Friday, September 29, 2023

The Wide, Wide World of Camouflage

 Camouflage (often misspelled as camoflauge).
..... the word comes from the French saying : "To blow smoke in the face of another". I think the frogs used it like our American saying..."blow smoke up someone's ass" or to confuse, lie or deceive, but that is just my guess.....

It came to mean: hide, blend in or disappear. I am sure most people know that camouflage should do two things, 1. break up the lines of the object to obscure its shape (making it harder to identify) and 2. help the item blend in with the surrounding environment. This means that the color, shading, shapes and lines are all important.
Here are some good examples.

Even ships used camo, this is called "Dazzle Camo", it breaks up the lines so you can't tell what you are looking at nor how large the object is

The new modern patterns hide the hunter so he looks like he is part of the tree

Before you go thinking that this idea came from the military.....nope nature taught us everything we know....

Different types of Camouflage

old school US Military Camo

Sometime in the last 25 years or so they switched to Digital Camo

U.S. Desert Camo

And the digital version

The latest US Army Camo design

The U.S. used this Tiger Stripe camo in Vietnam

 old school urban camo,characterized by the use of whites and grays

One of the many varieties of snow camo

Rhodesian Camo

German camo, called "Flecktarn"
During the Cold War East Germany used this pattern called "Rain Camo"

Kryptek Camo 

Original Mossy Oak

Original Real Tree

We could go on for days with all the different styles of camo, let's see some more examples of it in use

Some interesting articles on Camo

The Economist


Monday, September 25, 2023

Week 39 2023


This Week in Firearms History:

September 24: In 1755 John Marshall is born, he helped create the check and balance system in US Justice; in 1960 the USS Enterprice (CVN-65), the World's 1st nuclear powered aircraft carrier is launched.

September 25: In 1775 Ethan Allen is captured by the British; in 1789 The US Congress proposes the Bill of Rights; in 2006 Col Jeff Cooper dies at his home on Gunsite Ranch.

September 26: In 1820 Daniel Boone dies; in 1968 Hawaii Five-O debuts on TV

September 27: In 1722 American Patriot Sam Adams is born; in 1940 Japan joins the Axis Powers

September 28: In 1066 the Norman conquest of England begins; in 1781 the siege of Yorktown begins; in 1939 Warsaw is overrun by Nazi troops.

September 29: In 1829 the London Metropolitan Police (Bobbies) hit the streets; in 1907 Gene Autry is born

September 30: In 1864 13 black soldiers are awarded the Medal of Honor; in 1941 Nazi troops kill more than 33,000 Jews in Ukraine

Gun of the Week: Colt Single Action Army

Few guns are as famous as the Colt Single Action Army. It is one of only two guns have ever been given the title of the "Gun that won the West".

Samuel Colt's name was already synonymous with the word revolver when the Single Action Army was introduced, ironically the gun that took his name Worldwide and made his company millions came after his death in 1862.

Developed in the late 1860s, the Single Action Army may have come sooner if it were not for a dubious patent held by Rollin White and licensed to competitors Smith & Wesson. When White's patent expired in 1869, Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company went to work, developing what would become the most famous handgun of all time.

The revolver has many names including "the model of 1873" (the year the revolver was adopted by the US Army), "the strap pistol" (due to it being the 1st Colt with a top strap) or the "Peacemaker". 

Even though the revolver has been chambered in a dozen different cartridges, many simply called it the "Colt 45". Production ended in 1941 with WWII and began again in 1956 due to demand caused by western movies.

The third generation of the SAA is still being produced by Colt as are numerous copies.

Cartridge of the Week: 220 Swift

The 220 Swift takes its name from its speed, it is the fastest commercial cartridge made.

Developed in the mid 1930s by Winchester it was introduced in 1935. Using a necked down 6mm Lee Navy case, it outpaced all other cartridges, capable of speeds in excess of 4,600 fps. The cartridge was 1st chambered in the Winchester model 54.

Gun Quote of the Week:

"Every man should be able to use his hands to fight his way to his knife, his knife to his sidearm, his sidearm to his rifle, his rifle to his freedom, and skip steps whenever possible." - The Art of Manliness

Bubba Gun of the Week:
This week's Bubba Gun comes from south of the border, Mexican redneck Mauricio Tamarind Guiterrez IV created this diasterpiece from a vintage 1911 lost during General Pershing's campaign to capture the terrorist, Pancho Villa. Among his heinous acts committed to this pistol was the removal of the trigger guard. He then added the custom monogrammed grips and gold accented engraving.

Gun Sticker of the Week:

This ebay seller has a set of 4 stickers for your AR-15 lower receiver, see them here.

Gun T-Shirt of the Week:

This weeks gun of the week is from an ebay seller, get them here

Friday, September 22, 2023

Theme Guns 42

 We'll kick off this episode with a couple of Nintendo Zappers

How about some 80's themed guns?

We'll finish with this collection of Joker themed AR rifles, based on the Sharps Brothers "Jack" receivers