On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the Great War comes to an end. The historical roots of what we now know as Veterans Day in the United States began over 100 years ago in France, when Germany signed an armistice agreement that would bring about the end of World War I.
On all days here in the United States, but especially on the Fourth of July--the birthday of American independence--people show their love for America by displaying flags along streets, hanging them from porches, and proudly carrying them in parades and festivals.
When the end of Spring approaches, many national holidays are on the horizon, and looming large among them is Memorial Day. As a holiday, it stands out for its traditionally somber tone—seemingly alone among a class of officially recognized days that are jubilant and celebratory, but it’s perhaps the most important of them because of this.
If there’s one cartridge that comes to mind for personal defense use, it’s probably 9mm (9x19mm Parabellum). Odds are, you don’t immediately think of 5.7x28mm, despite its capabilities—and it might be time to change that. The 5.7x28mm is a newer cartridge by gun industry standards, but it’s done a lot to prove itself. Interested in learning more about a round that’s frequently considered a “boutique” choice? Trying to decide between 5.7x28mm and 9mm? You’ve come to the right place.
The hand of John Moses Browning is evident across firearms — everything from semi-automatic pistols, to shotguns, Winchester lever-action rifles, even military weapons such as the “Ma Deuce” .50 caliber machine gun that Browning designed — from the late 19th century into today. Browning’s designs took firearms from the single-shot rolling block rifle to the machine gun, and influenced almost all types of firearm design, particularly autoloading ammunition. His inventions included significant improvements to single-shot, lever-action, and pump-action rifles and shotguns, and he developed some of the first reliable autoloading pistols by inventing a telescoping bolt and integrating this bolt and barrel shroud into a slide.
Icon doesn’t quite do the Colt Single Action Army revolver in .45 Long Colt justice. If a Winchester lever action was the rifle that won the West, then the Colt .45 was the pistol that did likewise. It became U.S. Army standard issue sidearm in 1872 and would retain that position for the next 20 years, from the beginning of the “Indian Wars” across the Great Plains through Geronimo’s surrender in 1886 and beyond. Cowboys, gunfighters, gamblers, stage drivers, Native Americans, nearly every western character adopted both the pistol and the cartridge or one of its spin-offs between its introduction in the 1870s and the turn of the 20th century, a dynamic time in U.S. firearms history.
March has been celebrated as Women’s History Month since 1987, when it was created through an act of Congress and is designated each year through presidential proclamation. The focus of this celebration is to recognize and honor the contributions and achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Often overlooked are the achievements of women with firearms, so here’s a brief look at some “badass” ladies with guns.