Since the gun was invented way back in the 14th century, there have been hundreds of models produced. Some are large caliber pieces like sniper rifles and explosive launchers while others are small like hand guns and revolver pieces. Despite all this variety, it goes without saying that some guns are way better than others in terms of timeless performance. Below is a list of seven such firearms that have truly stood the test of time with their unique abilities and specifications being enjoyed generation after generation. Without any further ado, I give you:
1. Colt M1911
This one of a kind hand gun has been in production and use since 1911. When it comes to standing the test of time, it is safe to say that the Colt M1991 takes the gold medal. This gun has literally lived through almost all the major world wars including the First and Second World War, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and the most recent Syrian Civil War. It is still in use worldwide with fans from all demographics ranging from policemen and soldiers to private firearm owners and collectors.
One of the reasons why this gun is so popular even to date is the slim and compact design it has without compromising on power. This semi-automatic firearm is machine fed with a single action recoil mechanism makes it a powerful shooter with minimum recoil. This makes it great for shooting practice whether indoors or outdoors. If you are thinking of investing in one of these beauties, this is how to build an indoor range.
2. Browning M2 Machine gun
The Browning M2 Machine gun is a 50-caliber heavy firearm that has been in the market since 1933. Like most of the pieces on this list, this timeless beauty was designed for war and has been around for everything from World War II and the Vietnam War to The Cambodian Civil War and The Invasion of Grenada. Pretty much any war or major conflict you can think of after 1933 featured this Powerful firearm. The Browning M2 Machine Gun is still in use today in different navies and armies around the world.
One of the things that make this piece so popular after so long is the long-range accuracy. The impressive rate of firing which can go up to 1300 rounds per minute is also something that has kept this firearm in the good graces of the men and women in uniform.
3. Springfield 1903
This firearm model has been around for more than a century with its debut in 1903 launching it into a war ridden world. It was a favorite on the battle fields up until 1974 when it was replaced by newer and faster models. Despite this change, Springfield 190 firearms are still in use today being popular in Marine shooting exercises and among civilians as hunting and protection aids.
Truth be told, this isn’t the fastest firing piece in the bunch. However, its firing power and reliability are unmatched and it is these two attributes that have kept it around for such a long time.
4. M1 Carbine
These 30-caliber semi-automatic firearm made its debut at the end of the Second World War in 1942. The M1 Carbine firearm was designed in response to complaints by soldiers that other standard issue firearms were large and heavy and thus very difficult to haul around during wars.
The firearm is nice and compact despite the long rifle design. This makes it easy to carry around and even easier to use with a lot more stability and reduced kickback.
5. Ruger Single 6 Convertible
The revolver design is the most time defying in all of gun craftsmanship. It should therefore come as no surprise that the Ruger Single 6 convertible revolver lands a spot on our list of timeless pieces. Production began in 1953 and to date it is one of the most popular revolvers in the market. Unlike many of the guns on this list, the Ruger Single 6 Convertible Revolver was not designed specifically for war. It was meant for use by law enforcement officers as well as licensed civilians.
Its compact lightweight design makes it easy to carry and use. The revolver is also impressively accurate with stainless steel barrels that are super easy to load. It is one of the few hand-held firearms today that uses stainless steel instead of modern polycarbonate blends.
6. Browning P-35 Hi-Power
John Browning was one of the most prolific gun designers in the 20th century and is responsible for a lot of designs and models still in use today. Of all his works, experts believe that the Browning P-35 Hi-Power hand gun was his best design ever. It made its debut in 1935 as a standard issue hand held firearm for soldiers during wars including World War II, the Korean War, Rhodesian Bush War and the Farklands War. It is still a very popular handheld option for law enforcement and military officers alike. It is also a popular choice among people looking for personal protection pieces.
John Browning without a doubt knew his way around a gun and this was evident in this 13-round semi-automatic’s design. It has an effective firing range of 54.7 yards and a muzzle velocity of 35 m/s. These specifications make it a great choice for close-proximity shots and are the two reasons for its sustained popularity.
7. CZ 75 Hand gun
This is a little younger than the other models on our list but it has all the makings of a trend setting piece that will outlive very many designs in the market. It was developed in 1975 by the Koucky brothers and introduced the world of weapons design to the concept of cocked and locked SA safety measures.
In addition to this contribution, its sturdy and compact stainless steel design makes it a reliable piece that is perfect for use in both a civilian and military or law enforcement capacity.
There is no denying the fact that the seven firearms described above are worth all the hype that they receive. Despite the advancements in terms of weapons technology, people still find their features and abilities worth hanging on to. It is therefore safe to say that a good number of them will probably continue to stand the test of time even as we advance into an age of smart weaponry. Old is gold right?
This guest article is written by Mike Jones. After graduating from Boston University, Mike decided he wants to be a professional writer. He is now pursuing his dream by sharing his knowledge and opinions on important matters such public safety, guns and gun laws.