Firearms come and go, but some models become so iconic that they make legends out of the manufacturers. Do you know the companies that made these famous guns?
Browning made the M2 (or "Ma Deuce") back in the '30s. This .50-caliber machine gun has inspired fear throughout the world. It is powerful enough to disable large armored vehicles.
The M16 assault rifle, first made by Colt, gained the respect of many American troops for its reliability and accuracy. It's one of the iconic weapons of the Vietnam War.
The AK-47 machine gun is often simply called the Kalashnikov, after its creator, Mikhail Kalashnikov, who unveiled the design in the '40s. A company called Kalashnikov Concern was the first manufacturer, but many companies have since copied the famous weapon.
In the 1870s, Colt began making the Peacemaker (or Colt 45). It was a mass-produced revolver that ruled the Old West.
The 870 shotgun from Remington is still one of American's most famous guns. It is a pump-action shotgun that's virtually indestructible, one reason the company has sold more than 10 million of them.
The Uzi is an iconic machine pistol that was first made by Israel Military Industries. It's small, lightweight and it can spray rounds at high speed, making it very effective for personal defense.
The M1911 is a legendary semi-automatic pistol from Colt. From 1911 to 1986, it was the standard sidearm for personnel in the United States military.
Springfield Armory was the first manufacturer of the M1 Garand, a legendary .30-caliber rifle that saw major action in World War II and later conflicts. Its semi-automatic design gave American troops advantages in shooting speed versus enemies using bolt-action guns.
In 1883, Hirams Steven Maxim introduced the Maxim Gun, which was eventually produced by a company of the same name. The British used this ferocious machine gun to mow down countless opponents.
The Winchester Model 1887 shotgun has a lever-action and a legendary reputation. It was one of the first repeating-action shotguns to find success on the market.
In 1955, Ruger unveiled its Blackhawk six-shot revolver. It was first chambered to fire huge .357 Magnum cartridges.
The Walther P38 is a 9mm pistol that became a standard service sidearm for the Germans during World War II. It was meant as a substitute for the Luger, which simply cost too much to manufacture.
The double-action Smith & Wesson Model 27 .357 revolver is a beast. It carries six of the huge cartridges that can blast holes in both man and machine.
The Germans made the little Luger pistol famous during both World Wars, and it is often associated with Nazi aggression. It's been manufactured by several companies, including Mauser.
The Browning Hi-Power pistol is a semi-automatic pistol introduced by Browning in 1935. It was called "Hi-Power" because its 13-round clip was double that of most contemporary handguns.
Introduced in 1960, the Marlin Model 60 is an iconic rifle that made recreational shooting a reality for millions of Americans. It fires .22 rimfire cartridges.
Smith & Wesson makes the Model 29, a gutsy .44 Magnum model. It was made famous by Clint Eastwood in the "Dirty Harry" movies.
The Mossberg 500 was introduced in 1961, and for decades it's been one of the best-selling guns in the country. Cheap and rugged, its reliability makes it a favorite of hunters, cops and anyone else who might ever use a shotgun.
Walther makes a series of PP (police pistols), such as the PPK. These were some of the world's first commercially-successful double-action pistols. They were first made starting just before World War II.
Glock, of course, manufactured the Glock 17. The 17 is famous because it's made almost entirely of polymer (plastic) instead of metal.
Smith & Wesson made the Model 60, a basic six-shot revolver. Why is it so famous? It was the first revolver made in stainless steel.
Heckler & Koch manufactures the XM25 CDTE, better known as the Punisher. This baby shoots 25mm grenades that explode in the air. You do not want to be on the receiving end of this weapon.
The Remington 1100 is the best-selling autoloading shotgun in American history. This Remington's reliability permanently altered the autoloading shotgun market.
Yes, it's General Electric that makes the fearsome Minigun, a six-barrel rotary machine gun that has a maximum fire rate of around 6,000 (yes, 6,000) rounds per minute. Due to the rotating barrels, it requires its own motor.
Colt first introduced the .357 Python in the mid-1950s. One version had an enormous 6-inch barrel sure to terrify anyone unlucky enough to be on the business end.
Roy Weatherby introduced the iconic Mark V in 1957, and it immediately gained fame for being a very accurate and powerful bolt-action rifle. It's available in numerous models, so it can shoot many different types of centerfire cartridges.
First designed in 1973 (and manufactured by USA Firearms) the .475 Wildey is a ridiculously large handgun that shoots huge cartridges. But to be fair, it was made to hunt big game animals.
Tula Arsenal has made nearly two million of its TT 30 pistol, which was first designed in 1930. It was created to be a standard service pistol for the Soviet army.
The IMI Desert Eagle is famed for its huge rounds. This handgun can shoot multiple large cartridges, including .44, .357 and .50 caliber bullets.
Beretta manufactures the M9, a semi-automatic 9mm pistol. The company beat out tough competition to become a standard sidearm for the American military.