Winchester Model 1911 SL and Browning Auto-5

Sometimes people do things that seem OK at the time but discover later on that the action produces long term consequences that were not envisaged and that cause major problems. This was the case for Winchester in their relationship with John Moses Browning. Although Browning had done some work for Winchester designing a number of ...

Ruger Rifles in Pistol Calibers

Many will ask the perfectly sensible question "Why would you want a rifle in a pistol caliber?" But going back in time one of Ruger's past carbines in a pistol caliber, a Ruger .44 Magnum Carbine, had a place in my rifle trunk. There are times when if you are going to shoot in a ...

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless

The Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless pistol is one of John Moses Browning's numerous success stories albeit a lesser known one as it has been overshadowed by the reputation of the M1911. But despite being overshadowed the M1903 became a popular small pistol and was adopted by the US Army and Air Force as their General ...

BSA Martini International

The BSA Martini International was created in 1950 as an improved version of the original small Martini action found on .22lr small bore target rifles and also in slightly different form on the Australian .310 Cadet rifle. The action of the Martini International was designed to provide everything that a small bore rifle shooter could ...

Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

It's hard to imagine that the Chevrolet Corvette is a car that almost never was; a car that was almost aborted before it had the opportunity to show the world what American style means. It is also a strange tale to tell that the Corvette was in part saved by GM's rival Ford, and by ...

Leica ER 5 Riflescopes

Although we're used to the name Leica being associated with top quality optics but at rather high prices it is refreshing to see their introduction of the new Leica ER 5 series of riflescopes which provide excellent Leica quality but at a price point that is affordable for most of us; in fact prices start ...

Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8

The move from the increasingly obsolescent Austin four cylinder engine to the Austin C Series six cylinder engine was not an easy transition for the Big Healey to make, and it was only made necessary because Austin were phasing the four cylinder out of production meaning there was no option other than to migrate the ...

Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Hot Rod

The Chevrolet Corvair Monza was to prove to be the best selling version of the Corvair and when it first appeared as the Mr. and Mrs. Monza show cars at the 1960 Chicago Auto Show and when it morphed into the Monza Spyder it garnered much interest later to be called "The poor man's Porsche" ...

Porsche 356 B 1600 Roadster by Drauz

The Porsche 356 was very much a father and son design effort with Dr. Ferdinand Porsche senior initially creating the Type 64 around 1938 with the intention of building three cars to compete in the planned 1939 Berlin-Rome road race, and the three competition cars were indeed built however the situation Europe forced the cancellation ...