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The other day I was driving by a Middle School. Cars were lined up along the road, maybe 40 or 50 of them, to pick up their children after school. I had noticed this many times before and thought nothing about it, but this time I noticed that all of the cars were empty—the parents had left the cars to walk to the school door so they could escort their kids the fifty feet to their cars.
Miniature weapons and related paraphernalia have been around for nearly as long as have the originals after which they are modeled. Incredible craftsmen, like the famous Swiss watchmakers, have been drawn to the challenge of miniaturization of firearms, blades, artillery and virtually anything else that represents the level of quality and complexity found in weaponry. In this column we will periodically look at the fine examples of this craft and the men who made them.
Collectors of antique militaria prize objects for a variety of reasons. Considerable appeal lies in the appreciation of precision craftsmanship. Another factor is the historical significance of a piece. These qualities determine the desirability of an antique weapon. The value of a piece is driven by rarity and the degree of preservation. This holds true whether an object is one hundred or one thousand years old.
Antique photographs of people have always been of interest to this writer in large part because these early images capture those persons’ actual appearance, dressed in the true garb of the period, as opposed to the interpretation placed on such details in modern movies and television shows that may, or more likely may not, be historically accurate. We see many settings chosen by the subjects and can easily surmise the reasons that they considered important enough for them to pay a...
It was while on an engineering assignment in Phoenix that I started to gather a few firearms. First there was a Luger then, a Beretta and a few British 303’s, finally a Model 97 Winchester, acquired in a trade for the Beretta. I was not aware of the many other forms of firearm ignition.
This article was about 95% completed when I learned from one of my sources of a February1968 American Rifleman article by Ashley Halsey Jr. entitled ‘George Washington’s Favorite Guns’. I found a copy on eBay. It is very good! Well-researched, with interesting data showing Washington’s early interest in hunting, and good illustrations for the time, I would not have started my own (lesser) attempt had I known of its existence - it contains much of what I had, independently, learned. However,...