Why the Winchester Lever Action Didn’t Go to War

For the past 100 years, the Winchester name has been synonymous with slick, smooth lever actions and hard-hitting large-caliber cartridges. But if the Winchester was the all-American rifle that won the west, then why wasn’t it used by American boys fighting at San Juan Hill, or in the trenches pushing back the Germans in World […]

How the Musket made America

In the old world, nations were formed through trade, nomadic expansion, or through the fall of powerful empires. It is arguable, however, that the United States of America was formed in large part thanks to the power of the gun, and for 400 years, that gun was a musket. Ever since the New World was […]

Gun culture symbols and where they came from

Gun Culture symbols and where they came from At any given gun show, between the long tables offering shotguns, rifles, pistols, and military memorabilia, there will always be at least one vendor selling patches, pins, and stickers. The observant among you will notice a theme: there will almost always be an item referencing a boating […]

The Legacy of the Colt Peacemaker

One of the two “guns that won the west,” the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army, better known by its nickname “the Peacemaker” will forever be associated with cowboy hats, bucking broncos, and gun duels at high noon. Chambered in .45 Long Colt, this six-round single-action revolver has retained its popularity as a reliable, hard-hitting […]

Joel’s Rifles in The Last of Us

Joel’s Rifles and the Things He Hunts with Them For those who are out of the loop, the hit TV show “The Last of Us,” based on the video game of the same name, tells the story of two survivors braving a world infested by a highly contagious virus from the cordyceps fungi that turned […]

Lady Death: the Most Deadly Female Sniper of All Time

March is international women’s month, and what better way for GunLove to celebrate it than to recall the greatest women shooters of our time? When Americans think of “badass women shooters” their minds conjure images of Annie Oakley, the legendary trick shooter of the old west or Lena Miculek, the extremely talented IPSC shooter who […]

Battle of the Next-Gen Rifles: XM7 vs QBZ 191

The military variant of the SIG Sauer MCX Spear, the winner of the United States Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon competition, has been designated as the XM7. Previously named the XM5, the name was changed to avoid a trademark conflict with Colt’s M5 Carbine. This 6.8x51mm service rifle is slated to replace the Army’s aging […]