Guns of the Old West - Fall 2023

It’s autumn on the frontier! And that means we’ve put together a special issue of Guns of the Old West/American Frontiersman magazine to start getting ready to jump into all things fall.

We’re kicking things off by highlighting the significance of 2023 in Old West history. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Colt Single Action Army revolver, the Winchester Model 1873 lever-action rifle and the Model 1873 Trapdoor Springfield rifle. Bill Bell takes an in-depth look at all three and discusses their importance in the winning of the West. Also in this issue, Dennis Adler looks back at Pietta’s sixty years of tradition, Bob Arganbright follows Clint Eastwood through his gun leather journey, and we show you how to spot a fake while shopping for an antique firearm.

Another staple company celebrating an anniversary is Hodgdon—the great powder company, fresh off celebrating 75 years, writer Frank Melloni received an exclusive invitation from Chris Hodgon himself to their coveted Flint Oak event. He shares his firsthand experience from the exclusive pheasant hunt and discusses the historic company’s significance within black powder rifles. The AF section this issue also includes, Josh Honeycutt’s 8-point lesson plan to have you and your firearm fully prepped for your next trophy buck, furbearer expert Ralph Scherder’s “Trapping Tricks” that will streamline your gear and strategies, and Andrew Knez tribute to the legendary Michael Severs, the American Frontiersman who turned the tide at the Battle of New Orleans.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your copy today!

ICONIC TRIO TURNS 150 – Colt Single Action Army * Winchester Model 1873 * Springfield Trapdoor

BROTHERS PIETTA – Sixty years of tradition all started with an order for 10,000 Colt 1851 Navy revolvers

BRASS .45-70 SIDE GATE – Old-world aesthetics with cutting-edge precision manufacturing in one rifle

FRANKENSTEIN .45 – Cimmaron delivers its rendition of Tuco’s six-gun from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

PIETTA’S NEW SAA – What if the 9x19mm took hold in the USA much, much earlier?

CLINT EASTWOOD’S GUN LEATHER – Following the Western movie star through his gun leather journey

SUPER WRANGLER – Ruger’s newest single-action rimfire offers .22 LR and .22 WMR

WESTERN WORDS – Year for celebration

ANTIQUE FIREARM – How to spot a fake

COWBOY STUFF – Gripping & spurring

GUNS OF THE GUNFIGHTER – Pinkerton National Detective Agency

RIMFIRE FUN – Heritage .22 six-shooters

WEIRD WEST – Swallowed by the sand

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