14 Thousand Views Reached

First post published on Nov 8 2013

First post published on Nov 8 2013

I would like to thank everyone who reads this site.  We just reached 14,000 views since this blog was started in November 2013.  My job keeps be busy and I sometimes can’t post as often as I like.  I hope to change that now I am moving to a new job next week.

Thanks to everyone who has commented or emailed on posts or just read some of my posts.

 

Freddy

Gun of the Week #19 : H&R 1895 .32 Short Top Break Pistol

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Freddy’s Note:
I am back after two weeks being away. Every week I feature a gun from my collection. This week it is a H&R 1895 .32 short Top Break Pistol.  I have a fondness for these old revolvers. I own 4 different .32 caliber revolvers.  It is hard to find .32 short ammo for these guns. I think I paid $100 for this gun at a gun show.  it is in great shape for such an old gun You can see all the previous gun of the week posts here.

The original H&R firm was in business for over a century from 1871 to 1986.

Frank Wesson started a firearms manufacturing firm in 1859, sharing an early patent with Nathan Harrington. Wesson produced two trigger rifles and spur trigger pistols and pocket rifles/shotguns popular for short length holster models such as the discontinued topper compact pocket shotguns. He started a brief partnership in 1871 with his nephew Gilbert Henderson Harrington, as Wesson & Harrington, until Harrington bought him out in 1874.

In 1875 Harrington and another former Wesson employee, William Augustus Richardson, formed the new Harrington & Richardson Company. In 1888 the firm was incorporated as The Harrington & Richardson Arms Company. Their original capital investment was $75,000. Harrington was president, Richardson was treasurer, and George F. Brooks was secretary. After the deaths of Harrington and Richardson in 1897, Brooks became the manager and the company was held by heirs Edwin C. Harrington and Mary A. Richardson.

In 1894 the company opened a new facility on Park Avenue in Worcester, Massachusetts. The factory was expanded again after a few years. The firearms produced through this time to 1911 carry extreme value as original antiquities. Original rifles and shotguns from these dates are scarce because of their limited production and discontinued parts.

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This particular model is the Top-Break Auto Ejecting it was made in .32 S&W or .38 S&W cal., 5 (.38 cal.) or 6 shot cylinder, hard rubber grip panels with floral design, 3¼ in. barrel, modified American Double Action mechanism and frame, nickel finish, First Variation marked on top of barrel with company name and address only and two guide rods for ejector (1885-1886), Second Variation patent date 10-4-87 marked on top of barrel along with company name and address, extractor does not have extra guide rods (1887-1889). Mfg. 1885-1889.

It is a nice little gun. I wish I had more .32 short to use in it and several of the other H&R guns that I own.

Some punk tried to steal one of my cars last night….

car_thief1Someone tried to steal one of my cars last night.  My wife surprised the criminal  in our driveway.  It was really pouring heavy rain last night.  Not the best time to steal a small convertible car.

My wife was going out to her car and there was someone in my little car.  The man in a black hoodie got out of the car and ran up the street.  My wife came back inside and yelled to me.

My son and I grabbed a few guns and went after the punk.  He must have had a partner up up the street in a car. Because we searched the neighbor for a while and couldn’t find anyone

I put the antique car in the garage turned on all the exterior floodlights and we waited to see if they came back.  Unfortunately, the punk did not.  My son was carrying a Beretta and his Colt 1911 and I had my Beretta 92fs and my UZI.

There is a security light out in the driveway that I will be fixing today. I live in a Stand your Ground, and Home is your Castle state. If the guy comes back, he may not get to chance to leave my property again. We will be ready and prepared.

UPDATE:

I was reading the Nashua Telegraph Website today and saw this report. Which was posted shortly after we chased away the car thief.

NASHUA | SHOTS FIRED | CALLER BELIEVES SHOTS MAY HAVE COME FROM BLUE ACURA SEDAN. USE CAUTION IN AREA. | SNHEA1

We were driving around this area looking for the car thief.  I wonder if the Blue Acura had the car thief and his partner in it? Well they may have been armed.  Well, I had my UZI that I built and documented on this web site.  Plus 3 other hand guns between us, I think we could have outgunned them if they had confronted us.

If you love old WarBirds, Visit Warbird Adventures in Kissimmee Florida

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I know that most of my posts are complaining about something, So I am taking a break from complaining to talking about a great time we had recently during the Florida trip. During my recent trip to Florida, I visited WarBird Adventures in Kissimmee Florida. They are located at the  just 10 minutes from Disney World at Kissimmee Gateway Airport 233 N. Hoagland Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34741, USA.  http://www.warbirdadventures.com.  The people here are very friendly and a nice group of people.

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They normally have 2 of their fleet of Texans ready to fly. More in the busy season.

At WarBird Adventures you get to fly in the premier Flighter-Trainer of WWII, the North American T-6 Texan. You are teamed with a pilot/instructor who will let you fly the aircraft.  If you want fly straight  no problem. If you want to do “Gentleman’s Aerobatics, that’s fine too.  You do not have to be a pilot. But If you are a pilot, like my associate, you will control the airplane 90% of the time, and my friend did aerobatics in this plane. They can record your flight in video. They have 3 cameras in the plane. They sell the DVD for $60 for a 60 minute flight. They can also take still photos like the one underneath this line.

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While you are there you might see their P-51 Mustang “Precious Metal”  which will represent Florida at the National Championship Air Races in Nevada.

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The P-51 Mustang named “Precious Metal”

Inside the Museum

Inside the Museum

While you are at WarBird Adventures check out their Kissimmee Air Museum. Partial list of the aircraft in the museum are below:

  • Boeing N2S-5 “Stearman”
  • Boeing PT-17 “Kaydet” Project
  • Cassutt III
  • Cessna L-19 “Bird Dog”
  • Fouga “Magister” CM.170
  • Grumman S2-F “Tracker”
  • Hiller OH-23 “Raven”
  • Molt Taylor “Aerocar”
  • PZL TS-11 “Iskra”

Prices:
The museum is $10. But if you ride a plane, they don’t charge you for the museum.

