Almost missed this one. 136 years ago the gunfight heard across the West and clear through to the present day took place at about 3PM local time. I’m not going to try and break down who was right or who was wrong nor am I going to try and diagram the gunfight. That’s what the videos are for.
And I’d be happy to have Doc on street howitzer any day.
A semi-automatic revolver is something I’ve been fascinated by ever since I got a copy of Ian V Hogg’s Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World’s Firearms somewhere around 7th or 8th grade.
I lugged that book around in my book bag for almost the entire school year and tried to read through it anytime I had a free moment. This was in the mid-80s so no SWAT teams were called out because a kid had a gun book at school. Considering the books and magazines I carried and read at school (no porn!) I can only imagine how many suspensions I would have racked up today but I digress…
As usual, Ian at Forgotten Weapons gets to play with the coolest things
I just got my project Model 11 up and running so it was nice to run across this video from Ian at Forgotten Weapons
In doing some research for the “From the Editor” for the September issue, I spent some time looking at William Batterman Ruger’s first contribution to American Rifleman, and no it wasn’t his “.22 Ruger Pistol” that made its debut in a September 1949 advertisement, nor was it Technical Editor Julian S. Hatcher’s extremely favorable review of “two production-line samples of the .22 Ruger” that ran in November 1949.
No, the first Ruger in the magazine was an article written by the young inventor in December 1943, at a time when he was working on a machine gun design for the U.S. Ordnance Dept. Titled “Semi-Automatic .250-3000,” Ruger detailed the conversion of a Savage Model 99 from a lever-action to a gas-operated semi-automatic, noting “This conversion can be accomplished with only superficial changes in a few of the parts.” Even in this first gun, aesthetics mattered to the young inventor: “The rotary type magazine has adequate capacity and does not require projections on the exterior of the gun.” Of course, some of those features would be seen in Ruger’s later designs, especially a flush-fitting rotary magazine.
Read the rest here: The First Ruger
Note the scoped Enfield. IWM image colorized by Doug Ralston
A sniper from “C” Company, 5th Battalion, The Black Watch, 51st (Highland) Division, in position in the loft space of a ruined building in Gennep, Holland, 14th February 1945
A jeep manned by Sergeant A Schofield and Trooper O Jeavons of 1 SAS near Geilenkirchen in Germany Nov 1944. The jeep is armed with three Vickers ‘K’ guns (2 double and 1 single mount), and fitted with armoured glass shields in place of a windscreen. The SAS were involved at this time in clearing snipers in the 43rd Wessex Division area. No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit Hewitt (Sgt)IWM Colourised by Paul Reynolds
But this might be a bit much. At least they comped my request for a belt-fed…
As long as I hit the lottery between now and then…