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This Ruger Signature-Series Firearm is a commemoration of the end of the Standard model Ruger 22. The 5000; made in December 1981 before the introduction of the MK2, it's replacement. After 1982, there were no more Standard Ruger’s. The production period for the Ruger.22 LR caliber Standards was from 1949-1982. It has the autograph of William Ruger on the top, and the stamp of 1 of 5000 on the barrel. In the package, there is a reprint of the original brochure on the Ruger automatic pistol. The firearm is in a red cardboard box with Ruger’s emblem stamped on top of it, which was packed inside of a wooden box with Ruger’s emblem stamped on top of that.

Ruger Mark II NRA Endowment Special Edition William B. Ruger's signature roll marked on the receiver, blue steel bolt adorned with the famous Ruger logo, checkered ivory colored grips, red Ruger medallions on grips and magazines, special serial numbers: NRA-XXXXX, shipped in red Ruger commemorative case with special /NRA crest logo lens label. Comes with a certificate of Authenticity from William B. Ruger, Jr and Wayne Lapierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA.

Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport; in .223 caliber. This one has been modified with a different forearm and sight arrangement
The Colt AR-15 was introduced in 1963. It is the semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle. The first mass production version was the Colt AR-15 Sporter, in .223 Remington, with a 20-inch barrel and issued with 5-round magazines. Over the decades, many other manufacturers have made many variations of the AR-15 rifle and carbine models. U.S. Patent 2,951,424 describes the cycling mechanism used in the original AR-15. The bolt carrier acts as a movable cylinder and the bolt itself acts as a stationary piston. This mechanism is often called "direct gas impingement" (DGI), although it differs from prior gas systems. Designer Eugene Stoner did not consider the AR-15 to be a conventional direct impingement mechanism, but that is how it came to be characterized. Gas is tapped from the barrel as the bullet moves past a gas port located above the rifle's front sight base. The gas expands into the port and down a gas tube, located above the barrel that runs from the front sight base into the AR-15's upper receiver. Here, the gas tube protrudes into a "gas key" (bolt carrier key), which accepts the gas and funnels it into the bolt carrier. At this point, the bolt is locked into the barrel extension by locking lugs, so the expanding gas forces the bolt carrier backward a short distance.

As the bolt carrier moves toward the butt of the gun, the bolt cam pin, riding in a slot on the bolt carrier, forces the bolt to rotate and thus unlocks it from the barrel extension. Once the bolt is fully unlocked it begins its rearward movement along with the bolt carrier. The bolt's rearward motion extracts the empty cartridge case from the chamber. As soon as the neck of the case clears the barrel extension, the bolt's spring-loaded ejector forces it out the ejection port in the side of the upper receiver. Behind the bolt carrier is a plastic or metal buffer, which rests in line with a return spring. The buffer spring begins to push the bolt carrier and bolt back toward the chamber once it is compressed sufficiently. A groove machined into the upper receiver guides the bolt cam pin and prevents it and the bolt from rotating into a closed position. The bolt's locking lugs push a fresh round from the magazine as the bolt moves forward. The round is guided by feed ramps into the chamber. As the bolt's locking lugs move past the barrel extension, the cam pin twists into a pocket milled into the upper receiver. This twisting action follows the groove cut into the carrier and forces the bolt to twist and "lock" into the barrel extension.

Colt Woodsman in .22 caliber

World War 1 vintage Luger in 9 mm

The Pistole Parabellum 1908-or Parabellum-Pistole (Pistol Parabellum), commonly also known as just Luger is a toggle-locked recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol. The design was patented by Georg Luger in 1898 and produced by German arms manufacturer Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) starting in 1900 with other manufacturers such as W+F Bern, Krieghoff, Simson, Mauser, and Vickers; it was an evolution of the 1893 Hugo Borchardt-designed C-93. The first Parabellum pistol was adopted by the Swiss army in May 1900. In German Army service, it was succeeded and partly replaced by the Walther P38 in caliber 9×19mm Parabellum. The Luger is well known from its use by Germans during World War I and World War II, along with the interwar Weimar Republic and the postwar East German Volkspolizei. Although the P.08 was introduced in 7.65mm Parabellum, it is notable for being the pistol for which the 9×19mm Parabellum (also known as the 9×19mm Luger) cartridge was developed.

Springfield Armory 1911 in .45 ACP
The M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, recoil-operated pistol chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It served as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces from 1911 to 1985. It was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.. The U.S. procured around 2.7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols in military contracts during its service life. Designed by John Browning, the M1911 is the best-known of his designs to use the short recoil principle in its basic design. The pistol was widely copied, and this operating system rose to become the preeminent type of the 20th century and of nearly all modern centerfire pistols. It is popular with civilian shooters in competitive events such as USPSA, IDPA, International Practical Shooting Confederation, and Bullseye shooting.

This military issue 1911A1 .45 caliber pistol was issued to a young private who carried it all through his tour of duty during World War II. At the end of the war, he came home and brought his weapon with him. On his death the weapon passed to his son. The gun hasn't been fired since the young soldier's qualifying with it sometime in 1942. In March, it was disassembled, cleaned and test fired for the first time in 75 years.

