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    Although the Martin B-26 Marauder did not make its first flight until Nov. 25, 1940, its design showed such promise that the Air Corps ordered 1,131 B-26s in September 1940. The B-26 began flying combat missions in the Southwest Pacific in the spring of 1942, but most were subsequently assigned to Europe and the Mediterranean.


    In 1945, when B-26 production was halted, 5,266 had been built. The Marauder on display was flown in combat by the Free French during the final months of WWII. It was obtained from the Air France airline's training school near Paris in June 1965. It is painted as a 9th Air Force B-26B assigned to the 387th Bomb Group in 1945.



    Armament: 11.50-cal. machine guns; 4,000 lbs. of bombs

    Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800s of 2,000 hp each

    Maximum speed: 285 mph

    Cruising speed: 190 mph

    Range: 1,100 miles

    Ceiling: 19,800 ft.

    Span: 71 ft.

    Length: 58 ft. 6 in.

    Height: 20 ft. 3 in.

    Weight: 37,000 lbs. loaded



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  2. 1 hour ago, Blackwater 53393 said:

    MOODIES did a BUNCH  of great songs!!!  Lots of orchestration and sublime arrangements!!


    They even did a song about ME!! :lol:





    You betchem!  Lazy Afternoon, Rainy Tuesday, The Dream, Tuesday Afternoon....
    I think one of the most underappreciated groups of that era.  And if you ask 100 people to name one of their songs, 98.5 will only be able to name "Nights in White Satin."


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    Ritchson didn’t mince words when discussing the Catholic Church, either. "It's worth saying that the atrocities that are happening in the church that are being actively covered up, even to this day with people not being held accountable, is repulsive," he said. "I can't for one second support the Catholic Church while there are still cardinals, bishops and priests being passed around with known pedophilic tendencies."



    WOW!  Now I want to hear what he has to say about the "pedophilic tendencies" that are so deeply embedded in the school industry.  And so much worse than abuse by clergy of any sect.   About 15 years ago I did some digging and found that across the boards abuse by clergy is at around 2%, compared to about 1% to 1.5% in the overall population.  School industry is about 5%.  

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  4. Funny how everyone of that persuasion knows that "Trump is a rapist" yet there has never been a conviction, or even a credible accusation.  And, of course he is a conman of sorts....all businessmen are.

    So are all politicians.  

    Since I haven't watched it, other than clips on YouTube, it wouldn't mean anything for me to boycott the show.  But people do need to write to whatever service it's on to let them know, also the producers and any sponsors.

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  5. An interesting page




    1706581082 882 JAPANESE SMALL ARMS


    1706581083 70 JAPANESE SMALL ARMS


    In December 1941 the typical Japanese foot soldier carried a 6.5mm Arisaka Type 38 bolt-action rifle. Arisaka’s bureau had copied this rifle more or less exactly from the 1898 Mauser, except for the use of the smaller calibre, their one major contribution to the design being the addition of a sliding metal bolt cover. Intended to keep dirt out of the mechanism, this was not a successful innovation, as the cover made a great deal of noise when the bolt was operated, and the Japanese soldiers tended to discard it in the field whenever possible. The Arisaka was known neither for its power nor its reliability, as declining standards of manufacture resulted in a slow, sticky action and other maladies. It used a five-shot charger clip, like virtually all straight Mauser designs (ironically, the US soldiers and Marines who opposed the Japanese throughout the first year of the Pacific war were almost all armed with their own straight copy of the 1898 Mauser, the ’03 Springfield, which did however fire a much more powerful .30-06 cartridge). The smaller calibre employed made for no real savings in length or weight, as the Arisaka weighed in at over nine and a half pounds. A sniper version, known as the Type 97, was also made in small numbers, fitted with a low-powered scope sight.

    The limitations in range and hitting power resulting from the 6.5mm ammunition were supposedly noted during the China campaign, with the result that a new variant, the Type 99, was introduced in 1939. It was pretty much the old Arisaka, with one major difference. The Type 99 was chambered to fire a much more potent 7.7mm cartridge, which had in the initial stages of its design been copied directly from the British .303-inch round, which the Japanese were already using in some of their machineguns. Another distinguishing feature was a thin metal rod which fitted under the barrel, and could be extended to brace the rifle against the ground like a flimsy monopod. Otherwise there was not much difference between the Type 99 and the earlier rifle. The new Type 99 did not really get into service in large numbers until the second half of the war, 1942 or later, although by 1944 it was the main rifle in the hands of the troops facing the Americans in the Marianas and the Philippines, and was also being encountered frequently by the British in Burma. But the older 6.5mm Arisaka remained in widespread service until very late in the conflict, and was never completely replaced. The smaller rifle had one advantage in jungle combat, and that was its relatively limited report and muzzle flash (and the Japanese had a pretty good smokeless powder, at least until manufacturing went down the tubes late in the war) made it harder to locate the source of its fire in heavy foliage. Also, the shorter ranges of the average combat in the close cover of the jungle disguised one of the 6.5mm Arisaka’s greatest shortcomings, its lack of range, as the weapon was still capable of being plenty dangerous out to at a quarter mile or so (440 yds or 400 meters), which was the maximum for most serious infantry combat in World War II at any rate. But the greater punch of the 7.7mm not only resulted in better stopping power, but also could make a difference in shooting through all that foliage with lethal effect.



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  6. 1 hour ago, J-BAR #18287 said:

    Geez, I wear socks to bed!



    That's weird.

    When I went in for the, ah, rear view camera testing,  I tired to leave off the little socks they gave me.  I kept pushing them off, the staff kept putting them back on me.  

  7. 13 hours ago, Alpo said:

    But she's doing it wrong.




    I remember reading one time about some old cowboy who made a bet as to whether he could shoot the head off a chicken at 50 yards.


    So he draws his ole thumb buster, and cradled it very similar to the way she has it. But instead of his hand resting on his elbow he had the trigger guard resting on his elbow.


    The cylinder gap flash set his shirt sleeve on fire. And the recoil flipped the gun back far enough that the front sight stabbed him in the forehead. But he shot the head off the chicken.



    Here's the photo from which that was cropped:


    She's not gripping her elbow. She's not grabbing her shoulder.  That arm is just floating there.  When you see this stance in movies the gun hand will be over the middle of the forearm, with that support arm just floating in the air.

    As I wrote, it must be a Hollywood thing.


    I agree that IF you can lock up that supporting arm by grabbing the opposite elbow, shoulder, etc. you will have a more stable platform than classic Bullseye stance.  Maybe.  Some of those Bullseye shooters are rock steady.  And the Olympic shooters are like robots.  


  8. 54 minutes ago, Alpo said:

    It's not unsupported. If you're doing it correctly, your left hand is in your right elbow. So your right arm is helping to support your left arm. It's not as steady as a bench, but it is steadier than just sticking your right hand out there.


    But you really need to think about what gun you're going to use. You don't want to revolver, because of the gap flash. You don't want something with a heavy recoil because you don't want to get hit in the face. You don't want to automatic because you don't want the slide hitting you in the nose.


    Your best bet for that position would be something like a mild recoiling single shot. A Contender in 22 magnum. Something like that.



    Must be a Hollywood thing.  Every time I see it in the movies the left arm is out, unsupported, just bent at the elbow and floating there, and the gun hand is braced on it, or at least the right forearm is braced on it.  Never seen it in real life.

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