The Minuteman Review is dedicated to supporting the 2nd Amendment and promoting firearms safety and education. We strive to provide every gun owner—and prospective gun owner—the information they need to get the firearms and gear that are most relevant to their needs, and use those tools safely and efficiently.
Why We Do It
We believe that firearm ownership and self-defense are essential human rights. We also believe that these rights must be exercised responsibly.
Being informed is a cornerstone of responsible gun ownership and use. We started the Minuteman Review because there was no comprehensive online resource where gun owners, hunters, and survivalists could get impartial education about guns, bows, and gear.
We also realize that everyone has hurdles to overcome in getting the equipment they need to best defend themselves and their loved ones.
People were basically shooting in the dark when it came to researching guns, bows, and equipment. And most resources for finding the best prices were undependable.
So, we started the Minuteman Review to give firearms owners of all types a reliable stock of information to inform their buying and training decisions, and help people overcome economic barriers to self-defense and the shooting sports.
What We Do
We’ve built a team of the most qualified writers and researchers to give you articles, guides, and reviews based on the most up-to-date information, and find the best prices on all the products we cover.
This gives Minuteman Review readers a home base for researching new purchases and learning the best ways to use them. We’ve created that dependable and comprehensive resource for defensive firearms owners, hunters, archers, survivalists, and anyone else to get the best education—and the best prices—on everything in the shooting sports.
Articles: Up-to-date information about recent news and events related to the 2nd Amendment, firearms ownership and use, and anything else in the world of shooting sports. We also supply a comprehensive list of news resources, so you can be the most informed person in the room.
Guides: How-to posts that help you get the right equipment, and use it safely and responsibly. We cover everything from choosing the right piece of kit to how to behave with your gun in public.
Reviews: Thorough, unbiased examinations of guns, bows, knives, optics, and accessories to help you decide what’s best for you. We give you all the details you need to choose your gear, and a place to get it affordably.
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Walther Arms has been a leader in the firearms industry for almost 130 years. Walther has been renowned throughout the world for its innovation since Carl Walther and his son, Fritz, created the first semiautomatic pistol in 1908. Today, the innovative spirit of its founders lives on as Walther celebrates 125 years as one of the world’s leading premium manufacturers of sporting, defense, and law enforcement firearms. For more information, visit Carl Walther and in the United States Walther Arms, Inc.
OVER THE LAST 73 YEARS, WE HAVE LEARNED EXACTLY WHAT PERFORMANCE AND CRAFTSMANSHIP LOOK LIKE TOGETHER.
The world around us is slowly transforming and becoming more and more automated. Machines are taking the place of what human hands have been doing for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. At Weatherby, we take pride in just how much our craftsmen touch and refine each product by hand. While we use some of the most accurate and precise equipment available, the craftsmanship and finish work is left to our dedicated and reliable gunsmiths and talented staff. In some ways, the production of our Mark V® rifles has changed; we use manufacturing equipment such as CNC machines, laser engravers, and acoustic ballistics programs to consistently produce quality products. However, every single step is overseen by a professional looking for even the most minute flaw or imperfection that millions of lines of computer code would overlook or deem acceptable.
Over the last 73 years, we have learned exactly what performance and craftsmanship look like together. It’s not a new concept; the fit and finish is just as important as the performance and function, but it does seem to be one that has been forgotten to make way for lower prices and higher margins. We think a firearm should feel even better after decades of use, not be a disposable tool that is easily replaced in just a season or two.
Then there’s the one thing that no machine can measure: the human experience. How can you write a program or ask a machine to judge how you feel when you own a Weatherby®? The answer is, you can’t. Our employees understand what it feels like to carry a Weatherby® in the field because they build what they use. Once you use a Weatherby® for the first time, you understand just what makes it special. This importance of experiencing our products is why so much extra effort is put into making sure that every single firearm that leaves our doors will give you that same feeling. It’s how it balances in your hands, how it fits when you raise it to your shoulder, and how the trigger breaks so cleanly. There is no exact measurement or algorithm to making a Weatherby, it’s just something that you have to feel.
