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First, let’s consider media The first of the highly publicized mass school shootings was the one at the Columbine High School in April of 1999. The shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, first became infamous for killing or wounding 34 of their classmates and teachers. They soon became famous when Time Magazine chose to place the killer’s photographs on the front cover of their May 3rd issue. It was an incredible breach of journalistic responsibility, one which may well have inspired other...
It’s always a good feeling when one of our articles stimulates new information on a subject to arise. Such was the case with Ed Hull’s article on the Needham Conversions in our most recent issue. Jim Buchanan happened to have a Needham of a totally different design in his collection and sent us the attached photos. We forwarded the photos to Ed Hull and he added the interesting clip from The Mechanics Magazine of August 16, 1861 which we have attached herein. Ed also noted that the design...
Imperial German Luger As an example consider this Imperial German Army P.08. Luger collectors refer to this variation as a First Issue. Features of this P.08 variation include no chamber manufacture date, no stock lug and the inspection and proof marks are on the left side of the receiver. This variation was not manufactured with a hold open device. The small parts were numbered in the hidden commercial fashion.
“Brass is all the rage in Paris this year”, or something like, seemed to be the opinion of Callender Irvine in 1812, Commissary General for the United States War Department1 . Irvine had obtained a French Model 1777 Flintlock Musket to study during the early design period of the 1812 Standard Pattern Flintlock Musket2 . Among some of the French M1777 innovations was a lock featuring a detachable cast brass flashpan. That style brass pan, as well as other component configurations, was copied...
Toward the end of the 17th Century a class of handguns was developed that were of a distinctive pattern, one that maximized the characteristics that, within the bounds of contemporary technology, were exactly what was desired. From a strictly aesthetic point of view they were among the most handsome handguns ever produced.