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February 21, 2004

Proof - photos of Armed Canadians (not in the service)

An Armed Canadian in the Wild!

Dr. Funk did pick up that Czech rifle we talked about a while ago.

And took it out and used it!

And took pictures. And posted 'em. Some people in Ottawa are probably besides themselves. One can only hope, anyway!

by John on Feb 21, 2004 | Gun Rights

February 20, 2004

Speaking of remodeling houses...

...since there seem to be several bloggers in the throes of that as we are at Castle Argghhh!. I wonder, if I can either rebuild the current Castle Argghhh! or find a new one of sufficient size, if the SWWBO, Mistress of Argghhh! will allow me this for furniture...

This is the "Organ of Muskets" at Springfield Armory - this is how muskets were stored after build/rebuild awaiting issue. I want. I want. Too bad it's the only surviving one, so I can't have it.


by John on Feb 20, 2004 | Guns by Nation | Rifles
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February 19, 2004

This reminds me of a story...

The German arms industry, seeing a down market in sales of hardware to their own Army, is getting innovative. Any of you in the business will know that the Marines have been grumping for years about the paucity and relatively small caliber and range of naval gunfire in support of warfare in the littoral regions. The grumping really started with the retirement of the last 8in gun cruisers during Vietnam - as there simply weren't that many battleships. And now even they are gone, leaving just the 5-inch gun. The Navy has experimented with mounting MLRS launcher modules on surface combatants and continues to study the issue.

Rheinmetall has gone one further. They've just mounted the turret of the Panzer Haubitze 2000 onto a frigate.

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Quoting from the brochure:

MONARC: 155mm howitzer system mounted on F124 frigate A whole new dimension in naval firepower

A pioneering concept recently unveiled by a consortium consisting of Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall W&M at the HDW wharf in Kiel looks set to create a whole new dimension in surface combatant firepower.

Known as MONARC (Modular Naval Artillery Concept for Naval Gun Fire), this solution promises to increase the range and effectiveness of ship-mounted artillery and ammunition several times over. As a result, naval units now stand to benefit from the technological edge enjoyed by German industry in the field of heavy-calibre artillery systems for ground forces.

Rather than embarking on an expensive new development programme, it was decided instead to draw on a previously fielded weapons system from the cutting edge of ground forces technology. Developed with HDW acting as lead company, the concept entails mounting the turret and main armament of the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer – the world's most advanced 155mm artillery system – to the deck of a warship.

I think the makers of the AS90 will argue the point. One thing is for sure, with the demise of Crusader, no one in the US is going to argue.

Oh, yeah, the story. That would be the young Field Artillery Lieutenant who observed to the Captain of the USS New Jersey that there was little difference between him and any other commander of a mechanized division artillery - except that once we got to the area, we were more effectively mobile in influencing the land battle than he was.

Sailors don't have a sense of humor.

Hat tip to CAPT H. for the info.

Sorry, Wendell...

I know you did score me that copy of "Once an Eagle," but when something like this falls in my lap... how can I not use it?


This is either:

A. The new "Leopard Lite" for nations which can't afford a chassis.

B. The new "Leopard Hovertank"

C. The new "PionierPanzer Leopard 2A5-XT" with the "X-treme Tunneling" option.

D. A Leo stuck in a deep mudhole.

Take the test!

by John on Feb 19, 2004 | Observations on things Military
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February 18, 2004

A little change of pace...

Okay - in hopes to inspire Mike the Bartender who is a very busy man these days, I offer a mix of militaria.

On the left, a cup-discharged grenade I believe to be Belgian. If anyone can provide more information, and, even better - pictures of the launcher, well, that would be too cool.

For the Bartender at Madfish Willies - a schnapps glass. Recovered from a collapsed german dugout in the Verdun sector. Whether by the heat of the blast, or the pressure it was under while buried - it's slightly deformed, and that dirt on it is resistant to gentle cleaning methods. Any glass restorers with advice on that would be appreciated - whether in the comments or via email. I'm not interested in restoring the shape or polishing it back to a shine - I just want to clean up the dirt a bit.

February 17, 2004

Remember the US tanks mating?

Well, apparently the Brit Ministry of Defense is trying the same thing - except they are looking for a little romance first.

That, or these things are magnetically attracted...


That was a noisy and expensive fender-bender!

Little historical tidbits of the day.


1621 Miles Standish is appointed the first militia commander of
Plymouth - first National Guard unit forms in New England.

1772 1st partition of Poland, by Russia & Prussia, joined later by
Austria - the Germans and Russians practice for 1940.

1864 CSS H.L. Hunley sinks USS Housatonic, and herself: 1st submarine
victory is also the first combat loss.

February 16, 2004

It's nice to see a morale indicator...