Our company’s founders didn't mess around, and their spirit of American, get-it done ingenuity has always been Savage Arms’ driving force. All of our category-changing innovations have come from just such a place of principle. We're constantly looking ahead, finding new ways to leverage technology to push performance ever higher.
But we’re not just a bunch of lab geeks, either. We’re shooters. Hunters. Competitors. We know what makes or breaks a firearm’s performance out there in the real world. And throughout the years, we’ve spent time listening to the best competitive shooters, sharing campfires with hunters and guides, and comparing notes with gun writers. That collaboration, that hands-on experience, has fueled the development of features and processes unlike any ever seen in gun manufacturing.
The results could not be clearer: Modern firearms stripped of pretense and gimmickry, leaving only muscular, no-nonsense engines of performance. Just like the people who use them. They’re purposebuilt firearms that come out of the box bristling with special features you won’t find from other manufacturers.
That’s why holding a Savage in your hands is knowing what winning feels like. Whether you use them for recreational or competitive shooting, self-defense or hunting, every inch of our products is designed to give you an edge. What began with Arthur Savage back in 1894, continues stronger than ever today.
• 1891 - Arthur William Savage receives patent for a repeating rifle with single magazine lever action.
• 1893 – Savage receives patent for hammerless design, striker fires mechanism, stock through bolt for rigid integration of receiver and stock.
• 1894 – Savage Repeating Arms Co. is formed in Utica, New York.
• 1895 – Savage begins selling ammunition, which it continues until September, 1897.
• 1897 – New corporation of Savage Arms is formed with eight key stockholders.
• 1899 – The Model 1899 lever action is launched.
• 1915 – Driggs Seabury-Ordinance buys Savage Arms. .Savage manufactures heavy war materials for World War I.
• 1920 – Model 1899 name shortened to the well known Model 99. Savage purchases Stevens Arms Co. of Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.
• 1923 – Horn builds distributiionthrough unique channels like barber shops, gas stations, and grocery stores.
• 1930 – Savage buys A.H. Fox Gun Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Davis-Warner Arms and Cresent Arms Co. of Norwich, Connecticut.
• 1938 – Savage accepts contract wit Auto Ordinance to manufacture the 45 caliber Thompson Sub Machine Gun.
• 1940 – Savage receives contracts from the U.S. Government to produce 30- and 50-caliber Browning machine guns.
• 1941 – Savage receives contract for British Lee Enfield rifles, produced at Stevens; produced 1.2 million rifles in record time.
• 1945 – Model 24 over-under is introduced in .410/22 LR configurations.
• 1946 - Post World War II, Savage closes Utica. New York plant and moves all operations to Stevens manufacturing facility.
• 1957 – Model 110 is introduced into the Savage bolt-action lineup.
• 1960 – Savage moves all production to the current location of Westfield, Massachusetts.
• 1965 – Model 110 gets refresh from Robert Greenleaf.
• 1994 – Lakefield production acquired for rimfire production.
• 1995 – Savage returns to private ownership, led by Ronald Coburn.
• 1998 – Last Model 99 is produced in Westfield, Massachusetts.
• 2002 – Savage introduces the AccuTrigger.
• 2009 – AccuTrigger chassis system introduced.
• 2010 – AXIS bolt-action rifle introduced.
• 2012 – Savage introduces the Rascal youth model 22LR.
• 2015 – The A17 is introduced, becoming the first semi-auto to safely cycle the 17 HMR using the delayed blowback system.
• 2017 – Savage unveils its firat line of MSR’s, Modern Savage Rifles.
• 2018 – Savage introduces AccuFit, a customizable stock to fit all shooters.
HISTORY OF SMITH & WESSON Horace Smith and Daniel Baird Wesson formed a partnership in 1852 to manufacture a firearm that could fire a fully self-contained cartridge. From the beginning, Smith & Wesson® firearms were noted for their innovative design, high quality production and reliability. The accomplishments of Smith & Wesson are numerous and its contributions to the history of firearms are vast. Smith & Wesson was an industry leader in 1852 when it was first founded and continues to lead the world today with innovations into the 21st century.
