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Season: 2016

Episode 601 - Thompson Submachine gun

Sometimes, a machine becomes more than the sum of its parts. The Thompson submachine gun is, indeed, one of those machines.

Episode 602 - The Model 1911

With the adoption of the Model 1911 pistol by the US military, John Browning established the benchmark that all other handguns would be measured against.

Episode 603 - The Guns of John Dillinger

While the bloody arc of John Dillinger's life is well known, less time has been spent on the convergence of 2 technologies that made Dillinger possible, cars and guns.

Episode 604 - History of Armscor

ARMSCOR / ROCK ISLAND can trace its roots back to the early 1900s, beginning as Squires Bingham and Company, a clothing and sporting goods store in the Philippines.

Episode 605 - The M60 Machine gun

The German World War 2 MG-42 stands as one of the greatest machine guns in history. And the story of the American M-60, affectionately or not, known as "The Pig," begins there.

Episode 606 - The Israeli Galil

One thing can be said for certain — a country that is always at war either becomes expert at weapons’ design or it perishes. Israel is such a country, and their iconic Galil assault rifle is a classic example of a superior battlefield weapon that was simply overcome by technology.

Episode 607 - The Savage Model 99

Sometimes the future arrives slightly ahead of its time, and often, from an unexpected direction. With almost 100 years in production, the lever action Savage Model 99 is unequivocally one of the most successful rifles in the world. But not the way its inventor, Arthur William Savage, envisioned.

Episode 608 - The Webley Revolver

The British Webley revolver occupies the same unique space in the world of guns that the English Bulldog does in the world of canines - squat, ugly to the point of beauty and lots and lots of very sharp teeth.

Episode 609 - The Model 1919 Machine gun

Yet again, John Moses Browning created a main line weapon for the US military; the 1919 Browning machine gun.

Episode 610 - The Uzi Sub Machinegun

In the 1960s and continuing into the 1980s, the Uzi was the most popular submachine gun with military and law enforcement in history.

Episode 611 - The Remington Model 8

The Remington Model 8 was the first mass-produced semi-automatic rifle chambered in a round more powerful than the most popular hunting cartridge of the day, the 30-30.

Episode 612 - The AK47

The AK47 has become one of the most iconic firearms in history.

Episode 613 - The Winchester Model 73

The popularity and fame of the Winchester 73 is pretty self-evident. After all, how many firearms have had a major Hollywood movie with their name as the title?

Episode 614 - Oddities and Curioso

Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars shows us some of his most unique acquisitions as Gun Stories looks at the strangest guns designed throughout history.

Episode 615 - The MP5

Possibly the greatest submachine gun ever manufactured, the MP5 has become essential to military and law enforcement personnel.

Episode 616 - The Desert Eagle

The Desert Eagle; a handgun that can legitimately lay claim to being a movie star all by itself.

Episode 617 - The Russian PKM

Not only did Mikhail Kalashnikov create what may be the perfect battlefield rifle, his design of the PKM has been in use since 1969 and sets the standard for others to follow.

Episode 618 - Embellished Weapons

Artists work in a variety of mediums; canvas, stone, clay and yes, even firearms.

Episode 619 - History of Swiss Rifles

The Swiss have always led the way with precision rifles, owing to their citizen army. From the Schmidt-Rubin through the current 550 series of weapons, these rifles have demanded quality throughout history.

Season: 2015

Episode 1 - Colt's Cap and Ball Revolvers

Sam Colt — genius, huckster, snake oil salesman and one of the inventors of the modern world. His revolving pistols changed firearms and warfare forever, and his percussion revolvers remain with us, ageless beauty matched with relentless killing efficiency.

Episode 2 - The Bren Gun

Maybe it was the movie Dr. No or The Longest Day, but what first catches your eye about the Bren Gun, the iconic British light machine gun of World War II, is that it is upside down, with the curved magazine sticking out the top instead of the bottom. But whichever way you looked at it, the Bren is one of the most successful machine guns in the history of warfare. Ask any “Brenner,” as its operators were called.

Episode 3 - The Remington Model 8

Maybe the most famous gun advertisement in the world, “Do Or Die,” has a huge grizzly bearing down on a cowboy armed not with a lever action carbine, but a semiauto rifle; the Remington Model 8 was ushering in a new era in hunting rifle technology.

Episode 4 - The Gatling Gun

The history of warfare is full of weapons that were created by men who felt their invention would end war. Case in point, Richard Jordan Gatling and his "terrible marvel" that bore his name.

Episode 5 - The Guns of The Union

The Civil War fundamentally changed America, and the arms of the Civil War fundamentally changed warfare.

Episode 6 - The Guns of the Confederacy

When Confederate cannons opened fire on Fort Sumter, neither the North nor the South were prepared for war; and for the largely agricultural South, they started from behind when it came to firearms.

Episode 7 - The History of Suppressors

Imagine an inexpensive and well tested device than can make shooting any gun safer, reduce recoil by as much as a third and eliminate the single biggest problem in all of shooting - the flinch.

Episode 8 - The Bren Gun

The famous British Bren Gun is considered the best light machine gun of World War Two.

