Obscure Object of Desire: Hateful Eight Colt Single Action Revolver — The Truth About Guns

According to Jeremy S. The Hateful Eight was a one-hour movie condensed into three hours. Describing the movie’s plot, imdb.com is equally succinct: “In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.” Rock Island Auction is auctioning off a Colt Single […]

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Royal Armouries take on Zombie Dawn

Ahead of our Science of Zombie Killing talk this Halloween, we brush up on the many different ways to defend ourselves in the event of an outbreak of the living dead with Royal Armouries’ Curator of Firearms Jonathan Ferguson. Is this the ideal zombie weapon? Well, not really… It wasn’t the intention of the late…

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The Confederate Iron Frame Henry Rifle

03/03/2017Not to be confused with their modern counterparts, Henry rifles have long been an indispensable part of firearms development and, therefore, America itself. Their Winchester lineage is well-known, but there’s more to these iconic lever actions than serving as some firearms patriarch. They have seen the best and worst of times, as both an ornate…

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The most beautiful LePage Shotgun

In this monthly blog series, our collections team will write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. This month, Mark Murray-Flutter, Senior Curator of Firearms, tells us about a fantastic presentation shotgun. The LePage-Moutier Shotgun 155 years ago, in the spring of 1862, the Great London Exposition, or International of 1862, was […]

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A Collector’s Obsession

It is often hard to explain to people what drives you to become a collector. “Why do you like that old stuff” I hear them say.

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: TRACES OF THE PAST FROM PAULA: “Quite often when I travel I take an unconventional approach. It is not about learning about buildings and places that I visit, or knowing all the dates and names; it is about stepping into the past, and if I am lucky enough to have only the company […]


Trump/Hitler – Frightening Similarities

I cannot begin to understand how the civilised world has managed to find itself in this position….. Have we learnt nothing from the past?

Warsaw getto
This photo of Jews being forcibly rounded up during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April/May 1943 is perhaps the best known and most iconic photo of the Holocaust.
Syrian children pray in front of a grave in a garden in the Hamidiyeh neighborhood of Aleppo city, Syria, on Dec. 21, 2016 CREDIT: AMMAR SAFARJAANI/XINHUA

With Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims, British passport holders blocked from entering the US,  families banned fleeing slaughter in war zones, Lawyers and human rights groups are taking legal action, arguing that the orders go against both the spirit of the US constitution and the letter of American law, not to mention fundamental human rights and basic compassion. (read more).

There are frightening similarities between Trump’s policies and those of early Nazi Germany.

Antisemitism and the persecution of Jews represented a central tenet of Nazi ideology. In their 25-point Party Program, published in 1920, Nazi party members publicly declared their intention to segregate Jews from “Aryan” society and to abrogate Jews’ political, legal, and civil rights. (read more)

If only they could talk -Guns of the Great Shooters from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

Reunions with old friends can be a time filled with nostalgia, laughs, and more than a few old yarns to tell. In our business, the phrase, “if this old gun could talk,” is a desire commonly expressed. Firearms with rich histories find their way through our doors on a regular basis, and I’ve had questions…

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