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From the Vault: Ruger GP100 Revolver
From the Vault: Ruger GP100 Revolver

Brownells Gun Tech™ and resident Revolvermeister Steve Ostrem tells us about the innovative Ruger® GP100® revolver. "Wait... the GP100® is still in production and isn't old or historic or collectible," you say™ Maybe not now, but it will be! Introduced in the mid-1980s, the GP100® is a medium-frame double-action revolver designed around the .357 Magnum cartridge. Its cylinder locks at the rear AND the front, so when that cylinder is closed, it stays put. The GP100® is built to take full-power .3

From the Vault: Beretta M1951 Pistol
From the Vault: Beretta M1951 Pistol

Today, Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford go to "Area 51".... No, not that Area 51, but rather a special zone occupied by the Beretta M1951 9mm pistol, sometimes referred to simply as the "Beretta 51" or its U.S. import name, the Brigadier. The M1951 is special because it was Beretta's first locked-breech pistol. Before that, all Berettas were simple blowback designs, and in fact the Model 1934 was the mainstay of the Italian military in World War II. The 51 was specifically develop

From the Vault: The .41 Magnum Cartridge
From the Vault: The .41 Magnum Cartridge

Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem takes us on a little detour from our usual FTV fare of historic / classic firearms and instead discusses the "middle child" of magnum revolver cartridges - the .41 Magnum. It was developed in the early 1960s by two famous gun writers and great cartridge developers, Elmer Keith and Bill Jordan. Jordan wanted a medium-power load with a bigger bullet than the .357 Magnum for law enforcement use, a ".41 Special" that lobbed a 200 grain bullet at 900 fps. Keith envisi

From the Vault: Colt Police Positive Revolver
From the Vault: Colt Police Positive Revolver

Brownells Gun Tech™ and all-around reassuring presence Steve Ostrem shows us his Colt Police Positive. A beautiful little revolver introduced in 1907, the Police Positive is built on the Colt D frame, same as the Detective Special. Steve's gun is chambered in .38 Smith & Wesson - oops! Colt called the cartridge the ".38 Colt New Police" because who wants to give their arch-competitor free advertising™ The Police Positive was much loved by professional constabulary and private citizens alike beca

From the Vault: S&W Model 17 Snub Nose
From the Vault: S&W Model 17 Snub Nose

Today, Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem shows us a unique revolver: a snub-nosed Smith & Wesson Model 17. The Model 17 is S&W's long-running .22 LR K-frame target revolver, which usually comes from the factory with a 6" or 8-3/8" barrel. Steve transplanted a .38 Special Model 15 snubbie barrel and installed a .22 rimfire liner. He got the idea from a gun he saw in a museum. Built by Smith & Wesson for the Air Force, it was a prototype for a .22 caliber training variant of the aluminum alloy snub

From the Vault: Colt Target Bisley
From the Vault: Colt Target Bisley

Single-action wheelgun fanciers rejoice - this one's for you! It took no persuasion at all to get Keith and Steve to head back to Rock Island Auction Company so they could check out this rare Colt Bisley Flattop Target revolver. The Bisley is the late 19th Century's equivalent of the tricked-out Colt 1911 Gold Cup. It's the target variant of the Single Action Army, named after the famous Bisley shooting range in Surrey, England. Less than 1,000 of these Flattop target Bisleys were made, and this

From the Vault: Mauser 1912/14 Prototype Pistol
From the Vault: Mauser 1912/14 Prototype Pistol

Our intrepid Gun Techs Keith and Steve have returned to Rock Island Auction Co. where they've uncovered a very rare Mauser 1912/14 prototype pistol. It's the Model 1910 (.25 ACP) and Model 1914 (.32 ACP or "7.65 Browning" to Europeans) pocket pistol platform scaled up to service pistol size so it could shoot the 9mm Parabellum (aka 9mm Luger or 9x19mm) cartridge. The Rock Island gun is No. 31 of the Model 1912/14 prototypes and one of only 8 or 9 total (!) imported into the United States. Keith

From the Vault: Smith & Wesson Model 53
From the Vault: Smith & Wesson Model 53

From the Vault: Smith & Wesson Model 53

From the Vault: Colt 357
From the Vault: Colt 357

Guntechs Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford travel to Rock Island Auction Company to explore the Colt .357, the precurser to the Colt Python.

From the Vault: Smith & Wesson ASP
From the Vault: Smith & Wesson ASP

Guntechs Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford go over the Smith and Wesson ASP.

From the Vault: Welrod Mark II
From the Vault: Welrod Mark II

Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem vist the Rock Island Auction House to talk about a Welrod Mark II.

From the Vault: Colt Target Guns
From the Vault: Colt Target Guns

Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction Company to talk about a pair of Colt Target Guns.