I just finished reading this month’s American Rifleman, and I must say that my favorite article was the regular column, “I Have This Old Gun…” by Garry James. This article was about the Allen “Dragoon” Pepperbox, and I have been fascinated with pepperboxes ever since the first time I played Monopoly.
I had heard that all barrels fired at once, which I thought was quite awesome and terrifying all at the same time, but this article mentions that this was not always the case, and was often a misfire called a “chainfire.”
I did also enjoy the article titled, “Survivor: The Unlikely resilience of the AR-7” by Jeremiah Knupp. I had often wondered if these things really floated (the Marlin Papoose as well), but never had the money nor the courage to find out for myself. Thanks, Mr. Knupp, for answering my question! I also had no idea that it was originally set for .22 Hornet, which is a caliber I am having a lot of fun shooting from my Thompson Center Contender.
Those were my two favorite articles, but as usual, I enjoyed the bulk of the magazine.
Thank you for reading my post.
- James, Garry. “I Have This Old Gun… Allen Dragoon Pepperbox,” American Rifleman, January, 2017. pp 116.
- Knupp, Jeremiah. “Survivor: The Unlikely Resilience of the AR-7,” American Rifleman, January, 2017. pp 81-87, 112-113.