cheap piece of crap… or both! Some folks are lucky enough to be able to say that they would have nothing to do with a cheap gun. Well, I would bet that most of the people that own cheap guns would love to be able to have the same attitude. Continue reading
The AK-47 is the most prolific rifle in the world. It is a weapon that has changed the course of human history like water has cut rivers into the earth. The AK can be seen on flags, money, T-Shirts and in the hands of just about every nationality in existence and some that do not even exist anymore. The AK stands for Avtomat Kalashnikova and the 47 was the year that the rifle was manufactured. The rifle was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov and the Soviet Armed Forces began using the AK-47 in 1949. The AK replaced the older Russian used weapons, such as the Mosin-Nagant and SKS rifles. Continue reading
When I started working on the Western Field shotgun, I already had two other “projects” laying around the house. This particular firearm was entirely covered in fuzzy rust and the bolt was fused shut from corrosion. The stock was moldy and needed some care too. The plastic trigger guard on this old guy was warped straight from screw to screw! There was a good inch of space between the top of the trigger guard and the bottom of the stock and the screws were torqued tightly in the wood. Continue reading
When people tell me “guns scare me”, I say “That’s a good start.” Then I tell them what they should really be scared of: criminals, politicians, lawyers, etc., but that is an entirely different topic. What I would like you to think about is safety. Continue reading
When someone describes a person as being inventive, creative, prolific and a genius, certain historic men come to mind. Michelangelo, da Vinci, Newton, Mozart, Escher, Edison are all names of people that have the above qualities. Many of you will have already thought of these historic men based upon these attributes. I must add another man’s name to this list, John Moses Browning. Some folks that have never shot a gun or live in a cave may not know this name, but if you had just said Browning, even the uninitiated would recognize the name as much as Winchester, Colt, or Smith and Wesson. John Browning was not just an inventor or Gunsmith; he was an innovator and a genius.
This has been the year of “Topper” shotguns for me. Fairly recently I’ve restored, or brought back to life, four variations of the Topper shotgun. Harrington & Richardson owns the license for this wonderfully simple single shot, pivot barrel shotgun which was first built in 1893. Many companies have built this model shotgun, with slight variations. The 20 gauge shotgun I just finished working on was manufactured by Riverside Arms Co., and was a “hardware store shotgun” produced in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.
Riverside Arms was bought by Stevens Arms sometime before World War I. At some point, Savage bought Stevens, so there is a connection to a long line of manufacturing prowess behind this shotgun. This shotgun has a top lever rather than a side lever release to break the action open. I think the top lever is much classier. Continue reading