...for the other side that shows the pressure is working. And I can't fault Jen's analysis on this - these guys are hoping for a democrat win in November. I just wonder what a Dem will do when he get's the briefs he can't have now. Will they change their tune? Oh, I know we'll bring in the Axis of Weasel - but will they throw it all away - and not finish what is going to be a longer, harder, haul than Dems like for things overseas?

I want! I want!

From Iron Bear at Who Tends The Fires we find this link.


I want one. BTW - did you know that PTRS anti-tank rifles are available now in Germany - but not here? Thanks, Sarah. Sigh. I want one of those, too. But I feel so much safer knowing the SaraHillary BradhyShumerStein is watching over me. I know they will come to my aid if I need it. Well, I'm sure they'll call 911 anyway. Probably to report me, not save me. Hmmm. Better take a happy pill.


Now this is almost as good as getting your ashes shot to the moon...

Now here's a woman who knows her man.

Husband's ashes used for shotgun cartridges By Auslan Cramb (Filed: 16/02/2004)

The widow of an expert on vintage shotguns had her husband's ashes loaded into cartridges and used by friends for the last shoot of the season.

Joanna Booth organised the shoot for 20 close friends on an estate in Aberdeenshire after asking a cartridge company to mix the ashes of her husband James with traditional shot.

A total of 275 12-bore cartridges were produced from the mix and were blessed
by a minister before they were used to bag pheasants, partridges, ducks and a fox on Brucklay Estate.

Mrs Booth, of Streatham, south London, said it was a marvellous day out and her husband would have loved it. "It was not his dying wish, but I remembered that he had read somewhere that someone had had their ashes loaded into cartridges and he thought it was very funny.

"One of our friends, a woman who had never shot before, got four partridges
with James's marked cartridges."

Mr Booth, an independent sporting and vintage gun specialist for Sotheby's in
London, died two years ago, aged 50, after 18 months in a coma following severe food poisoning.

Julian McHardy, of the Caledonian Cartridge Company in Brechin, Angus, said it
was the first request he had received to put ashes in shotgun cartridges. "He was loaded in our Caledonian Classic, a 28 gramme load, No 6 shot with degradable plastic wadding."

Before the first drive, the cartridges were blessed by the Rev Alistair Donald,
the Church of Scotland minister from the nearby village of New Deer, who said he had no qualms. "It was a perfectly normal scattering of ashes, a few words and prayers. After all, he had a lifelong interest in ballistics."

The special cartridges accounted for 70 partridges, 23 pheasants, seven ducks
and a fox on Jan 31.

"After all, he had a lifelong interest in ballistics."

So, what cartridge would you want to be? I think I'd like to get loaded into 75mm blanks that are used to fire the Salute To The Nation at military installations on the Fourth of July.... I don't think they'd let Beth have me loaded into projectiles being fired at Islamofascists for one last shot at the b@st@rds.

Article is here.

by John on Feb 16, 2004 | Gun Rights
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February 15, 2004

Wanna piss me off?

Pick on the wife for being Catholic. Or adopted. Or Irish. Or the daughter of a brewer. You can pick on her for being married to me, because that is a legitimate source of ridicule. Silly woman. Two other women dumped me - mebbe I'm not fixable... but hope springs eternal.

Still not Fonda Jane.

And neither is Michael at The Common Virtue. He's not fonda Kerry either.


One of Dad's Purple Hearts was while flying in an airplane, being shot at by guys like this. I don't mind those guys doing their job - I have not and will not forgive Jane for being there, though. No, not on that day.

This Purple Heart was the one of five that Dad was not able to stop the notification on. It's the one that caused my Mother to stand paralyzed at the door, while 12 year old me got to read it and the Western Union guy just look on helplessly. And yes, I know Dad was generating those kinds of notices for the Other Side. War sucks. People like Fonda just make my blood boil - and no, I'm not interested in defenses of her for her work for women, her tireless striving for fitness, and all the other stuff she's done. I've not seen a Fonda product since China Syndrome and don't care. She can't redeem herself with me. Don't bring up the 'apology', either. Feh.

Whichever direction Jane goes when she shuffle's off this mortal coill, I hope some Vet punches her in the nose. Nope, I'm pretty much a forgive and forget kind of guy about many things. This isn't one of 'em. There will be no beatifications for a St. John of Argghhh!

UPDATE: I realized while reading this some hours later that I was letting my brain outstrip my fingers. My Dad was not shot the day Jane was sitting for this photo - he wasn't in Vietnam at that point (he was there 68-69) - I just had too many thoughts and not enough editorial control while typing!

by John on Feb 15, 2004 | Observations on things Military
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