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All Good Things… The article in this issue’s Entry Point is probably reminiscent of how a lot of us got interested in collecting these old hunks of iron, though few of us “lived the dream” to the extent that Jimmie Campbell did, except perhaps in our dreams. A follow up story on Jimmie’s Collection will be in the next issue’s Entry Point
So many Smiths! (1) e name appears on many 19th century English terms, but one Smith family is particularly worth discussing. William, and then his sons Samuel and Charles, created ne rearms, but several unique achievements make these gunmakers special: the world’s most beautiful intlock; an unusual percussion ignition system; and an idiosyncratic double-barrel design. I’ll discuss and show examples of all these, and then I’ll explore the mysteries of the Smith family numbering systems.
In 1972 Ruger introduced the Old Army. If you take the Remington 1858 New Army and marry it with the Ruger Super Blackhawk you have the rst modern cap and ball revolver. Apply a patented loading lever system that is guaranteed to never come loose from recoil and you have the “ rst significant advance in percussion revolver construction in more than a century.”
Most, if not all, of the readers of this article know that both Spring eld Armory (herea er “SA”) and Rock Island Arsenal (herea er “RIA”) manufactured the superb Model 1903 ri e and that both facilities started their serial numbers at number 1. Why this was done is hard to understand, for surely the Ordnance Department should have known this would lead to an accountability problem, plus a lot of confusion, for at that time and up to World War II the Department tried to maintain weapon...
If you were a gunner's mate aboard a late eighteenth or early nineteenth century man-o-war and determined to maintain or attain mastery of the seas, the ability to precisely determine when to let go with a broadside was of critical importance. the method of using a port re and quickmatch just wasn’t precise enough to time discharge with the roll of the ship. Many seafaring countries adapted mechanical devices that enabled the gunner to precisely time the angle of roll to the cannons target.