Category Archives: History

John Moses Browning

Today is John Moses Browning’s birthday. Celebrate responsibly. John Moses Browning was the most famous and competent gunmaker the world has ever known. He was the son of Jonathan Browning, himself a highly competent gunsmith, and Elizabeth Clark. John Moses … Continue reading

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The night Alfalfa died

The death of Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer is still a very murky chapter in Hollywood history. The story usually goes that on the night of January 21, 1959, Alfalfa and a friend named Jack Piott came to the ranch-style Los Angeles … Continue reading

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On This Day

In 1981 Ronald Reagan, former Western movie actor and host of television’s popular “Death Valley Days” is sworn in as the 40th president of the United States. MORE Minutes after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as the 40th president of the United … Continue reading

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On This Day

On January 19th 1807, Robert E Lee was born. Born to Revolutionary War hero Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee in Stratford Hall, Virginia, Robert Edward Lee seemed destined for military greatness.  Despite financial hardship that caused his father to depart to the … Continue reading

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On This Vile Day

In 1919 The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified on this day in 1919 and becomes the law of the land. The movement for the prohibition … Continue reading

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The Rebel Yell

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Gun porn

One gun that I’ll never sell or give away — except to my son — belonged originally to my great great grandfather, Weetman Pearson. It’s a Purdey side-by-side in 12 ga., one of a pair that started the building process … Continue reading

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On This Day

On January 15th, 1919, in what was probably the most bizarre disaster in United States’ history, a storage tank burst on Boston’s waterfront releasing two million gallons of molasses in a 15 ft-high, 160 ft-wide wave that raced through the … Continue reading

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On This Day

On this day in 1128, Pope Honorius II grants a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knights Templar, declaring it to be an army of God. Led by the Frenchman Hughes de Payens, the Knights Templar organization … Continue reading

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Gun porn

From a reader: S&W Model of 1917 chambered in 45 ACP, one of approximately 175,000 purchased by dot-gov for WWI because M1911 production couldn’t keep up with needs of the military. A similar revolver, also called the Model of 1917 … Continue reading

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On This Day

On January 12, 1888, one of the worst blizzards to strike the Great Plains hit the sparsely populated states of Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa, as well as the Dakota Territory. The mark it left on the people of the … Continue reading

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On This Day

The modern oil industry was born on a hill in southeastern Texas. This hill was formed by a giant underground dome of salt as it moved slowly towards the surface. As it crept, it pushed the earth that was in … Continue reading

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The Apache Kid

Said to have been the fiercest Apache next to Geronimo, as well as a notorious outlaw of the late 19th century, was the Apache Kid. Born in the 1860’s on the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona, the “Kid” was most … Continue reading

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On This Day

On this day in 1776, writer Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet “Common Sense,” setting forth his arguments in favor of American independence. Although little used today, pamphlets were an important medium for the spread of ideas in the 16th through … Continue reading

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On This Day

In 1877 Outnumbered, low on ammunition, and forced to use outdated weapons to defend themselves, Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their final losing battle against the U.S. Cavalry in Montana. Six months earlier, Crazy Horse (Tashunca-uitco) and his ally, … Continue reading

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On This Day

In 1776 From Philadelphia, Samuel Adams writes to his friend Colonel James Warren that the idea of a confederation, or loose political union, among the colonies “is not dead, but sleepeth. To those who believed they would see the confederation … Continue reading

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On This Day

In 1643 In the first record of a legal divorce in the American colonies, Anne Clarke of the Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a divorce from her absent and adulterous husband, Denis Clarke, by the Quarter Court of Boston, Massachusetts. … Continue reading

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On This Day

In 1847 Samuel Colt rescues the future of his faltering gun company by winning a contract to provide the U.S. government with 1,000 of his .44 caliber revolvers. Before Colt began mass-producing his popular revolvers in 1847, handguns had not … Continue reading

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Damn, they look recoil happy, don’t they?

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The Hotel Jeffery, Coulterville CA

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