Gun History

Back in 2007 when I first published this website, I thought I should include some pages with historic information. So I hired a writer in hopes of getting a better end product than what I might offer. The end result was not what I had hoped for, so I'm in the process of a complete rewrite of the offerings in the library. As of today, January 20, 2020, I'm about ninety-percent done.

book and gun

"If you are a Browning Auto-5 Shotgun fan, get this book!"

  Browning Auto 5 Shotguns

If the gun you are researching is a Colt, simply use their Serial Number Database Lookup Tool.

  Colt Database Search

Over the years I've parted with a few guns that I now regret letting go. Don't get me wrong, I don't lose sleep over them because each one yielded the profits to purchase the next one. Have you ever changed your mind about how you feel about something?

David Royal's Hardcover Book on The Savage Model 99
A Collector's Guide Savage 99 Rifle Hardcover Book

This hardback book covers the variations in each model and addresses comparisons between similar models; dispels a number of myths, misconceptions, and catalog errors and omissions; and contains complete production figures by serial number and year.

"This is the first book to cover every aspect of the Savage 99 family of centerfire rifles from the prototypes to the last rifle produced."

  Savage 99 Hardcover

In years past, I would see a gun with engine-turned or jeweled parts and be turned off by it. Then suddenly in 2019, I see this Colt Gold Cup with that treatment to the trigger, hammer and barrel hood, and I fell in love with it! So opinions and tastes can change, even your own.

Life is too short to carry an ugly gun. The internet has changed the dynamic of the old gun market and although printed books cannot keep pace with real-time activity, they serve as a good foundation and starting point.


Winchester Model 42 Hardcover Book
Winchester Model 42 Hardcover Book

This book ranks near the top as one of the all-time favorite collector firearms. Author Ned Schwing gives you the most accurate and complete book on the Model 42 ever written.

"Although this book has been out of print since 1990, you can find used editions in excellent condition."

  The Winchester Model 42

Many of the books in my gun library are available in Kindle version online, and with the free app from Amazon, I can use them on my desktop computer. There have been times, when I was about to make a gun purchase and wanted quick access to information, so I went that route and it was very helpful.

Library Gun Books
Gun Library Hardcover Books

"You really can find the best books at the best prices here. Fast delivery too!"

  Hardcover Gun Books

Collecting and Shooting Old Guns

Now is a very exciting time to be involved in gun collecting. Many modern and antique collectible handguns and long guns are coming on the market as the WWII generation are dying and a younger generation is inheriting pieces or whole collections. Often times the surviving spouse or other heirs don't have an interest in guns. The internet has opened up accessibility to individual pieces and collections unlike anything in history! Values are soaring on many out-of-production Colts. Winchester values have climbed since production ceased when they went out of business in 2006.

One of my favorite things to do in the Fall is to go to the Turkey Shoots. For those of you that may not know what I'm talking about, these Shooting Events are where a bunch of guys bring their shot guns to an event usually sponsored by a Community Center or Volunteer Fire Department. The sponsor provides the shells and paper targets and the shooters pay $3 to $5 to compete for a prize, usually a ham or turkey.

Two of My Favorites

The 16 gauge shotgun and .32 caliber handgun cartridge.

32 caliber handgun

Feedback is Welcome

Although you can't publish a comment directly to these pages, you can join in the conversation on my Facebook page.

As much as I would like to, I can't host an open forum discussion board here about old guns. Business and family life keep me too busy to monitor and moderate it on a daily basis.

"In years past, I maintained a separate email account for this website whereby readers could contact me directly, but alas that became a bit overwhelming with questions from people looking for advice. I don't give advice."

One more time! You can ask questions. Post comments. Share pictures of your favorite old gun. And share your gun knowledge! All on my Facebook page. I would love to see thousands of gun lovers join in to help keep our Second Amendment right alive.

If you have a question about your old Colt, there are a lot of knowledgeable folks over at the Colt Forum. There's a bunch of guys there that are friendly and willing to help.

Gun Collectors Club

The Guns

American Firearm History

Our American History is Rich with Tales of Success

Names like Colt, Smith & Wesson, Browning, Remington, Winchester and Savage just to name a few, are brands that are recognized and renown around the world. In these pages I will share my guns with you.

"Old guns like this 1949 Savage Model 99 .250-3000 will come to life in videos."

Actual real-world gun values (not estimates), history, production and serial number information, market analysis and just about anything to do with old guns from the 20th Century is what you will find here, along with photos and videos.

Author with his Savage Model 99

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