Posts Tagged ‘History’

White-haired man in blue jacket with white ear protection points the Ruger LCR at a green target set against a backdrop of leafless trees.

The Ruger LCR — The Most Advanced Revolver in the World

Revolver history is interesting. I am leading up to something because the revolver on my desk as I write this has me going back over everything I have learned about the revolver.

A Bit of Revolver History

The revolver is older than commonly believed. Double-barrel and combination barrels were common during the flintlock era, although they are not true repeaters. Revolvers with multiple chambers were not rare—they were expensive. The revolving-cylinder handgun dates back to at least 1540, so it was a case of the technology of the day not catching up with the thinking man’s dreams.

50 Shades of Gray: The Evolution of Camo and a Throwback to Solid Colors

One might say that a designer larger than us created the art of camouflage. Though fascinating, camouflage is nothing innovative. Animals have been doing it forever. Their innate ability to adapt to their surroundings protects them from untimely death and conceals them from prey in order to snag dinner. We humans have been attempting to emulate this blending and concealing since the beginning of history. The purpose of manmade camo is to break up the human outline, and create less contrast between them and the background.

Gun Control in the Third Reich

Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and ‘Enemies of the State’

Dr. Stephen P. Halbrook’s new book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”, presents the hidden history of how the Nazi regime made use of gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate power. Countless books on the Third Reich and the Holocaust fail even to mention the laws restricting firearms ownership, which rendered political opponents and Jews defenseless. A skeptic could surmise that a better-armed populace might have made no difference, but the National Socialist regime certainly did not think so — it ruthlessly suppressed firearm ownership by disfavored groups.

The Kennedys and Connallys motorcade seconds before the assination

Did the Carcano Change History and Kill President Kennedy?

Fifty years ago today, the United States suffered the loss the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. Since that time, the event has been the subject of thousands of movies, books, documents and articles. Major events often spawn conspiracy theories and Kennedy’s assassination is no exception; in fact, it could be reasonably argued that it is the king of all conspiracy theories.

Soldier saluting the flag

The Eleventh Hour, of the Eleventh Day, of the Eleventh Month…

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month–that was when the armistice ending the hostilities of World War I was signed. Although the Treaty of Versailles would not be signed for many more months, we still recognize 11/11 as the day to honor all those served before WWI, during WWI and although it was believed to be the war end all wars, those who would later serve.

Rare U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1875 Officer's Model Trapdoor Rifle, Late Type II

The History of the Springfield Trapdoor

In terms of American military long arms, very little attention is given to a predecessor of the much-heralded M1903 and M1 Garand, the Springfield Trapdoor. Produced for over 20 years, the Springfield Trapdoor experienced many changes throughout its life. The rifle would take its place in history just after the Civil War—despite the justifiable hesitation of many military personnel who were all too aware of the superiority of repeaters and magazine fed rifles.

Appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder, Jones has been the ATF's acting director since 2011.

Faster and Furiouser? Meet B. Todd Jones, the ATF’s Newest Director

In 2006, Congress ruled the Senate must approve any nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) before taking on the role. The ATF is responsible for enforcing all federal firearms laws. Including firearms trade, issuing FFLs and tracing firearms, it’s also responsible for reducing gun violence. Naturally, 2A advocates are leery of any Democratic appointee or nominee.

Top Shot All-Stars — Threading the Needle

Son-of-a-gun. Wouldn’t you know it, the week after I pick my top four, one of them gets eliminated! That surprise elimination was about the only interesting thing about this episode though. Sometimes it seems the producers take a creative break and just throw something together, like, “Hey, let’s have them shoot tin cans off a fence this week.” Makes it feel like a placeholder while they’re building the really cool challenge for next week. I hope that’s the case.

Top Shot All-Stars Episode 4

Top Shot All-Stars: Medieval Challenge

Now that we’re four episodes into the season, let me comment again on the new format. My wife says it’s not the same show, that it’s lost a lot of the excitement. I agree with her; it’s not the same show, but from my perspective that’s a good thing!