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Charles Gage


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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

Experience in the area

I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.


I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

Awards and Honors

New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

What do you like about this subject?

The opportunity to share my research with anyone wanting to learn.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Through constant research and hands on experience, I will feel more confident in my knowledge of firearms.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The firearms that they see, in museums or in person or actually own, will come to life and revolve around an important date in history.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I want them to see the firearms as those they 'ALL' pray for in the US Olympics to bring home the GOLD! To educate them in the non-violent sport of target shooting. To know that proficiency with a firearm will help them be safe around them.

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2016-10-13 model 157 cal 22 wmrf:

Hello John Young.     Your Harrington & Richardson Model 157, in .22 WMRF(Winchester Magnum Rim Fire), was manufactured for only one year 1976-77. It will NOT shoot .22 LR. ammunition. It was, also, offered

2016-09-21 would like to know about my papaws Rich Con Pioneer Arms Co. B9590 Please:

Hello, Tammy.    I am glad you found the information I posted earlier. The only thing I can add is the fact that there were no cartridge shotguns available during the 1860's, the years of the Civil War

2016-09-02 Scope:

Hello Robert.     I was able to locate two scope repair companies. Their web sites are : and The first one is in the USA. The second one is in Australia

2016-08-18 Rifle sling:

Hello Robert.      Good question. At the opening of WWI, much fighting was done from the trenches. Original SMLE's were equipped with leather slings (P-14). However, leather was prone to rotting in wet

2016-08-17 Iver Johnston question:

Hello Larry.     The Super Shot Sealed Eight was manufactured between 1932 and 1958. The low serial number would place yours as a First Model manufactured in 1932. You can verify this by removing the grip


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