FALL 2015

Several stories in this issue hang on holsters, even our “Guns of the Gunfighters” column, which delves into the evolution of shoulder holsters in the Old West. In this issue we deal with a lot of great gunleather, both in “Guns of the Gunfighters” and in Bob “Jayhawker” Arganbright’s roundup of rare Hollywood holsters used to master the quick draw. You’ll also see some classic original styles by Rick Bachman of Old West Reproductions in the “Smith & Wesson’s Frontier Legacy” article. Author Todd G. Lofgren’s “10 Instant Classics” looks at the latest in factory-engraved handguns and long arms from Cimarron, Ruger, Dixie Gun Works, Taylor’s & Company, and a special Winchester 1866 commemorating the 75th anniversary or the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). We also offer a first look at the new limited-edition, hand-engraved Umarex Colt Peacemaker, a review of Cimarron’s latest laser-engraved Frontier revolver, and Robert A. Sadowski’s roundup of some of the best short-barreled sixguns currently available. There’s always something historic in every issue of Guns of the Old West, and this time it’s a true American icon, Buffalo Bill’s treasured .50-70 Springfield Trapdoor rifle, “Lucretia Borgia.” Author Jim Dickson takes you back to the origin of William F. Cody’s famous nickname. And speaking of origins, our resident cowboy authority Phil Spangenberger spins another Old West tale with the history of bandanas. Denis Prisbrey also reviews two octagonal-barreled .357 Magnums—the latest Henry Big Boy and the very unique Five Star Arms Sackett. I put the new Auto-Ordnance 1911BKO and Colt’s new .32 ACP Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless semi-autos through their paces, and author Frank Jardim takes another crack at Chiappa’s incredibly authentic Winchester Model 1877 lever-action shotgun. So, put the coffee pot on the campfire—we’ve got plenty of reading for you! Look Inside »