A piece of firearms history for sale

I’m obliged to Jim H. for alerting me by e-mail to this auction. One of the 201 pistols made by Colt for the 1907 US Army handgun trials is up for sale on Gunbroker. It was based on the design of the earlier Colt pistols of 1900 and 1902, but in the new caliber of .45 ACP. This is the gun that would evolve into the legendary Model of 1911, which was the issue sidearm of the US armed forces from that year until the 1980’s, and is still issued to specialist units. The cutaway drawings below show some of

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Another interesting freak of nature

We’ve mentioned things like pictures of Jesus or the Virgin Mary appearing on a piece of toast, or in a window reflection, or things like that. Now it seems that more mythical characters may be involved, as this report describes. Judging by his stern features, he looks like a bit of a chilly customer. With what appears to be a clearly defined nose, eyes and lips, this image frozen on an icicle has led many to claim that it is Jack Frost personified. After all, he’s in his element. Others say his beard and high forehead are the embodiment of

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The paths of upright-eousness???

It seems the CIA and other US intelligence agencies have a new weapon in the war on terror. America’s CIA has found a novel way to gain information from fickle Afghan warlords – supplying sex-enhancing drug Viagra, a US media report says. The Washington Post said it was one of a number of enticements being used. In one case, a 60-year-old warlord with four wives was given four pills and four days later detailed Taleban movements in return for more. “Whatever it takes to make friends and influence people,” the Post quoted one agent as saying. “Whether it’s building a

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Sailing on a spider?

I’m intrigued by a report in the Daily Mail about a new design of seagoing vessel, which looks rather like a spider dancing over the waves. The WAM-V, or Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel, blasts along on two giant inflatable tubes which, according to its designers, let it ‘dance’ with the waves. Powered by twin diesel engines, the spider-like craft can be crewed by just two people as it tackles voyages of up to 5,000 miles. And best of all, designers claim the boat, nicknamed Proteus, is so light that its fuel consumption is ‘significantly lower’ than other boats of a

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Laptops overtake desktops in overall sales

I’m interested to see that laptop computers outsold desktop units for the first time last quarter, according to market research. This was apparently due to the new wave of ‘netbook computers‘, much smaller, lighter and cheaper than full-featured laptop computers, but quite adequate to surf the Web, check e-mail, and so on. I’ve seen these new small laptops, but I’ve never used one. I have a HP Pavilion full-feature laptop, plus my desktop, and tend to use the latter for all work at home, reserving the laptop for travel. How about you, readers? Are any of you using the new

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Christmas food

Christmas is traditionally a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, and particularly to over-indulge in rich foods. I haven’t done so in quite a while, living alone as I do, but I enjoy reading about various ways to make the season heavy. Of course, the season of celebration extends through the traditional ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’, so there’s no need to do it all in one day. For those who’d like to try something new over the next few days, with either left-overs or fresh ingredients, here’s a very handy collection of traditional German Christmas recipes. How

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The night Christmas became real

It had been a bad day. A very bad day. Members of the so-called ‘Mass Democratic Movement’ (MDM – a front organization for terrorists) had been trying to ‘politicize’ a township in South Africa for some time. Most of them were members of one particular tribe – and in Africa, one’s tribe counts for quite a lot. Their efforts had been resisted by many residents, who were members of another tribe, and didn’t see why these upstarts from an ‘inferior’ tribe should be allowed to push them around. Needless to say, the apartheid police, always eager to ‘divide and rule’,

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A Merry Christmas to my friends in the sandbox

I have several friends in the sandbox (both of them), plus readers of this blog who’ve somehow heard about it while over there. To all of you, I send my prayers and very best wishes for a safe, peaceful and blessed Christmas. I’ll post general Christmas greetings tomorrow night, but since you’re several hours ahead of us in the USA, I figured I’d better get yours out to you ahead of time. You all seem to have fairly raucous senses of humor (a bit like mine when I was serving!), so I thought you might enjoy Achmed the Dead Terrorist

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