Do You Know Everything About These Legendary Pistols?

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About This Quiz

Small arms consist of contraptions like rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Of these three common formats, pistols are among the most portable, concealable, and adaptable. As such, these sidearms are critical for law enforcement, military and recreational purposes. In this quick-draw quiz, can you tell us what you know about legendary pistols of history? Note: You will NOT find any fictional firearms in here, so don't go looking for the gigantic hogleg that The Rock totes around in "Doom" or Starlord's cute little blaster from "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Samuel Colt was a bit like the Henry Ford of the revolver industry. He didn’t invent the revolver… but he did come up with a way to make a lot of revolvers in a short amount of time. And during a precarious moment in American history, his company was set to make heaping piles of money. Do you know which Colt models first made it to the big time, and how they altered the revolver marketplace?

From semi-automatic beauties like the M1911 and the Luger, soldiers and civilians appreciate a reliable sidearm. Can you name iconic Smith & Wesson models? How about certain Walthers or Remingtons? Cock the hammer on this double-action iconic pistol quiz now!

The Paterson was a famous pistol from which manufacturer?

In the 1830s, Colt unveiled its Paterson revolver. It was a gun that proved the revolver concept was here to stay.

Glock is well-known for incorporating which material into its pistols?

Thanks to its light weight and extreme ruggedness, Glock is a big believer in polymer … plastics. It uses plastic as a linchpin the frames of many of its pistols.

Which company created a revolver called the Model 1?

The Model 1 was, appropriately, the very first gun made by Smith & Wesson. It was a revolver made from 1857 to 1882.

What sort of cartridge does the M1911 fire?

Originally made by Colt, the M1911 set the standard for .45 ACP pistols. Virtually indestructible, it first saw service in 1911 and is still in the holster of some American officers today.

Which company makes the popular MK III pistol?

Ruger made the MK III, which went into production in 2004. It's a .22 pistol meant for use with a Weaver-style scope.

What sort of action did the Colt Army Model 1860 use?

The Colt Army Model 1860 is a single-action revolver meant as a military sidearm. It used an old-school cap and ball design and featured a heavy-duty .44-caliber round.

What's the effective firing range of the Glock 17?

Like most pistols, the Glock 17 has a relatively short range. In steady hands, it will accurately strike targets to a range of 50 meters.

The Walther P38 became a popular service pistol during which war?

At the outbreak of WWII, the German Army carried many of the Walter P38. It's a 9mm semi-automatic that was meant to replace the Luger, which was entirely too costly to make for millions of soldiers.

When did the Luger pistol first see production?

The Luger is easily one of the world's most famous pistols. First made in 1898, it was one of the first semi-automatics to see widespread military use.

The Luger was particularly famous thanks to which army?

In both World Wars, German troops carried the (in)famous Luger pistol. Allied troops who captured Luger pistols kept them as a badge of honor … and as souvenirs.

The Smith & Wesson Model 686 is chambered for which round?

The Model 686 was originally designed for the .357 Magnum cartridge. Introduced in 1981, it can also fire .38 Special cartridges, too.

How did the Colt Paterson get its name?

The Colt Paterson was made in Paterson, New Jersey, thus the name. Fewer than 3,000 of these iconic revolvers were made, making them valuable collector's items.

What was one advanced feature of the Smith & Wesson Model 3?

The Model 3 was revolutionary for 1870. Rather than forcing the shooter to remove spent cases one by one, it popped all of them out simultaneously, making for much faster reloading.

The Browning Hi-Power is famous for its use in which situation?

Placed in service in the 1930s, the Browning Hi-Power was the first truly successful semi-automatic military pistol. Of note -- its 13-round capacity, which was more than a little important when Germans were trying to stab you on a WWII battlefield.

When was the Browning Hi-Power finally discontinued?

First produced in 1935, the Browning Hi-Power had an incredible run. It wasn't discontinued until 2017, and it will be used by soldiers for years to come.

The Colt Defender is NOT offered in which of the following calibers?

As you can probably guess from the name, the Defender isn't meant for plinking. It's not offered as a .22, but instead, 9mm and .45 ACP.

What sort of rounds did the Smith & Wesson Model 1 fire?

The Model 1 was the very first commercially successful rimfire revolver. It used .22 cartridges … filled with black powder.

The Colt Army Model 1860 was prominent during which conflict?

The Colt Army Model 1860 was already being made in large numbers before the Civil War. It was common on battlefields throughout the conflict.

How did the Smith & Wesson Model 1 fare on the market?

The Model 1 was an incredible success. The company's fortunes rose with the Model 1's popularity, giving Smith & Wesson a path to a legendary future.

How many rounds could the Smith & Wesson Model 1 fire before it had to be reloaded?

The Model 1 was a bit unique in the number of rounds it carried. It was a seven-shot revolver.

Robert Adams patented which style of firearm?

Adams was a British gun designer who patented the first double-action (self-cocking) revolver. You didn't use the thumb lever to cock it -- it was cocked simply with a trigger pull.

What was one major advantage of Robert Adams's double-action revolvers, which he first patented in 1851?

Adams' double-action revolvers were high-speed wonders, semi-automatic speedsters in an age of single-shot slowpokes. His design made shooting much, much faster.

As the legend goes, George Custer killed a Native American named Yellow Hair and then took which sidearm from his body?

Custer was involved in numerous famous violent confrontations. Once he'd killed Yellow Hair in battle, he took the Indian's prized Remington Army Revolver.

When the government first tested the M1911, its engineers fired thousands of rounds per day. How did they keep the pistol from overheating?

It's a true testament to the M1911's ability to function in any conditions. Government testers fired hundreds or thousands of rounds … and then chucked the gun into a bucket of water to cool it down.

For what reason did Ruger recall its popular MK IV pistol in 2017?

The MK IV had trigger and safety issues. In the wrong situations, it can actually discharge just because the shooter moves the safety.

The Dan Wesson Specialist is designed for which purpose?

The Dan Wesson Specialist is focused on the needs of police officers. It is chambered in either 9mm or .45.

The Smith & Wesson Model 1 was very popular during which spate of violence?

The Model 1 was all the rage just before the Civil War. On both sides, troops scrambled to procure their personal Model 1 … just in case they needed it for close-quarters combat.

What caliber was the Remington Army Revolver?

The Remington Army Revolver, or Remington Model 1858, is a .44 caliber beast. The Navy version was only a .36.

Which gun maker is known for its popular M&P Series?

Smith & Wesson has only been making its M&P Series pistols for a few years. But these "military & police" models are proving to be exceedingly popular.

How many rounds does a standard Dan Wesson Specialist hold?

The Dan Wesson Specialist is made for public servants. Standard versions can fire eight rounds without reloading.

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