Over 165 Years of Excellence.
A Partnership is Forged
Horace Smith & D. B. Wesson form a partnership to manufacture a firearm that can fire a fully self-contained cartridge.
The Volcanic Pistol
The first American firearm capable of firing a fully self-contained cartridge was manufactured by Smith & Wesson in 1852. This repeating pistol fired as quickly as the shooter could operate the lever and it was dubbed “The Volcanic,” since the rapid-fire sequence appeared to have the force of an erupting volcano.
Model 1 Revolver
Originally called the Seven Shooter, the Model 1 was introduced in 1857. This .22 rim fire revolver was the first practical cartridge revolver and its introduction heralded the end of percussion firearms.
Model 3 American Revolver
Introduced in the summer of 1870, the Model 3 American was the first large caliber, centerfire, cartridge revolver manufactured in the United States.
.38 Double Action Revolver
By 1880, the demand for self-cocking revolvers was so great that Smith & Wesson introduced a complete series in three different caliber sizes.
.38 Safety Hammerless Revolver
In the early 1880s, D.B. Wesson and his son, Joseph, began developing a revolver that didn’t have an external hammer. The Safety Hammerless, which debuted in 1887, was the world’s first double action concealed hammer revolver
.38 Military & Police Revolver
In 1899, Smith & Wesson introduced what would become its most successful revolver, the .38 Military & Police. Everything about this firearm was innovative, from its solid frame and its hand ejector system to the cartridges it fired. The .38 Military & Police, now known as the Model 10 revolver, has been in continuous production since 1899, and over six million units have been produced.
35 Automatic Pistol
After years of development and testing, Smith & Wesson produced its first automatic pistol on May 3, 1913. The .35 Automatic featured two safety devices and was available in blue or nickel for $16.50. The odd caliber and production stoppages due to the more important war time production of World War I, kept sales of the .35 Automatic relatively low. A total of 8,350 units were manufactured until 1922.
357 Magnum® Revolver
Initially conceived of as a custom-built, heavy load, deluxe handgun in 1934, the .357 Magnum revolver quickly caught the interest of law enforcement agencies. Handgun cartridges of the day could not penetrate bulletproof glass and armor-plated vehicles, but the .357 Magnum cartridge could. Many of these revolvers were purchased by numerous law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Victory Model M&P® Revolver
During World War II, the British Commonwealth approached Smith & Wesson for revolvers. The guns, which were basically an updated version of the .38 Military & Police revolver, were eventually given a V prefix on their serial number and called Victory Models. By the war’s end, Smith & Wesson had made over 800,000 revolvers for Allied troops.1950Model 36, Chiefs Special® RevolverThis small revolver, designed primarily for plainclothes and off-duty police officers, made its public debut at a police conference in 1950. At the conference, the Smith & Wesson sales force asked the police chiefs to vote on a name for the new revolver. The most commonly suggested name was .38 Chiefs Special.
Model 39 Pistol
In 1955, the first American-made double action auto-loading pistol, the Model 39, was introduced. In 1968, the Illinois State Police adopted it and the Model 39 became the first 9mm Double Action auto-loading pistol ever used by any state law enforcement agency in the United States.Model 29, .44 Magnum® RevolverAt the urging of handgunner Elmer Keith, Smith & Wesson developed the .44 Magnum. Completed in 1955, the .44 Magnum revolver was originally available in two barrel lengths, 4 inches and 6 ½ inches. The model sold well and in a few years a third barrel length of 8 3/8 inches was added. Demand for the firearm decreased in the 1960s but skyrocketed in the 1970s after the release of the film, Dirty Harry, starring Clint Eastwood. In 2005, Field & Stream rated the Model 29 revolver as the 5th best gun ever made, the only handgun to make their top ten.
