Military Firearms

The Needle Gun Started It All

The first breech-loading rifle to fire a self-contained cartridge is a great collector piece.

Loads for the Military Bring-Backs

The Mauser and the Arisaka both offer great opportunities for handloaders. Here are a few loads you can start with to bring these guns to life.

SKS Collecting: The Last Hold Out?

Having held out for years, Dan Shideler gives the SKS a chance.

You, Me and the CMP

Did you know that even today most Gun Digest readers can buy military surplus M-1 Garand rifles, M-1903 Springfield rifles, M-1917 rifles, surplus military 22 LR target rifles, ammunition, and gun parts taken directly from surplus U.S. government stocks at excellent prices?

Izhmash: Russian AK Maker Bancrupt

The Russian firm Izhmash (Izhevsk Mechanical Works) holds the patents for the AK-47, and it is going broke because of all the illegal copies of its weapons being produced worldwide.

Mauser Q&A with Bob Ball

Bob Ball reviews one of the most treasured names in the history of firearms: the Mauser.

Warhorses: The 1903, M1 Garand and M14

With the current political environment leaving manufacturers of modern tactical rifles buried in upwards of six month or greater backorders, gun owners looking for battle-ready weapons would be wise to consider the proven classic tacticals like the Springfield 1903 or M1 Garand.

Luger Collecting Advice

Here is a sample chapter from the Standard Catalog of Luger.

AR-15 Spotlight: The Les Baer Custom Police Special

This AR-15 should cost a lot more than $1690. Here's a quick look at a custom AR-15 priced well that doesn't skimp on quality.

Hands On! AOM150 Paratrooper Model Revives a Classic

The M-1 Carbine Paratrooper Model is back. This .30 caliber rifle with a walnut stock and folding buttstock is as true a reproduction of the original as can be made.

The Black Sheep of the Family? AR-15s as Collectibles

Is the AR-15 somehow beyond the pale of legitimate, serious gun collecting? I used to think so, but I've changed my mind. Let's examine why some otherwise well-balanced gun collectors don't pursue the AR-15.

Mauser Q&A with Bob Ball – Part 2

Bob Ball discusses the pistols of Mauser.

Mauser Q&A with Bob Ball – Part 1

Few people know as much about the venerable Mauser as Bob Ball. If you love these german rifles, or are considering buying one, this Q&A is for you.


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