Antique folding trigger 32 Revolver Liege Belgium
 Antique folding trigger 32 Revolver Liege Belgium Needs work seems to be missing a spring in trigger mechanism Antique no FFL required must be over 18 Good visual condition for it's age. Lots of markings
Value Sold For $120.00

 Antique folding trigger 32 Revolver Liege Belgium

 Nickel Finish Antique folding trigger 32 Revolver Liege Belgium Needs work seems to be missing a spring in trigger mechanism Antique no FFL required must be over 18 Good visual condition for it's age. Lots of markings

Vintage .38 S&W Smokeless Remington UMC Vintage Box

.38 S&W Smokeless Remington UMC Vintage Box
.38 S&W Smokeless Remington UMC Vintage Box from Steuck-Bernhard Sporting Goods Napa California

Body Armor Ammo Caliber Level Chart

Bullet Proof Vest Ballistic Level Chart with Ammo Calibers
Body Armor Ammo Caliber Level Chart
Bullet Proof Vest/ Armor levels for various popular ammo cartridge calibers including 9mm, .357 mag, .38 special, .44 Magnum, 7.62, 30/06. Also .223 or 5.56 rifle calibers are generally considered to fit in the level 3 (III) category. 

Cartridge Dimensions Comparison of .380, 9mm and .45 acp

Ammo Size Dimensions Diagram 9mm .380 .45
This is a visual diagram of the exact dimensions of measurement for 9mm, .380 acp, and .45 acp ammunition/ bullets/ cartridges.

Handgun and Pistol Concealment Size Comparison Chart

Handgun Visual Size Comparison Reference Chart
Handgun and Pistol Concealment Size Comparison Chart
From the smallest pocket pistols to the largest full size semi auto handguns here is a visual comparison of actual size representations, scaled down of course. A visual reference can be useful in deciding what size gun you want for your particular application.

9mm Bullet Expansion Comparison Chart

9mm Holow Point Expansion Comparison Picture
9x19 9mm Luger sample bullets of various brands collected after firing to show and compare expansion.

Diagram Showing the Difference Between Rimfire and Centerfire Ammo

What's The Difference Between Rimfire and Centerfire Ammo?
What's The Difference Between Rimfire and Centerfire Ammo? This cutaway picture of the two side by side shows the difference in the two ammo variations. In the centerfire the firing pin strikes the primer located in the center of the cartridge base and in rimfire the firing pin crushes the primer located in the outer rim of the base.
Rimfire vs. Centerfire Ammunition: Understanding the Key Differences

When it comes to firearms and ammunition, understanding the different types available is crucial for both enthusiasts and those new to shooting. Two common types of ammunition are rimfire and centerfire. While they may seem similar, there are important distinctions between them that affect their performance, applications, and availability. Let's explore the differences between rimfire and centerfire ammunition.

Primer Location:
The primary difference lies in the location of the primer within each cartridge. In a rimfire round, a small amount of primer compound is distributed within a thin ring around the base (rim) of the cartridge case. When struck by a firing pin impact, this compound ignites, initiating combustion in the propellant charge.

In contrast, centerfire cartridges have a separate primer located at the center of its base. This primer contains an impact-sensitive explosive compound that ignites when struck by a firing pin or hammer blow.

Reliability and Durability:
Centerfire ammunition is generally considered more reliable than rimfires due to its design. The separate primer in centerfires allows for more consistent ignition since it is less susceptible to manufacturing variations compared to rimfires' distributed priming compound.

Additionally, because rimfires have priming compounds spread along their rims rather than contained within individual primers like centerfires do, they are more prone to misfires or "duds." This makes them slightly less reliable overall.

Caliber Range:
Rimfires are typically limited to smaller calibers such as .22 Long Rifle (.22 LR), .17 HMR (Hornady Magnum Rimfire), or .22 WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire). These calibers are commonly used for plinking (target shooting) or small game hunting due to their lower power levels.

On the other hand, centerfire ammunition covers a wide range of calibers, from small pistol rounds to large rifle cartridges. This versatility makes centerfire ammunition suitable for various applications, including self-defense, target shooting, and big game hunting.

Rimfire ammunition is generally more affordable compared to centerfire due to its simpler design and manufacturing process. However, availability can sometimes be an issue during periods of high demand or scarcity.

Centerfire ammunition tends to have a higher price point due to its more complex construction and wider range of applications. However, it is usually more readily available in different calibers and configurations.

Understanding the differences between rimfire and centerfire ammunition is essential for firearm enthusiasts or anyone interested in firearms. Rimfires are characterized by their distributed primer compound along the cartridge rim, limited caliber range, lower power levels, affordability but slightly lower reliability. Centerfires feature separate primers at the cartridge base offering better reliability across a broader caliber spectrum but at a higher cost.

