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These knives have always intrigued me! They are classic weapons full of subtle features. Most have exquisite ironwork, and most usually have carved handles of endless fancy variety. Often their features include nickel silver and/or silver mounts and sheaths. Often the handles are Ivory, ebony or other exotic high-class material, sometimes carved with spirals or swirls and other decorations. Their style is fitting to the upper class and elite.
The basic pattern for the early Colt flasks was simple but required exacting production for the accurate measurement of powder by the average soldier or civilian. The body was easy, basically a copper bag to hold the gunpowder. The charger required more precise manufacturing to insure proper dispensing of propellant in the correct amount each and every time.
Between the years 1870 and 1892 a tremendous technological change took place in the nature of the military service rifle. During that period the bolt action magazine-fed rifle was refined and thereby transformed into a practicable weapon of war. By 1914 such weapons would become the standard service rifle, for all the great European powers as well as for many developing nations worldwide. These rifles would retain a dominant status as the individual soldier’s weapon until eclipsed by the...
Nathan Swayze, author of ’51 Colt Navies 1967, wrote the only comprehensive book that concentrates on the Hartford made Colt Navies. It is well written. Swayze is solely responsible for establishing and identifying the different Navy Models. He arranged them into the 1st Model, 2nd Model (These are the ones with squareback trigger guards), and the 3rd and 4th Models. The 3rd has a small round trigger guard, the 4th Model has the large round trigger guard (TG). The 3rd and 4th Models each have...
Most people, gun collectors or not, have heard of the Deringer pistol because John Wilkes Booth infamously used one for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865. To gun collectors today, Henry Deringer Jr. of Philadelphia (1786 - 1868) is revered as the man who refined the small personal protection pistol, and whose last name is now the generic term for many small percussion and cartridge pistols known to gun collectors from the early 1800s forward. One continually hears stories of...