From Remington to Ruger, Marlin to Mossberg, the world of firearms manufacturing is full of legend and lore. How much do you know about the world's most famous gun makers?
Smith & Wesson was founded in 1852 in Connecticut. Since then, it has become one of the best-known brands on the planet.
Smith & Wesson's pistols and revolvers are the company's core business. These sidearms are standard issue for many forces around the world.
Samuel Colt was a 19th-century inventor and businessman who helped to revolutionize weapons manufacturing. His name is now one of the most famous in the gun business.
Colt was a visionary who understood the power of assembly line manufacturing. His factories efficiently cranked out thousands of revolvers bearing his name.
Remington Arms is the oldest gun manufacturer in the U.S. The company was founded in 1816 in New York.
Smith & Wesson introduced the Model 19 revolver in the late '50s. It was the first revolver to use .357 Magnum cartridges, which police forces requested.
Gatling invented a multi-barreled, hand-cranked weapon that historians call one of the first machine guns. Once the hand crank was replaced by an electric motor, the weapon could fire up to 3,000 rounds per minute.
The Gatling gun was deployed for the first time during the American Civil War. But it was especially useful just after the war, as U.S. troops used it against Indian tribes in the West.
Remington makes a lot of rifles and shotguns. It dabbles in smaller weapons, but rifles and shotguns are its core business.
Glock makes a large range of handguns, some of which feature largely plastic components. The plastics make the guns lighter but don't adversely affect functionality.
Colt sold a lot of his revolvers, and not just because they were reliable. He was a savvy marketer who knew how to sell his products through celebrity endorsements and other gimmicks.
The Weatherby Mark V has an air of prestige that other rifle makers yearn to emulate. The Mark V is the top product from the Weatherby, built to withstand the power and pressure of very powerful loads.
Weatherby makes some of the world's best rifles. It is also recognized for its high-quality, high-powered magnum cartridges, which are suitable for long-range big game hunting.
The Browing Hi-Power is a famous pistol that was designed in the early 20th century. This semi-automatic gun was called "Hi-Power" due to its increased cartridge capacity.
In the 1840s, America's conflict with Mexico over lands in the Southwest began to boil over. The Texas Rangers ordered at least 1,000 guns from Colt's factory, an act that helped boost the blossoming business.
The Smith & Wesson Model 3 revolver was an important fixture in the Old West. Many famous men, such as Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Pat Garrett and other Western stalwarts reportedly used this model during their adventures.
In the 1920s, Mossberg unveiled the Brownie, a four-shot .22 pistol. The gun's success helped Mossberg spread its .22 line to rifles, and then other types of weapons.
Mossberg has made a name for itself, particularly with is dependable shotguns. The company was founded by a Swedish gun maker who immigrated to the United States in the late 1880s.
Garand designed the M1 Garand, a semi-automatic rifle widely used in World War II. The rifle became enormously successful and its fast action gave the Allies an advantage over the bolt-action dinosaurs used by the Axis.
Walther handguns paved the way with regard to notable features, such as the double-action trigger. The company also innovated firing pin block safeties and decocker levers.
Beretta is a company with Italian roots. It's old, too -- Beretta has been around for nearly five centuries.
In the '80s, American military officials adopted the Beretta 92 -- or M9 -- as the standard service sidearm. It officially began its service in the U.S. armed forces in 1990.
The Remington 1100 is the best-selling auto-loading shotgun in American history. It was introduced back in 1963.
Kalashnikov is responsible for one of the deadliest weapons in history -- the AK-47 machine gun. Introduced in the '40s, it is one of the most common assault rifles in the world.
Mikhail Kalashnikov created his famous gun for the Soviet Union. The gun was approved by the authorities and became renowned for its durability in even the harshest conditions.
Stoner is famous for designing the AR-15. As a weapons engineer, he built other notable weapons, too, but none as successful as the AR-15.
Stoner's AR-15 was accepted as a standard American rifle called the M16. The M16, of course, made a name for itself during the Vietnam War.
In 2007, Remington bought Marlin, a famous rifle maker. Now, Remington makes Marlin-branded guns at two American production facilities.
Browning had a brain made for firearm innovations. He was credited with nearly 130 patents related to firearms and helped make the first auto-loading pistols.
Marlin makes the Model 60, which debuted in 1960. The company boasts that this .22 rifle is the most popular rifle of its type anywhere in the world, with more than 11 million sold.