The development of the deadly Avtomat Kalashnikova, 1947, known as the AK-47, is discussed by its inventor, Mikhail Kalashnikov, who talks about working within the secretive world of the Soviet military at the height of the Cold War.
Showcasing the small arms of the British military. Included: the Brown Bess musket in the Napoleonic Wars, the American Revolution and the conquest of India. Also: the Lee Enfield rifle used in WWI and WWII.
A study of Smith & Wesson, the leading producer of handguns. Included: the technological innovations in the manufacture of firearms throughout the 20th century. Also: the 1852 partnership of Horace Smith and Daniel Baird Wesson. Gerald McRaney is the host.
Featured: the weapons of some of the most famous people in history, including Teddy Roosevelt's buffalo gun; Wild Bill Hickok's Colt navy revolvers; Bat Masterson's Colt revolver; General Patton's ivory-gripped revolver; Ulysses S. Grant's 32-caliber gold inlaid revolver; and a fowler owned by Napoleon. Gerald McRaney is the host.