Episode 9 - Big Bore Revolvers

Big bore handguns are probably the greatest challenge in all the shooting sports, but today's generation of handgun hunters have not only tamed them, but brought them to heel.

Episode 10 - The Sharps Rifle

There is something quintessentially American about the Sharps rifle; a direct line back to the Civil War and the opening of the West.

Episode 11 - The History of Ignition Systems I

As shooters and hunters, the cartridge seems to be a study in simplicity. But getting to that simplicity is nothing short of one of the most fascinating stories in history.

Episode 12 - The History of Ignition Systems II

After the matchlock and wheellock, the flintlock and percussion cap were on the horizon, ending with what would become the modern cartridge.

Episode 13 - The History of Air Guns

Air guns have always been tools more than toys. Tools for hunting, target shooting and war. In fact, air guns may be the most unique gun story of all.

Season: 2014

Walther PPK

Sometimes fame comes calling from the oddest directions. For the Walther PPK, fame arrived in the form of a letter to new author Ian Fleming, praising his swashbuckling character, James Bond, but suggesting that Fleming’s choice of firearm for his hero, the Beretta .22, was “utterly useless as well as being a lady’s gun.” Enter James Bond’s new handgun, the Walther PPK.

Browning A5 Shotgun

The Browning Auto-5 has its own special place in history as the first semi-auto shotgun, another of the great John Browning’s designs for the ages. Browning called the A-5 his greatest achievement, and while other experts may disagree, the A-5 is certainly Browning’s most star-crossed...

The Lee Enfield Rifle

It may be the ugly duckling of military firearms, but the Lee-Enfield series of bolt action rifles served the British Empire from the closing years of the 19th Century almost to the 21st. And while troops might have referred to the rifle as “Smelly,” a spin on its S.M.L.E. designation, it was always said with affection...

Bullpup Rifles

The bull pup rifle, designed with the magazine and action behind the pistol grip, seems like an excellent solution to the constant military demands of “shorter” and “lighter.” But after decades of service in major militaries, the verdict is still out on the bull pups...why should that be?

Colt Python

Think of it as the Lamborghini of revolvers. The Colt Python in .357 Magnum, with its sleek lines, incredible finish, superb accuracy and flawless trigger pull, has been repeatedly described as the finest production revolver ever made. So why did the Python vanish?

The C96 Broomhandle Mauser

Think of it as a jigsaw puzzle that, when fully assembled, creates one of the most recognizable gun profiles of all time. The C-96 Mauser, as it's more commonly known, the Broomhandle Mauser, is not only a machine of warfare, but the finest expression of Victorian Era gun-making, maybe the ultimate “Steampunk” pistol.

Roosevelt's Africa Gun

Was there ever a more enthusiastic President than Theodore Roosevelt? Teddy Roosevelt lived life largely, a character perfectly suited to the Gilded Age of American History. Cowboy, soldier, politician and first and foremost, a hunter.

Ruger Standard .22 Pistol

If there was ever a gun perfectly suited to its time, it's the Ruger Standard .22 semi-auto pistol, Bill Ruger's enduring triumph of modern manufacturing, the relentless pursuit of a vision and, and this is important, a uncanny sense of what the American public wanted.

Sniper Rifles

The date was May 9, 1864, and Union General James Sedgwick had just admonished his troops in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House to stop flinching from Confederate fire almost 1000 yards away. “They couldn’t hit an elephant as this distance,” he shouted. Within seconds, the Confederate sniper’s bullet hit the General just below his left eye, and the Union troops learned the battlefield-controlling power of the sniper.

Guns of Little Big Horn: 7th Cavalry

Host Joe Mantegna and numerous experts take a look at the firearms used by the Seventh Cavalry during the Battle of Little Big Horn. Was Custer’s last stand due to the choice of arms during the battle, or were his tactics and bravado the root cause of his defeat during the most studied battle in American history.

Guns of Little Big Horn: Sitting Bull's Arsenal

For over a hundred years, experts and historians have claimed the Native Americans under Sitting Bull's command had a superiority of firepower over George Custer's Seventh Cavalry at the Little Big Horn. But recent excavations of the battle site, combined with historical interviews of the time, paint a different picture of the quality and number of arms they were able to bring to bear against the US Military.

English Double Rifles

In the mid-1800s, as the height of the British Empire, explorer Sir. Richard Francis Burton returned from Darkest Africa with amazing stories and a new word, safari, the Swahili word for “long journey.” Then the rush was on as young gentlemen explorers and hunters headed to Africa and India in search of game and adventure. And with them they brought perhaps the finest firearms ever made, the magnificent English double rifles.

Browning M2 HB

Few firearms have had such a profound effect on warfare as John Browning’s massive .50 caliber M2 heavy machine gun, the most successful machine gun ever made. Affectionately called the “Ma Deuce” by American soldiers through 5 wars and numerous smaller actions around the world, and still is the go-to gun for the U.S. military.

Season: 2013

Uzi Submachine Gun

Ruger Redhawk

Winchester Model 73


M1 Carbine


Mosin Nagant

MP 40 Submachine Gun

Benelli M4 Shotgun

Colt Pocket Pistols

Sig 226

AR 10

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