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Which guns did the infamous Bonnie and Clyde have in their arsenal?  Who shot first in the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr? The answer to all these questions and many more in the history section of our website. You’ll find a variety of fun historical reads that breathes life into past gun and ammo adventures.


Have you ever wondered what the most powerful handguns in the world are? Or possibly, what are the most powerful rifles available for purchase? Well, you are in the right place! We love putting together stories and lists of historical weapons that amaze, inform and inspire.


Do you want to impress friends and co-workers with your historical knowledge of guns and ammo? Each week Widener’s provides a new history article for you to sink your teeth into. Get your history fix on the Widener’s blog! Be sure to check out our history articles and share the information with your friends and family if you find it helpful.

M1 carbine

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine was designed and deployed during World War 2. Believe it or not, there are more M1 Carbines out there than the notorious M1 Garand (6.1 million vs. 5.4 million). But what made this popular firearm so compelling?  The U.S. Military built the M1 Carbine because they wanted a light, portable, and reliable […]

sig sauer history

SIG Sauer History

SIG Sauer may be a well-known name in the firearms industry today, but it didn’t start as one. Instead, Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser, and Conrad Neher founded the company in Switzerland in 1853 to produce wagons and railway cars. It’s a long road from wagons to handguns, but that’s part of the fun […]

titanium guns

Titanium Guns: Why Aren’t They Common?

Titanium is a strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant transition metal with a silver color. It’s often used in the aerospace industry due to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Because of its excellent strength-to-weight ratio, this metal has become part of numerous everyday items such as bicycles, golf clubs, and even mobile phones. So why don’t we […]

Battle of Athens

What Was the Battle of Athens?

You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of the Battle of Athens. Yet, it was an extraordinary event in the annals of American history, unfolding in the summer of 1946 in the small town of Athens, Tennessee. Shaped by disturbing political corruption and electoral fraud, this dramatic clash of local citizens against the oppressive local […]

Die Hard Guns

Die Hard Guns

Anyone who has watched the original Die Hard film from 1988 has to get a chuckle from seeing it on a list of classic Christmas movies. After all, it has little in common with A Christmas Carol with its theme of redemption, It’s a Wonderful Life (appreciating what we have), or Christmas Vacation, a hilarious […]