Historic Firearms Blog

Hi, Lee here. Glad to have you drop by for a visit. What’s on your mind today? Dreaming about that special old rifle you’d like to have, or the one you have that you’d like to fix up?

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Handloading the 50-70 for Antique and Modern Rifles

Handloading the 50-70 for Antique and Modern Rifles by Croft Barker Most single shot aficionados are aware of the fact that the fifty-seventy Government cartridge was first issued to U.S. Army units in 1866 for use in the Model 1866 Springfield trapdoor. This rifle was our first...

There is no magic bullet

There Is No “Magic Bullet” by Lee Shaver Problems we have with accuracy are at times not the problems we think we have. So how do you figure out what those problems might really be? In this article, I will attempt to teach you exactly what happens...

Come from Your Rest Old Rifle

“Come from Your Rest, Old Rifle” by Charles H. Chapman My den is warm and cozy, My hearth fire glares and glows, Lighting my worn old rifle, Hanging in long repose.   My body lies limp in the arm chair, My lips clasp a dead cigar, My thoughts have fled from my keeping; They have...

Hunting with Paper Patch Bullets in Sharps 45/120 AKA 45/110

Hunting with Paper Patch Bullets in Sharps 45/120 AKA 45/110 by Tom Ball Taking Elk With a Paper Patch Bullet. My 21-year old son Eric and I drew cow elk tags as our second choice in our favorite hunt unit in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming. My...

Readers remarks

Readers’ Remarks I got rid of all my other magazines and keep renewing yours. Keep up the good work. -Gil M., Corona, California   I enjoy your publication and enjoyed stopping by your business several years ago when I was in South Carolina. Chuck Yeager had just been...

Words of wisdom

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not...

Inside the “Gun Crank’s” Head

by Carl Knutson, Jr.   She asked, “Don’t you have enough guns yet?” I answered, “Just about! Maybe!” That little exchange got me thinking, “What’s wrong with that woman? Doesn’t she understand what’s in a gun crank’s head?”   When I see a single shot rifle my mouth begins...

A Dream Come True

by Brett Boyd Okay, so I said there would be no more gun projects! Well, I meant that there would be no more new gun projects. With gunsmithing delays running into the years, it was a pretty safe bet being secure in the knowledge that my backlog...

Catching the “Single Shot Bug”

by Dick Bankhead Editor’s Note: This article was written when Brett Boyd was publisher of the SSE. A couple of years ago I came back to my birthplace in York, South Carolina after a career in the Pacific northwest. My cousin has an office in The Single...