Rifle New Barrel Break-In

Back when I started shooting in the seventies, and when I got into competitive benchrest shooting in the eighties, the notion of needing to break-in a barrel was unheard of. It was certainly unheard of in the shooting circles I was moving in. So it caught my interest when I bought a copy of the ...

Winchester 1883 Prototype Revolver

Winchester were not content with just being America's main rifle maker, they also looked at becoming her main revolver maker and created prototypes such as the Wetmore-Wells which was displayed at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, and the work done for Winchester by Hugo Borchardt to create prototypes that same year. Colt meanwhile were ...

BMW R16

BMW's first venture into motorcycle manufacture was with their tube framed R32, R42, and R52 series (See our Revivaler post on these bikes here). Tube frames proved to be fine for motorcycle construction but BMW had entered into motor car manufacturing with their acquisition of Automobilewerk Eisenach who were making British Austin Seven based automobiles ...

BMW R52

BMW began in 1916 when the aircraft engine manufacturer Rapp Motorenwerke was reorganized to become BMW. This was done at a time when the First World War was at its height. At the end of the war the Treaty of Versailles banned the German Air Force and the German aircraft manufacturing industry. Thus it was ...

R.B. Rodda Express Double Rifle

R.B. Rodda were a retailer of fireams and equipment for people in the services of the British Empire. They were not actually a gun maker but a retailer of quality firearms made by others such as W. & C. Scott. They were somewhat like the Army & Navy Store but with a more upper crust ...

Stutz Blackhawk

Way back in 1968 a New York Banker named James O'Donnell got together with legendary American designer Virgil Exner who had worked with both Studebaker and Chrysler and was one of the driving forces behind American car styling of the fifties and sixties including rear fins so they looked more like aircraft than mundane road ...