Glock 19 in 9mm
The company's founder, engineer Gaston Glock, had no experience with firearms design or manufacture at the time their first pistol, the Glock 17, was being prototyped. Glock did, however, have extensive experience in advanced synthetic polymers, knowledge of which was instrumental in the company's design of the first commercially successful line of pistols with a polymer frame.[9] Glock introduced ferritic nitrocarburizing into the firearms industry as an anticorrosion surface treatment for metal gun parts.[10]

Type Semi-automatic pistol
Machine pistol (Glock 19)
Place of origin Austria
Service history
In service 1982-present
Production history
Designer Gaston Glock
Designed 1979-1982
Manufacturer Glock Ges.m.b.H.
Produced 1982-present
No. built 5,000,000 as of 2007
Cartridge 9×19 mm Parabellum
Barrels 1
Action Short recoil, locked breech, tilting barrel straight blowback for Glock 25 and 28)
Effective firing range 50 m (55 yd)
Feed system Box magazine,
Sights Fixed

Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory Semi-Auto Rimfire Pistol

Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory Semi-Auto Rimfire Pistol

Remington, 541S .22 caliber rifle

These are both two world war 2 german reproduction guns, the famouse STG 44 Sturgeweur the fore runner of the modern assualt rifle and the MP 40 maschinenpistole. The STG 44 is in 22LR while the MP40 is chambered in 9 mm just like the ww2 original.

The MP 40 (Maschinenpistole 40) was a submachine gun chambered for the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge. It was developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Axis powers during the Second World War. Designed in 1938 by Heinrich Vollmer with inspiration from its predecessor the MP 38, it was heavily used by infantrymen (particularly platoon and squad leaders), and by paratroopers, on the Eastern and Western Fronts. Its advanced and modern features made it a favorite among soldiers and popular in countries from various parts of the world after the war. It was often erroneously called "Schmeisser" by the Allies, despite Hugo Schmeisser's non-involvement in the weapon's design and production. From 1940 to 1945, an estimated 1.1 million were produced by Erma Werke.

The StG 44 (abbreviation of Sturmgewehr 44, "assault rifle 44") is a German selective-fire rifle developed during World War II. It is also known under the designations MP 43 and MP 44 (Maschinenpistole 43, Maschinenpistole 44 respectively). The StG 44 was the first successful and widely produced design to use a new shorter cartridge, which permitted controllable automatic fire from a weapon more compact than a battle rifle, coupled with the recognition that most aimed rifle fire in combat situations did not exceed a few hundred metres

The M1 carbine (formally the United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1) is a lightweight, easy to use, .30 caliber (7.62 mm) semi-automatic carbine that was a standard firearm for the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War and well into the Vietnam War. The M1 carbine was produced in several variants and was widely used by not only the U.S. military, but by military, paramilitary and police forces around the world. It has also been a popular civilian firearm. The M2 carbine is the selective-fire version of the M1 carbine capable of firing in both semi-automatic and full-automatic. The M3 carbine was an M2 carbine with an active infrared scope system. Despite its name and similar appearance, the M1 carbine is not a shorter version of the M1 Garand rifle. It is a completely different firearm and it fires a different type of ammunition. It was simply called a carbine because it is smaller and lighter than the Garand. On July 1, 1925, the U.S. Army began using the current naming system where the "M" is the designation for Model and the "number" represents the sequential development of equipment and weapons. Therefore, the "M1 rifle" was the first rifle developed under this system. The "M1 carbine" was the first carbine developed under this system. The "M2 carbine" was the second carbine developed under the system, etc.

Above the standard stocked carbine and below the folding stock para-trooper version.Service history
In service 1942–1973 (United States)
Wars World War II
Hukbalahap Rebellion
Chinese Civil War(limited)
Malayan Emergency
Suez Crisis
Korean War
Cuban Revolution
First Indochina War
Vietnam War
Laotian Civil War
Cambodian Civil War T
he Troubles
Angolan Civil War
Lebanese Civil War
Mexican Drug War

Inland Industries was one of the makers of the U.S. 30 Caliber M1 Carbine durning WW2, today they still produce them. This rifle is a newly manufaactured reciver and barrel set into a WW2 surplus stock
Production history
Designer Frederick L. Humeston
David Marshall Williams
Designed 1938–1941
Manufacturer Military contractors
Commercial copies
Unit cost $45 (WW2)
Produced November 1941–August 1945 (U.S. Military)
1945–present (Commercial)
No. built 6,121,309 (WWII)
Variants M1A1, M1A3, M2, M2A2, M3

5.2 lb (2.4 kg) empty

5.8 lb (2.6 kg) loaded w/ sling
Length 35.6 in (900 mm)
Barrel length 18 in (460 mm)

Cartridge .30 Carbine (7.62 mm)
Action Gas-operated (short-stroke piston), rotating bolt
Rate of fire Semi-automatic (M1/A1)
750 rounds/min (M2)
Muzzle velocity 1,990 ft/s (607 m/s)
Effective firing range 300 yd (270 m)
Feed system 15- or 30-round detachable box magazine
Sights Rear sight: aperture; L-type flip or adjustable, front sight: wing-protected post

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