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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #125 on: April 03, 2010, 02:47:17 pm »
Looks like a guy could shave using his reflection in that gun!
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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #126 on: April 29, 2010, 01:04:57 pm »
Came across this stereoview for sale on ebay this morning, and thought it was an interesting image of SA War era rifles and kit.  Described as "1st Illinois" .....

Rattlesnake Jack Robson, Scout, Rocky Mountain Rangers, North West Canada, 1885
Major John M. Robson, Royal Scots of Canada, 1883-1901
Sgt. John Robson, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1885
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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #127 on: April 29, 2010, 04:00:20 pm »
Great shot!  SAW state unit in issue gear, dark blue shirt, baggy sky blue trousers, white infantry stripe, dark brown leggings, M1884 trapdoors with buffington sights, tan single row 50 round mills belt.  Note the only sign of rank on that Sgt. is the 1" leg stripe.
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« Reply #128 on: April 29, 2010, 04:43:52 pm »
Great shot!  SAW state unit in issue gear, dark blue shirt, baggy sky blue trousers, white infantry stripe, dark brown leggings, M1884 trapdoors with buffington sights, tan single row 50 round mills belt.  Note the only sign of rank on that Sgt. is the 1" leg stripe.

Well. to my untutored eye it just "looked good" ......
..... although I admit to resisting the urge to add "but then what do I know?" to my original comment to that effect ....   ;D
Rattlesnake Jack Robson, Scout, Rocky Mountain Rangers, North West Canada, 1885
Major John M. Robson, Royal Scots of Canada, 1883-1901
Sgt. John Robson, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1885
Bvt. Col, Commanding International Dept. and Div.  of Canada, Grand Army of the Frontier
Old West ClipArt & History Website:  http://rattlesnakejacks.com/

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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #129 on: April 29, 2010, 06:27:10 pm »
Well, no doubt they'd look better in Kilts, but we ain't that advanced yet . . .  :P ::) ;D
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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #130 on: April 30, 2010, 07:04:59 pm »
Drydock,

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Well, no doubt they'd look better in Kilts, but we ain't that advanced yet . . .  :P ::) ;D
My friend, I doubt you have the legs for a kilt. Least I doubt you have a good enough tan. You'd look like two pink knitting needles sticking out of the sewing basket... ;D :o
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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #131 on: April 30, 2010, 08:40:05 pm »
Oh, they would'nt look near that good . . .  :-X
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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #132 on: May 06, 2010, 07:34:40 pm »
OK slightly out of the period, but cool, cadets at Kearney Nebraska Highschool, cirea 1906-07  Picture 13540 in the Butcher Collection:









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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #133 on: May 07, 2010, 09:42:28 pm »
Most of them seem pretty good a scowling for the camera!

I never thought about it before, but if(seems like a BIG IF) we had any younger shooters, then a cadet impression should work well for GAF. Lots of different uniforms to work with. Those in the pic don't look like they would be that difficult to make up, except maybe the caps.

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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #134 on: May 09, 2010, 08:43:13 pm »
All those M1889 New Navys.  One handed and two handed holds
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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #135 on: May 14, 2010, 05:09:52 pm »
All those M1889 New Navys.  One handed and two handed holds
I have that one, but was saving it for the next time someone said they didn't shoot 2 handed "back then"-all just for fun, of course. ;)

I kid around sometimes and tell people I used a time machine and gave the Sailors some rum (Sailors will do just about anything for some good rum)  in exchange for them posing 2 handed with their new fangled trigger cocking Colts, then I made sure the photo ended up in The Library of Congress! Gets a good laugh from anyone that knows anything about Sailors and shares my strange sense of firearms humor.

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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #136 on: May 14, 2010, 05:27:26 pm »
A good view of the USS Vesuvius and its three huge air powered dynamite guns-this would make for some fun range time!

http://www.hazegray.org/features/vesuvius/

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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #137 on: May 14, 2010, 05:39:10 pm »
Rum?!   ;D
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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #138 on: May 14, 2010, 08:26:12 pm »
All those M1889 New Navys.  One handed and two handed holds

Note that the two-handed hold (.... strictly speaking, it is actually a wrist support grip, rather than a true two handed-hold .....) is only being employed by the sailors who are kneeling.  I'd wager it is a special stance for long range shooting.