Whether you're plinking with a .22 LR or hunting with a powerful rifle round like .308 Winchester or .30-06 Springfield, knowing which type of ammunition your firearm requires ensures safe operation while maximizing performance based on your specific needs.

.30 Remington AKA .30-30 Cal. Rem. Autoloading

L-R .30-30 Remington, .30-30 Winchester and 30-06 comparison
L-R .30-30 Remington, .30-30 Winchester and 30-06 Comparison
.30-30 Remington .30-30 Winchester 30-06 picture
L-R .30-30 Remington, .30-30 Winchester and 30-06 Headstamps/ Size comparison

U.S. Military Seeking New Handgun

Army Beretta M9 Pistol In Training   The U.S. Army is once again flirting around with the idea of replacing the Beretta M9 as the standard sidearm for all U.S. Military forces. From my understanding this is the third or fourth time the idea has been tossed around, but this time it looks like they may be serious about it. A meeting with industry manufacturer's reps was scheduled for late July 2014. The results are unknown but it was probably just a chance for various brands to submit their proposals for consideration. The next phase will likely be comprehensive testing of the actual firearms. 
   The proposal for the new Modular Handgun System also seeks to replace the 9mm cartridge with a "more powerful" round.
The Army’s list of requirements includes:

·         A more user friendly safety that is not susceptible to accidental engagement
·         Accessory rail, night sights and interchangeable grip modules
·         A slide that is more resistant to debris
·         Threaded barrel for suppressor
·         Service life of at least 25,000 rounds
   There a lot of people who are saying to just go back to a 1911 platform but it’s doubtful the Army will do this. They would be going back to a platform they deemed “obsolete” 30 years ago. Still a lot of Special Forces and Marine units continue to use the 1911 today because they feel it is still superior to the M9.
   Among possible contenders are Smith and Wesson M&P, Beretta 96A1, Sig Sauer P226 or P250, HK P2000, Glock G21, a Springfield XD variant in .45, and possibly an Offering from Colt similar to the Marine Corps M45 Close Quarter Battle System (AKA a tricked out 1911).

Here are the actual specifications as worded in the Sources Sought Request for Information:

1. Performance Improvement: Request information on potential improvements in handgun performance in the areas of accuracy and dispersion out to 50m, terminal performance, modularity, reliability and durability in all environments.

* The handgun and ammunition combination should, at a range of 50 meters, have a 90% or better probability of hit on a 4 inch circle when fired from a test fixture. It must maintain this throughout the life of the system. Systems are encouraged to utilize ergonomic and design improvements to minimize the effects of greater recoil energies, reducing the degradation of shooter-in-the-loop dispersion thereby improving the probability of hit.

* Modularity includes but is not limited to compatibility with accessory items to include tactical lights, lasers and sound suppressors. There is specific interest in designs that would be adaptable and/or adjustable to provide enhanced ergonomics that ensure 5th percentile female through 95th percentile male military personnel access to controls, such as the safety, magazine release, slide release and all other applicable controls. There is also interest in designs that offer these enhanced ergonomics while providing full ambidextrous controls.

* The handgun ammunition's terminal ballistics will be evaluated at ranges of 0-50m, over 0-14 inches of ballistic gelatin, to determine whether it provides more lethality when compared to the current U.S. Military M882 ammunition fired from the M9. Ammunition evaluated will meet international law of war conventions that bound current general purpose military ammunition. The Pistol evaluated must be capable of chamber pressures equal to or greater than SAAMI specification for the given cartridge, with prolonged reliability equal to or greater than the current M9. However, the ability to accommodate higher chamber pressures in excess of 20% over SAAMI spec without degradation of reliability is of specific interest.

* Reliability and Durability includes but is not limited to Mean Rounds between Stoppage (MRBS), Mean Rounds Between Failure (MRBF) and Service Life. There is specific interest in designs with ratings of at least 2,000 rounds MRBS, 10,000 rounds MRBF and 35,000 round Service Life.

Of course everyone has a favorite pistol and they are going to think that it fits the bill perfectly. Let’s just hope the Army finds the next 1911 and not a repeat of the M9. You won’t find many people that will argue that the 1911 was one of the best weapons ever designed but the M9 proponents are few and far between. My opinion is they should give in and come on over to the Dark Side and get a Glock. As much as I love old battle weapons and classic designs, I cannot argue with the virtues and proven reliability of the polymer wonder gun.
Glock 21 .45 Next Army Pistol
See the full RFI HERE

H&A Hopkins And Allen Top Break in .32 S&W with SAFETY

H&A Hopkins And Allen Top BreakH&A Hopkins And Allen Top Break
   The Hopkins and Allen company was founded in 1868 by S. S. Hopkins, C. W. Hopkins and C. H. Allen. The company experienced financial difficulties and in 1898 was reorganized as the Hopkins & Allen Arms Co. A fire in 1900 hurt them and in 1901, they were forced to merged with the Forehand Arms Company. The manufacture of Hopkins and Allen firearms ceased in 1917 when the plant was taken over by Marlin-Rockwell Corporation for the war time production of Browning automatic rifle components. Hopkins and Allen was well known for the many models of inexpensive revolvers and shotguns. H&A used various trade  names  including Blue Jacket, Ranger, Dictator, Smoker, Kitemaug , Defender, Pioneer, Capt. Jack, Tramps Terror, Bang-Up, and Czar.