Model 41 Pistol
Prior to World War II, most competitive shooters shot revolvers. After the war the trend to use autoloaders became more popular. Smith & Wesson began the development of a high-grade .22 caliber rim fire target pistol in the late 1940s. The pistols were heavily tested, adjusted and modified for almost ten years. Finally, in 1957, the Model 41 pistol was made available to the public.
Model 52 Pistol
In 1960, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Training Unit asked Smith & Wesson to build a pistol similar to the Model 39 pistol that could fire the newly developed .38 AMU cartridge. The Model 52 pistol was the most accurate target pistol of its day and featured an innovative ball-bushing barrel.
Model 60, Stainless Steel Chiefs Special® Revolver
The Model 60 revolver was the first stainless steel handgun manufactured by Smith & Wesson. Originally available in a highly polished finish, the finish was changed to a satin polish after law enforcement agencies objected to the bright finish.
Model 439 Pistol
Smith & Wesson debuts the first of the Second Generation pistols, updated and stainless steel versions of the semi-automatic pistol line. The Model 439 pistol is an updated version of the Model 39 pistol featuring an alloy frame. It is a Second Generation semi-automatic pistol, denoted by the three digit model number. First generation models have a two-digit model number, Second generation models have three digits, and Third generation models have four-digits.
Third Generation Semi-Automatics
With 42 models in 121 variations, Smith & Wesson’s Third Generation Semi-Automatics were the broadest handgun line in the world.1990Model 4006 PistolThe Model 4006 is a 3rd Generation pistol first introduced in January 1990 alongside the new .40 S&W cartridge. The .40 S&W cartridge was developed jointly with Winchester in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who had requested a 10mm cartridge loaded to less-than-full-power. The result was the shorter .40 S&W that allowed for a more comfortable grip when used in a double-stack magazine. Early detractors doubted the viability of the cartridge, but today it is one of the most successful law enforcement cartridges.2003Model S&W500™An entirely new frame size was developed to fire the new .500 S&W Magnum cartridge. The Model S&W500 revolver is the biggest, heaviest, most-powerful factory production, double action revolver in the world.
Smith & Wesson debuts the M&P Pistol Series, a new line of polymer-frame pistols. Championed by law enforcement officials, the new line is adopted by over 100 departments in its first year.2006M&P®15 RifleThe M&P15 rifle, a modern sporting rifle, was introduced. It is first in the highly successful M&P® Rifle Series.2011M&P®15 -22 RifleIntroduced in 2009, the M&P15-22 rifle offers the fit and feel of the popular M&P15 rifle, while chambered in the more economical .22LR ammunition. In 2010, ground-breaking rifle received the “Rifle of the Year” award from the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence.2012M&P Shield® PistolsThis slim, concealable, lightweight, striker fired pistol is released. Within three years, one million of these pistols were manufactured.2015SW22 Victory® PistolThe SW22 Victory, a modular design, metal-framed pistol with fiber optic front and rear sights. This highly customizable and incredibly accurate blow back .22 pistol will keep you on target round after round, and provide years of unmatched performance.
M&P® M2.0™ Pistol
Building on the proven reliability and success of the M&P pistol series, M&P M2.0 pistol is the culmination of a decade of research and design. Designed for professional, personal and sporting use, the M&P M2.0 pistol features upgrades to nearly every aspect including trigger, grip, frame, and finish.
Through hard use in competition, and in the woods and prairies of America, Bushmaster has PROVEN itself above all other MSRs. Driven by the spirit of innovation that began more than 38 years ago, using improved engineering, manufacturing techniques and advanced materials at its new facility in Huntsville, Bushmaster continues to enhance the ever-versatile MSR platform, and many others. The “AR” in “AR-15” stands for ArmaLite rifle, the company that developed the design in the 1950s.
From our workhorse of reliability, the XM-15, to the rapid adaptability of the ACR, to the ultimate long-range tool, the BM50, no other MSR manufacturer offers more cutting-edge firearms innovation for America’s competitors, hunters and recreational shooters than Bushmaster.
It will always be our mission to push the limits of performance, so you can push yours. Bushmaster. PROVEN.