These five firearms are now obsolete or decommissioned, but still leave a lasting mark on history.
Firearms have largely defined our nation’s history since our inception. Whether for personal defense or combat, dozens of firearms had been used throughout history.
Below are five firearms that have ceased operation but continue to leave a lasting impression:
1. Colt Dragoon Revolver
The Colt Dragoon Revolver is quite an iconic revolver boasting a .44 caliber. It was first introduced in the Mexican-American war, but was also widely used in the Civil War. The firearm was quite popular among civilians, even as a weapon of choice used by bandits and military officials.
Today, it’s a prized items that’s highly sought after by collectors. Firearms are currently listed from $7,750 to $45,000 a piece.
2. Browning Hi-Power
Known for being a prolific firearm, the Browning Hi-Power handgun is a renowned single-action 9 mm handgun available. However, it has several problems, which explains why it’s not recommended for use much anymore.
NRA Shooting Illustrated lists four reasons why the Hi-Power has issues: magazine disconnect, short tang/long hammer spur, ambidextrous safety, and terrible sights.
3. Winchester Model 1200
Winchester is a household name in the United States, especially their pump action shotguns. One model, the Winchester Model 1200was first introduced in 1964 to rival a more expensive model. Soon after production began, a small quantity of this model was acquired by the U.S. Army.
Unlike civilian models, the military model boasted a ventilated hand guard, sling swivels, and a bayonet lug. The Model 1200 became obsolete in 2006 following the closure of U.S. Repeating Arms Company (USRAC)’s plant. USRAC bought Winchester in 1981.
M16A4 is a subsidiary of the M16 rifle, a rifle exclusively used by the military. I had the opportunity to hold one, unloaded and decommissioned, in 2009 at the Miramar Air Show in San Diego, California. The first American model of this rifle was designed in 1956, but first produced in 1963.
Considered a top military rifle, the M16 was incorporated into the U.S. Army as the weapon of choice against jungle warfare. It later became mainstream for military use in 1969. It was recently announced that the M16A4 model may soon be retired from the Armed Forces.
5. Remington Model 1858
The Remington Model 1858 is a repercussion revolver that became popular to use during the Civil War. The original make has been modified to adapt with the times. Cabela’s describes the original model below:
The Remington Model 1858 was one of the most powerful and rugged single-action revolvers of its day. Easily removable, replaceable cylinders made reloading extremely fast.
Did these firearms and their correspondent histories pique your interest? It’s quite fascinating to see the evolution of American firearms and how they’ve adapted over the years.