"A Copse. Evening"

"A Copse. Evening"
A. Y. Jackson, 1918
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Wheelguns


My new baby to the left. A Beretta Stampede 357 with a 4 3/4" (gunfighter length barrel. I've always felt that I never had enough money to be a proper gun nut - and a succession of ex-wives thought that that was a retrograde step, evolutionwise and let me know repeatedly. I've since altered my thinking somewhat as well as the wife situation - number four is sane, relatively. Anyway, my reasoning is as follows: If I've purposed in my heart to be a gun nut, then I must make enough money to finance it. I'll have no choice. Sound thinking I believe.
In the process I've expanded my porno viewing to include looking at pictures of guns and to that end, I'm going to present some interesting ones that, I feel, lead to the conclusion that the Colt, 1873 Single Action Army, the gun my darling was patterned after, is the most elegant revolver ever made.



This is a 22 shot Belgian revolver, made in 1836. Not a 22 caliber - a twenty two shot pistol. The chambers are in two concentric circles and the two spurs on the hammer fire one circle, then the other.











Next are two examples of Savage "figure-eight revolvers" so called because of the thus-shaped trigger guard. This actually isn't a dumb idea. You cock it by pulling back on the lower loop, then firing with your index finger. Apparently this is a different Savage altogether than the more recent (post 1890's) one but I got that info from Wikkipedia so it's somewhat suspect.







Now, the ultimate prizewinners for weird-looking handguns, two French ones. I'm sure everyone who's into this knows the name of them. It starts with an "L". I just didn't bother to retain it. I'm no French basher such as is common these days but I have to say that these look to be some of the clumsiest things ever produced by the hand of man. But they are pretty in a Western/Science Fiction sort of way.


Last ones isn't a revolver but it's precious anyway. It's a pistol cobbled together from the breech block of a Hall rifle. The Hall was an early breech-loader. Rotating the trigger guard caused the breech to raise so that powder and ball could be loaded withought having to do the entire process from the muzzle. I just love this thing. It seems to be a good idea and probably worked fine. It's just so ugly. Maybe that's what makes it loveable, I don't know.

More to follow. In the meantime, visit my website. Buy a knife or twelve. These guns aren't going to buy themselves

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