The “Eureka” (1876 to c. 1893) by Augustus Bedford and George A. Walker

In this article, I will attempt to tell the story of another facet of the late 19th century American air gun industry. We shall learn about the relationship between three important pioneers of early American air guns whilst investigating Bedford and Walker’s Eureka air pistol. We will also discover the first bolt-action breech seal that is still used in today’s modern airguns. Continue reading “The “Eureka” (1876 to c. 1893) by Augustus Bedford and George A. Walker”

Albert Augustus Pope and The Pope Brothers Rifle Air Pistol (1874-1878)

In March 2016, I was asked by Danny Garvin of the Vintage Airgun Gallery, if I would write an article for Issue 3 of the Airgun Collector, an online magazine full of wonderful vintage airguns and superbly written articles. I was honoured to be included amongst such highly acclaimed authors and collectors. Danny’s introduction for the article seems a good place to start this article… Continue reading “Albert Augustus Pope and The Pope Brothers Rifle Air Pistol (1874-1878)”

The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman (CO₂) Pistol (1954-1958)

In a previous article, I wrote about the Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman “pneumatic” air pistol. That article described how the pneumatic Plainsman was effectively a further development of the Apache air pistol. Both pistols were designed by Albert Dale Fogel who was a financial partner and Vice President of Design and Production at the National Cart and Challenger Arms Corporations. Continue reading “The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman (CO₂) Pistol (1954-1958)”

The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman Pistol (Pneumatic) (1949-1951)

The Challenger Arms Corporation was a subsidiary company of the National Cart Corporation.  If you have been following our articles it will come as no surprise to you that the National Cart Corporation also produced the Apache range of air pistols and air rifles. After designing the Apache air pistol Daniel Fogel, the Vice President of Design and Production at the National Cart Corporation, developed a .28 calibre air shotgun sometime mid-1948. But rather than add it to the Apache line Charles Burhans, the president of the National Cart Corporation, decided to market it via a separate company called the Challenger Arms Corporation. Continue reading “The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman Pistol (Pneumatic) (1949-1951)”

Apache Airguns – Part 1: The Apache “Fireball” Air Pistol (1947-1949) by the National Cart Corporation

The Apache “Fireball” air pistol was part of a small range of airguns produced towards the end of the 1940s by the National Cart Corporation in Pasadena, California. I’m sure you are wondering why a company with such a name would consider manufacturing airguns. I know I certainly am. Continue reading “Apache Airguns – Part 1: The Apache “Fireball” Air Pistol (1947-1949) by the National Cart Corporation”

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