Iver Johnson, Martin Bye and the “Champion” Air Pistol (1876 to c. 1893)

This article takes us on a journey through history as we follow the lives of two inspiring Norwegian entrepreneurs from the late 19th century. It’s full of new beginnings, adventure, war, the construction of an empire and its downfall, successes and failures, loss and sadness and an assassination or two…. it’s a real rollercoaster! Take your time though, it’s another epically long one…. Continue reading “Iver Johnson, Martin Bye and the “Champion” Air Pistol (1876 to c. 1893)”

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)”

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