Visiting Coltsville in Hartford and Imagining Colt’s Former Greatness
Firearms / My Experience

Visiting Coltsville in Hartford and Imagining Colt’s Former Greatness

The final stop on my very brief tour of Gun Valley — after the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and the Smith & Wesson Gallery of Firearms History — was an area of Hartford, Connecticut called “Coltsville,” named after Samuel Colt and the company and community he established there. For a description of the place … Continue reading

“The Social Life of Guns” Conference at Amherst College
Firearms / My Experience / Personal Defense

“The Social Life of Guns” Conference at Amherst College

As my gun blogger friend John Richardson noted, I spent a couple of days this past weekend in Western Massachusetts, attending a conference associated with the Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College. Seven of us had been invited to write and present papers on “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns,” and we were joined by … Continue reading