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Guns in the Movies (Video)

February 10, 2017 Ian McCollum 22

Today we have not so much an examination of a specific firearms, but rather a look at how Clint Eastwood’s film portrayal of Dirty Harry Callahan drove a huge wave of popularity of the Smith […]

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A Spencer Anecdote

July 21, 2016 Ian McCollum 15

In early 1864, Arizona pioneer and Colonel King S. Woolsey borrowed a Spencer repeating rifle from then-Territorial Governor John Goodwin for an expedition against a band of Apaches. On Aril 26, 1864, the Hartford Evening […]

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Travel Plans & Patreon

June 24, 2016 Ian McCollum 27

When I set up my Patreon funding page a while back, I needed to define a couple specific goals – you know, what do I plan to do with this money anyway? Well, what I […]

Trench Warfare Notes (English, 1915)
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Trench Warfare Notes, 1915

May 25, 2016 Ian McCollum 22

I have a really neat document to share today, generously sent to me by a reader named Chris in the United Kingdom. These are the notes from a 1915 course on trench warfare as recorded by […]

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Flamethrower Q&A with Charlie Hobson

May 9, 2016 Ian McCollum 44

http://www.flamethrowerexpert.com Today’s questions by timestamp are: 0:40 – After international conventions banned most flamethrower use, where and when have they still been used and why? 1:15 – What Hollywood examples are particularly realistic and which […]

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Publishing and Book Scarcity

February 26, 2016 Ian McCollum 62

In this world of on-demand printing and e-books, one might hope that we would no longer have to deal with issues of scarcity with published books – alas this is not the case. I was […]