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1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.
A view through the wheel. The black, horizontal line is the axle, the single largest forging to that time.
"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

Monday, May 02, 2011

The "New Coke" of Firearms

NOW This Just In!! (ya like the selective capitalization? Know where I got that sly, stylistic twist?)

My fave guy to make fun of 'cause he's so derned stupid, one George Hamilton Hill IV penned this just today... and I am not making this up.

"Well, at least he was decisive…
16 hours to do decide on if he should have the SEALS go get Bin Laden.
Really, 16 Hours? What was there to think about?  Target Number One, and he had to think about it for 16 hours?  Yeah, I’m glad he made the right choices, but 16 hours tells me he had a lot of conflicting opinions on the operations.      And yet he is milking the credit for it as much as possible.   The jackhole."


"Jackhole"? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
I think that even an affirmative-action, Ivy League elite like my president would be able to cut down a Christmas tree without resorting to violence.
Dumbass. Note: easier to interpret that "jackhole".


THIS JUST IN!

"Let’s be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found UBL and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!!"

Guess whoo.... Lotsa caps, rabid nationalism, two, yes two,count 'em exclamtion points.
And Georgie flew the plane.



And they said that the Webley-Fosberry was the answer to a question nobody asked.
The question being answered here went as follows:
How about a pistol that is:
A. Ugly as homemade sin
B. Requires either special ammo or an adapter (with a few dozen rounds, imagine the delight - not to mention - expense of reloading quickly)
C. Did I mention "butt-ugly"?
D. Is kind of a revolver. But feeds from a magazine (the only advantage.
E. And is less-than-esthetically pleasing. Or have I mentioned that?
I know, everything looks like shit in its patent drawings but this stayed with the ugly right up into production.
I crap you negative.
They'd have had to tie a pork chop around it's neck to get the dog to play with it.
Yes, Virginia. This idiotic thing was on the market - briefly.
This is the brain-wave of one David Dardick who came up with a seriously well-thought-out-scheme for something that was completely irrelevant.
But there were options available!
Lookie! Something to make your cumbersome pistol - into a cumbersome carbine.
I don't mean "cumbersome" in an ergonomic sense. Both may have been a joy to handle.
The problematic bit (and we're talking about a large bit) is the "tround". Triangular Round... get it?
Again, I want to make it clear that I think this thing is really cool - just completely out of place in a world full of perfectly adequate arms firing round cartridges.
A lot of firearms... like - all of them.
And, it's ugly.
But, product placement notwithstanding, this was a clever idea. The cylinder (it is a revolver) has three chambers open to the side. Three because then the strongest cross-section of the cylinder would transfer the impact of firing to the frame through the web between the other two cylinders and on and on and on.
The chambers are fed from a double magazine below filled with triangular cartridges which take up less space than round ones and - unlike Dardick's initial design - can be oriented any-old-way in the chamber.
The right side of the magazine would feed until empty, then rounds would be picked up from the left. It really is brilliant.
You could have picked one up in the late fifties.
1958
Note the interchangeable barrel and selective firing pin. This was for the .38/.22 version where each (conventional) round had to inserted into a sleeve before loading to take away its roundness and replace it with troundness.
Also the double stack mag has been streamlined and still takes advantage of the triangular rounds stacking ability.
Still, a lot of smart, brain power expended accomplishing nothing.
But Dardick did make some money with his brilliance.
It was explored in the '70's as a "salvo" round with each tround carrying three flechette rounds but was rejected.
It found success in, of all places, the well-drilling industry.
The Dardick Terra Drill combined a conventional drilling head with, I don't know how many, trounds which, loaded with four ceramic projos apiece were fired to soften things up whenever the drill hit something hard.
Again, the guy was no dummy.
Just had to find his market.

1 comment:

Andy said...

Need to get the Russian youtube dude to testfire it!

You think your pal George is funny, according to Wiley the comments to the OBL hit article on military.com are outstanding...

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