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 canine supervisor watches dollies and handlers bringing bombs to an RAF Boston at an air base in Britain, Feb 1942. Good puppy dog…
And Deutsche Bundespost almost lost it…
The full story: War is Boring
That the Soviet-made R-3S air-to-air missile — better known in the West by its NATO-designation AA-2 Atoll — is a copy of the AIM-9B Sidewinder, originally developed and manufactured in the USA, is relatively well-known.
How it came to be … isn’t so well-known. It involved the mail.
Air transportation services were making mistakes back then at least as often as they make them nowadays, and thus Ramminger’s parcel first traveled from Frankfurt via Paris to Copenhagen, then back to Düsseldorf, before finally reaching Moscow – 10 days late.
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
At 0700 it’s 80*F with humidity to match. Today should top out around 97*F but we haven’t cracked 100*F yet this year. Just another north Texas summer.
These guys didn’t have as much humidity to deal with but a dry heat is still hot. Add in a little breeze and it’s like standing in front of a blow dryer or convection oven.
Crusader Mk II 14 July 1942, possibly around El Alamein
A Humber Mk II armoured car in the Western Desert, 14 July 1942.
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