Gun Meme of the Day: Period Correct Edition

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1911 guys are allowed to hook up directly to the gas line for the street lamps.

 

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    • Hmm… Seeing as how about 3-1/2 decades earlier Sam Colt designed the grip frame that would go on to become that of the Colt SAA (aka Peacemaker) specifically for single handed fire by calvary soldiers… that would leave one hand free to hold, I don’t know, maybe a tactical flashlight…

  1. Hmm. It appears early weapons lights didn’t have much range or luminosity.
    I just bought another 1873 today–with Covid disruptions, they are scarcer than hen’s teeth. Did you know that a 45 Colt packed full with 40 grains of black powder will light up a whole room (if only briefly)?

    • “Did you know that a 45 Colt packed full with 40 grains of black powder will light up a whole room (if only briefly)?”

      You had an ND while fooling with your new revolver? 🙂

      (I do wonder though, does a millisecond of muzzle-flash ruin night vision?)

      • Depends on vision of the person, made it harder to see as far for me and others in my old unit couldn’t see the targets at all on night qual. Granted this was with M-4 and M9 so I would imagine a bit less flash than black powder with a cylinder gap.

  2. How does one connect a 1911 to a PLASTIC gas line, I wonder… Does it only connect to the steel ones? Sorry, I couldn’t resist!

  3. My Shofield sports a brass carbide miner’s lamp for low-light shooting. Polish the reflector, a bit of spit in the carbide, roll the striker and bright white acetylene flame illuminates the perp…fast, bright and directional.

      • True calcium carbide story, GF –

        Years ago I was given a quart can of cal. carbide by someone moving from the area. The can was showing signs of a bit of rust, so I transferred the contents into a quart wide-mouth poly-polypropylene Nalgene bottle to keep it dry and put it in my “garage box” in my laundry room and promptly forgot all about it.

        …until my clothes dryer caught fire. The Fire Marshall investigating the cause of the fire (clothes dryers catching fire are the number 1 cause of house fires, I learned from him) asked me what I kept in that laundry room, it was burning so bright. Then I remembered the garage box. So I told him a box with stuff usually found in a garage (true, spray cans, thinner, solvents, flammable stuff like that was in that box) so he filled out his report. I can only imagine that bottle melting in the fire, and that fire hose nailing it with water and all that flammable acetylene gas evolving off to feed that fire.

        It was ‘teachable moment’ for me. It is an official Martha Stewart “Good Thing” to keep flammable things low to the ground when storing them…

        • We used to fish with carbide in a fruit jar, tie a rock or brick to the fruit jar, add carbide, water, screw the lid on tight and pitch it quick.

        • I have an old carbide/acetylene miner’s head lamp. Little can for the carbide with an attached dripper can for water. I got some cal carbide to test it out and, it works but, I couldn’t bring myself to attach a hand grenade to my forehead.

    • I was thinking carbide too. Only other item needed to finish out your old time night rig is a firefly for your front sight.

  4. Hmm… Seeing as how about 3-1/2 decades earlier Sam Colt designed the grip frame that would go on to become that of the Colt SAA (aka Peacemaker) specifically for single handed fire by calvary soldiers… that would leave one hand free to hold, I don’t know, maybe a tactical flashlight…

    • *Snicker*.

      You know, jwm, if I were a prosecutor, I might start thinking Baldwin is not acting very innocent with his delay tactics on turning over his phone to the DA, and I might start digging a little deeper to see what I could find…

    • You beat me to it! Did you notice the hammer is cocked? I was going to say,
      “This is how Alec Baldwin carries his lantern when getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, only to find his wife sitting on the toilet and then OOPS, another ND.”

  5. A tin pie plate wired to the back side of the kerosene latern.
    Kerosene lanterns are the ultimate self defense light, there he is and chuck the lantern at him, splish splash I was taking a bath.
    .
    For years when flathead fishing at night that’s what I used, that soft glow that barely reaches the waters edge dont spook them as much when their close to the bank. Then I got sophisticated and now use a red LED, that’s even better and you dont get the bugs around the light. That bright blue is hell for attracting bugs, and I dont use bug spray on account of it getting on my bait and tackle.
    I’m real picky, you can visit all you want but no bank stomping, banging around in a cooler or cracking limbs for a fire. Most people only go fishing with me once anyway. I take them to a spot, get them set up like a nice guy, go back to get my gear then drive off and leave them setting. They dont know what there doing anyway and I ain’t giving up my secrets or my fishing spots.

    • Two thumbs up possum. Good fishing spots are hard to find/keep these days, the age of selfies. I’ve seen posted pics of nice fish on plain grass, bare concrete, etc. one day, and then the next, read about 40 guys elbow to elbow in that spot beating the water to a froth, with no mention of where it was. Just a photo of fish on the ground. Makes me want to spit & cuss, just thinking about it.

      • Scrub the EXIF data in your photos before posting them. Almost all phone images contain Lat / Long info as well as Date, Time and camera settings.

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