   All Hopkins & Allen Arms Co revolvers manufactured from 1902 until 1917 had serial numbers stamped into the bottom of the handle. Most H&A handguns were nickel plated, with blue finish originally costing $.50 extra, grips were hard rubber, wood or pearl. Some had engraving from low to very good quality. Revolver barrel lengths varied from 1 3/4-6 in. Calibers were .22 rimfire (.22 S, L, or LR) up to .38-40 WCF.
The American Society of Arms Collectors article on Hopkins and Allen by Paul Berg
Another source of Hopkins and Allen info is HERE at
H&A Hopkins And Allen Top Break Cylinder
H&A Hopkins And Allen Top Break Cylinder

Ammunition Comparison Visual Guide Bullet Poster - Handgun Cartridges

This is another great wall poster available from the Cartridge Comparison Guide website. This one is specific to handgun caliber cartridges. It is extremely detailed and complete.
Ammunition Comparison Guide Bullet Poster - Handgun Cartridges
The Handgun Cartridges poster contains Metric, USA, and British cartridges.
  • Description From Their Website
  •  Over 320 Life Size Handgun Cartridges (within 4/1000 of an inch)
  • Includes prominent WWI & WWII era Military & Ordinance Revolver and Automatic Handgun cartridges. Including Webley, Bulldog, Nagant, Nambu, Pieper, Bergmann, Tranter, Gasser, Colt, Maxim, Browning, Mannlicher, Steyr, Sauer, Mauser, and others.
  • Includes a full range of cartridges from the 2.7mm and 3mm Kolibris up to 50 Cal cartridges such as the 500 Tranter, 50 G.I., 50 A&E (Desert Eagle), and the 500 S&W.
  • The poster features the first revolver and automatic cartridges from the 1800s into the early 1900s from all over the world. From the American Wild West the first Colt, Remington, Ballard, M&H, Henry, Herters, and Army revolver cartridges. From England & Europe - Rook, Morris, Francotte, Canne, Roth, Cattle Killer, Rast-Gassers, Ordinance (French, Dutch, German, Italian, Swiss), Russian, Montenegrin, Nagant Brazil, and Genschow.
  • The poster also includes modern cartridges such as the 5.7x28 FN, 22 TCM, 25 & 32 N.A.A., 9x18mm Ultra, 357 Sig, 9x25 DoubleTap, 357 Rem. Max, 400 Cor-Bon, 445 Super Mag, 460 Roland, and more.

Antique Firearms Law Changes Proposed In Senate

   The United States Gun Control Act of 1968 classified any firearm manufactured before 1898 as an antique thus making them exempt from any federal control. Essentially these guns are not considered the be "firearms" under federal law so they can be bought,sold, and shipped without any restrictions from the ATF.

   The date has remained unchanged for 45 years unlike the Curio and Relic classification which is updated and expanded on a regular basis. An antique in most items is commonly known as anything 100 years old or older so more items are included as they age.

   A new bill submitted May 1, 2014 designated H.R. 4547, seeks "To modify the definition of antique firearm". Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana drafted the bill in an effort to expand second amendment rights where these guns are concerned. The new definition for antique firearms would keep all the pre 1898 weapons and be expanded to include most firearms manufactured in or before 1913. Some military weapons like certain battle rifles would not be included.
firearms manufactured on or before 1913
Bill Cassidy (R-L
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

What is this gun?

Anybody know what the heck tho pistol is? Looks Cool....

Colt New Line .32

Does anyone know of the value on this old Colt New Line .32? Action seems to work well and barrel is excellent. The serial number is 3 digit.

Detailed Rifle Ammo Chart 5.56, 6.8 SPC, .308

Detailed Rifle Ammo Chart 5.56, 6.8 SPC, .308

Obama To Give Out Free Handguns to Responsible Citizens

Much like the Obama phone, these free pistols will be issued to responsible "disadvantaged" citizens with no criminal record. They are to be used for self defense purposes only and will shoot a special caliber called the .38 Barry. Applicants will also have to take a class in gun safety. Residents of New York will receive a large block of government cheese instead to throw out and distract the assailant .
Just Kidding....APRIL FOOLS !
Obama Gun
Obama Gun