Texan rides range from $250 for a 10 minute flight to $740 for a 60 minute flight.  This is actual time flying. from take off to landing. They do not charge for taxiing or warming up the aircraft.

If you are in Florida, and have the cash, stop by for a Once in Lifetime experience.

 

 

Weapon of the Week: Texas Raiders B-17 Bomber

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 9.56.06 AMI was at Sun ‘N Fun 2014 at Lakeland Florida recently and saw many old Warbirds.  This one was one of my favorite.  I am making it Weapon of the Week. Instead of Gun of the Week.

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History of the B-17 Bomber
Over 75 years ago, the Boeing Airplane Company designed the B-17 for a contract that called for 200 of the aircraft, and by the end of production, Boeing had built a total of 6,981 B-17s. The Douglas Aircraft Company and the Vega Aircraft Corporation (a subsidiary of the Lockheed Aircraft Company) together built another 5,745 B-17s under license from Boeing. About 50 assorted B-17 variants survive today, most being on static display at museums or on air force base air park displays. Of those numbers, only about 10 are flyable at any given time.

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“Texas Raiders” was built in 1944 by the Douglas Aircraft Company at their Long Beach, California plant. Both the Boeing and the Lockheed Vega companies had already closed their production lines by this time. She was one of the last 20 B-17s built by Douglas, which makes her the youngest of the B-17s currently flying.

Texas Raiders appears at airshows around the country. Fee’s for a 30 minute ride vary from $500 for a normal seat, to $800 for the Bombardier seat. For more information http://www.gulfcoastwing.org/

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View from the Bombardier Position while under flight

Built under contract number AC-1862, she was one of the last 20 B-17s built by Douglas and was delivered on July 12, 1945 to the U.S. Army Air Corps as B-17G-95-DL 44-83872. Her fuselage number was 2987, and factory number was 32513. Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) had past, and the USAAC did not have a need for more of the heavy bombers, so on July 21 of 1945, all 20 of these Douglas B-17s were transferred to the U.S. Navy to serve as PB-1W Patrol Bombers. B-17G #44-83872 was assigned the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics Number (BuNo) 77235.

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Texas Raiders joined the air show circuit in 2010, just in time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the B-17. She has traveled to the world renown Experimental Aircraft Association EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow, where she was featured in AeroShell Square.[2] She has also participated in the Gathering of ‘Fortresses at the Thunder Over Michigan air show, and as a tribute to the unit that she memorializes, appeared at the 381st Bomb Squadron’s reunion. In 2012, she participated in the airshow at Dyess Air Force Base. TR was hosted by the 436th Training Squadron, which is the unit whose linage goes back to the 88th Reconnaissance Squadron that Texas Raiders commemorates while performing in the Tora Tora Tora act.

Armament on the B-17

Guns:
13 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns in 8 positions (2 in the Bendix chin turret, 2 on nose cheeks, two staggered waist guns, 2 in upper Sperry turret, 2 in Sperry ball turret in belly, 2 in the tail and one in the nose)

Bombs:
Short range missions (<400 mi): 8,000 lb (3,600 kg)
Long range missions (≈800 mi): 4,500 lb (2,000 kg)
Overload: 17,600 lb (7,800 kg)

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Tail Guns

 

A news outlet asks : Has homeowners using deadly force in Detroit gone to far?

 

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A Detroit TV station is asking if homeowners defending themselves with deadly force gone too far in Detroit.

Detroit is the cesspool of the US, with even the policy chief recently suggesting that people should get concealed carry permits to be able to defend themselves.

Apparently, three cases of homeowners shooting suspected intruders have been reported in the past five weeks.

A local moron named Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality believes in self defense but says these “vigilantees” have gone too far.”Certainly people have a right to defend themselves in their home but they do not have a right to make it a free-fire zone, and the chief, or his spokesperson, should never put that in the minds of people. We must operate not on the basis of fear but on the basis of understanding and how we as a community can come together to stop the violence,” he says.

Ok Ron, So the next time people try to break into your home and rape and muirder your family, I expect you will be meeting these criminals at the door with cookies and beer.

My take on this is simple.

Are their still low life morons trying to break into home and hurt people and steal their stuff?

If YES, then it has not gone too far.

I would guess that 3 dead home invaders in 5 weeks is not enough to deter the criminals of Detroit.  Hey Detroit homeowners, let’s see if you can double or triple that statistic in the next 5 weeks.

How many dead home invaders does it take to get the punks of Detroit to stop invading and breaking into homes?  Let’s find out.

 

Site Update

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I have been traveling non-stop for the last month.  I have been to Harrisburg PA (Twice). Dallas, Nashville, Ottawa Canada and other places most people really don’t want to go.  It was work related travel. That’s why the site has not been updated that much.

I took a new job today and this type of crazy travel should stop.

I manage a few websites for people in the aviation business and I have the opportunity to go to LakeLand Florida next week for the annual Sun and Fun 2014 aviation fly-in and festival.  I even  have press credentials for this event. I applied and they said yes. There will be plenty of old Warbirds there plus hundreds of planes of all kinds, and it is  6 days of airshows including the Blue Angels and others. 

So next week some of the Aviation stuff may end up on this site.   I am bringing a gun with me for the first time.  I bought a Pelican Gun case and will be properly declaring a unloaded firearm according to the airlines rules.  I will write about how that goes.  Why am I bringing a gun… Well it is Florida.. The Official Stand your Ground State. Every tourist in Florida should be carrying as many guns as can.