All of the tars who are standing are utilizing an arm-almost-fully-extended one-hand hold .... just like the Good Lord intended!

 ;D
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Major John M. Robson, Royal Scots of Canada, 1883-1901
Sgt. John Robson, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1885
Bvt. Col, Commanding International Dept. and Div.  of Canada, Grand Army of the Frontier
Old West ClipArt & History Website:  http://rattlesnakejacks.com/

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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #139 on: May 14, 2010, 08:52:43 pm »
Some are wrist holds, some have the hand in what we'd consider a full modern cradle hold.  And take a close look at the 4th standing sailor from the left!
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« Reply #140 on: May 14, 2010, 10:14:00 pm »
......  And take a close look at the 4th standing sailor from the left!

Definitely missed that!  

(But then I'm an old, half-blind Canuck, eh?   :-\  )
Rattlesnake Jack Robson, Scout, Rocky Mountain Rangers, North West Canada, 1885
Major John M. Robson, Royal Scots of Canada, 1883-1901
Sgt. John Robson, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1885
Bvt. Col, Commanding International Dept. and Div.  of Canada, Grand Army of the Frontier
Old West ClipArt & History Website:  http://rattlesnakejacks.com/

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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #141 on: May 14, 2010, 10:43:31 pm »
Definitely missed that!  

(But then I'm an old, half-blind Canuck, eh?   :-\  )
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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #142 on: May 15, 2010, 03:43:46 am »
Rum?  ???
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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #143 on: May 15, 2010, 09:38:26 am »
Aye, rum! This is one of those things that transcend national pride and make all those who plough the waves into brothers. That's why I submit Pusser's Rum as the best.
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« Reply #144 on: May 15, 2010, 09:53:00 am »
Rum?  ???
Is rum only a Royal Navy tradition?   ???

It was issued daily (a pint, diluted 3:1) to British sailors for over 300 years, from the mid 1600's until 1970!  (The Royal Canadian Navy did not discontinue the daily rum issue until 1972 ...)
Rattlesnake Jack Robson, Scout, Rocky Mountain Rangers, North West Canada, 1885
Major John M. Robson, Royal Scots of Canada, 1883-1901
Sgt. John Robson, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1885
Bvt. Col, Commanding International Dept. and Div.  of Canada, Grand Army of the Frontier
Old West ClipArt & History Website:  http://rattlesnakejacks.com/

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« Reply #145 on: May 15, 2010, 09:55:56 am »
Ah, Nelsons blood!
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« Reply #146 on: May 15, 2010, 10:02:05 am »
Rattlesnake Jack Robson, Scout, Rocky Mountain Rangers, North West Canada, 1885
Major John M. Robson, Royal Scots of Canada, 1883-1901
Sgt. John Robson, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1885
Bvt. Col, Commanding International Dept. and Div.  of Canada, Grand Army of the Frontier
Old West ClipArt & History Website:  http://rattlesnakejacks.com/

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« Reply #147 on: May 15, 2010, 12:00:28 pm »
The USN tradition of drinking aboard ship came to an end after the passage of the Volstead Act when then SECNAV Josephus Daniels ended the practice by Instruction.

I understand that from time to time there is a modern "beer call."  I've seen photos of the event aboard a Bird Farm visiting Diego Garcia.  I've heard of it happening during long deployments when the Captain orders a "rope yarn" and everybody over 18 gets one.

While I enjoy Pussers, I prefer Myers.   8)

I've also got a set of signal flags I bought from the Pusser's web site so I can signal "Splice the Mainbrace" when the spirit moves me!   8)

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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #148 on: May 15, 2010, 05:51:25 pm »
We had a beer call after we left Somalia, since we hadn't had any liberty calls for about two and half months.  Every man aboard was allowed two beers.  (Budweiser, as I recall.)
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Re: Historic Photos/GAF weapons
« Reply #149 on: May 15, 2010, 09:35:46 pm »
Just to ease things back on track here:
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