Incendiary Image of the Day: Valentine’s Edition by Dan Zimmerman | Feb 14, 2012 | 5 comments facebook twitter linkedin email Snap it? 1930s/1040s era valentine courtesy vintagevalentinemuseum.com. comments Charles says: February 14, 2012 at 09:57 “Snap it?” I guess “Torpedo it!” was too cumbersome… or something. Reply Henry Bowman says: February 14, 2012 at 10:16 Awesome! Reply Tim says: February 14, 2012 at 10:36 ” 1930s/1040s era valentine courtesy” – Is it tax time already? Reply Tim McNabb says: February 14, 2012 at 11:01 I think a torpedo that is fired quickly is called a “snap-shot”. From Wikipedia: In submarines, a snap shot is a torpedo fired rapidly back down the bearing of an incoming torpedo, without taking the time to set up a fire control solution. So, the valentine is inviting the recipient to give themselves over without thinking too much! Typical sailors… Reply Don says: February 14, 2012 at 14:17 I don’t really have a great idea of what “Snap It” means here, but in handgun field manuals (for M1911A1 FM 23-35, 1940), to “snap” a handgun was parlance for dry firing it. “Snapping” was recommended as trigger control practice. pg 11-12: “The hammer should not be snapped when the pistol is partially disassembled.” pg 25: “c. Always point the pistol up when snapping it after examination. Keep the hammer fully down when the pistol is not loaded.” “d. Never place the finger within the trigger guard until you intend to fire or to snap for practice.” “e. Never point the, pistol at anyone you do not intend, to shoot, nor in a, direction where an accidental discharge may do harm. On the range, do not snap for practice while standing back of the firing line.” Other places in this manual refer to executing maneuvers and exercises “with snap”, indicating “act with speed and precision”, but assuming this usage the directive “snap it” doesn’t make sense. My guess is that “snap it” on this card is a euphemism for an intimate act. “fiddle with my gun”, etc. http://www.scribd.com/doc/31247192/FM-23-35-Automatic-Pistol-Caliber-45-M1911-and-M1911A1-1940 An interesting tangent, Chapter 4 of FM 23-35 1940 provides instruction on proper use of the M1911A1 while riding a horse. -D Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.