Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dodge Nitro


 
One of the best SUVs ever made. The Nitro combines style with function. The V6 engine provides good performance and excellent power.  I like the Nitro’s styling, it looks like its owner may be carrying a gun. This is important as it may dissuade a potential “car jacker” .  The Nitro is a gun owners type of automobile. Sadly it was discontinued by Dodge in 2012.

 
 

Chrysler A57 Tank Engine.


An assembled A57 Multibank engine
In World War  II aircraft and tank engines were in short supply.  Manufacturers were hard pressed to keep up with the demand. For the early variants of the M4 Sherman tank, Chrysler developed a unique engine comprised of five 6 cylinder engines in a single assembly which created a powerful 30 cylinder tank engine called the A57 Multibank engine.  This Dodge 6 cylinder engine was used in the Dodge Windsor automobile before the war and was adapted for this purpose. Tooling already existed to produce the Windsor engine in large quantity.

5 Six Cylinder blocks ready for assembly

Tanks with these unusual engines were supplied to our Allies, most notably the British.  The engine produced 450 horse power and was very effective.  It was reportedly very smooth and reliable and could absorb a lot of punishment. Does it have anything to do with classic guns? No but its very cool.
Beautifully restored M4 Sherman with a Multibank engine.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Monuments

You can see some strange things in the details of some military monuments where weapons are concerned.  Sometimes sculptors don't get the details right. One example is the great French monument at West Point, the sword is straight and the scabbard is curved. Also the cannon balls are too large is diameter to fit the cannon.
 
 
French Monument at West Point
 
Another interesting ones if the beautiful and inspiring Confederate monument in Victoria, Texas. The Confederate Soldier has a "Trapdoor" Springfield breach loading rifle, a weapon not introduced until after the end of the War of Succession.
Confederate Soldier depicted with a post war Trapdoor rifle, not the breach of the rifle and the latch. 
 
 
One of my favorite monuments is the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial statue depicting the flag raising on Iwo Jima in World War II. The event was witnessed by my uncle, a naval officer on LST 121 at the time. Two of the M1 carbines exhibit post war modifications, the sliding adjustable sight and the barrel band with the bayonet lug. Although these modifications were approved during the war, non of them made it into combat on Iwo Jima.  
The two marines on the right have post war modifications to their M1carbines.
 
Even with these minor detail wrong, these are three of my favorite military monuments. They are beautiful and inspiring works of art which depict Americans at our best. 

  



Sunday, March 16, 2014

1st Sergeant William Wallace Burgess

1st SGT W.W. Burgess, Co K, 1st VA Cavalry, ANV
 
W.W. Burgess, a hero of the great Confederate States Army, is pictured with some interesting weapons. 1st is probably the largest D handle Bowie knife I've ever seen in a period photograph. Second is a Griswold & Gunnison revolver. Third, is an 1842 Mississippi rifle. These may have been photographer props but they are all excellent weapons for repelling a Yankee invasion. 

No Suprise: AK-74 in Crimea

Russian Troops using AK-74 rifles in Crimea
 
No real surprises, the Russian troops are using Soviet era AK-74s. In fact, the entire invasion seems to be a showcase of Cold War equipment. I fear the Crimea is forever lost to the Russian bear. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Read this interesting food blog!!!

Recipe Archeology is an outstanding blog which uncovers great recipes from the past as discovered in old recipe boxes.  The dishes made are nostalgic and very interesting.  They are a fine companion to your classic firearm. TRY SOME!!!!!

http://recipearcheology.blogspot.com/

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Pathetic Walther P-22.


Old model P-22 had the handsome features of the P-99
I have to admit being an ardent Walther fan. I’ve toured the Walther factory in Ulm, Germany, and I’ve treasured such pistols as the PP, PPK, and P.38. I’ve admired Walther Target pistols such as the Olympia and GSP. I still believe these are the best pistols of their type in the world.  I’ve owned two Walther P-22 pistols and here is my review.  

In 2003 I purchased a Walther P-22, a light handy polymer framed gun which caught my fancy.  I expected it would perform similarly to my Walther PP .22LR which was made in 1943. In short, the gun did not live up to those expectations. First, the P-22 makes extensive use of polymer, plastic, and zinc. This keeps the pistol light weight and inexpensive.

 The gun I purchased in 2003 had several problems, its accuracy was indifferent, during the first range session the safety fell off and was lost. It was never reliable in spite of buying several additional Walther magazines.  In 2012 the gun would not function at all.  I returned it to Smith & Wesson, Walther’s  American partner at the time, for repair.  I was informed the frame was cracked and the pistol would be replaced.
New Q series P-22 is much less attractive than the old model.

I felt this was excellent customer service. About 6 weeks later my replacement pistol arrived at my FFL.   I was immediately disappointed by the new Q series styling, I found the “stealth fighter: styling on the P-99 and the scaled down P-22, very attractive and modern.  The Q series guns look like a failed modern art project. However, the worth of a gun is how it functions.  I found the Q series P-22 to be a failure. 

Here is a list of the things that are wrong with the Walther P-22.  

·        The pistol is inaccurate. It performance at 25 yards is abysmal. Usually .22 caliber pistols are usually very accurate, the P-22 is a sad exception. It will not build confidence in new shooters.

·        The pistol is unreliable, there is always a failure to fire, failure to feed, failure to eject in almost every magazine. Unlike a steel gun, it cannot break in since polymer, zinc, and plastic can’t rub off edges like two steel surfaces can. The shooter is constantly clearing jams or chambering rounds to get the pistol to shoot.  The P-22 is useless as a training weapon for novice shooters, who have no confidence in a continually malfunctioning weapon.    

·        The quality of manufacture is poor, it looks and feels cheap and chintzy. Zinc alloy is really unsuitable for firearms, especially Walther. The plastic pieces such as the sights and safety are flimsy and will not stand up to daily use. This pistol feels like an airsoft gun rigged to fire .22LR. It was apparently never built to last or preform, so unlike previous Walther pistols.    

·        The P-22 is the most ammo sensitive design ever made, my two pistols would not shoot standard velocity, and many high velocity brands of ammunition. Given the difficultly in obtaining .22 ammunition, this is a serious problem. The P-22 is simply not worth wasting expensive ammunition on.

·        The earlier P-22 looked like the P-99, which was used in several James Bond movies. Although the newer Q series gun has a stronger slide, it does not have the “Bond 007 “ allure for younger shooters.

The P-22 is really unfit to wear the Walther banner.  I would sell mine in a heartbeat but I’d hate to see another shooter get stuck.  It’s a poorly made toy which shoots live ammo, its not fit as a range gun or for any more serious purpose such as hunting or competition. Avoid this gun like the plague.