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  1. They didn't say what to do if you lose one engine on takeoff when your airspeed is below Vmc (Minimum Control Airspeed). Maybe it was different with the P-38, but when I got my light-twin rating, you had to actually reduced power on the good engine, or wind up on your back! Could ruin your whole day!
  2. +1 Read in Jr. High. His radio callsign was "Dog's Body" (for DB or Douglas Bader) What a man! There have been some American airmen who have been allowed to fly despite having lost at least one leg. No doubt, the example of Sir Douglas helped them make their case. Not sure when this program was made, but long enough ago that all are probably gone now. A salute in tribute to them all! And thanks to Subdeacon Joe for allowing us to see the program.
  3. Lest we forget! We must teach our children and grandchildren about Pearl Harbor, as much of the history of this period is being ignored in schools! | | |
  4. Spoil her while you can! They grow up fast, and she might take off for parts unknown...the Moon or Mars, for example!
  5. +1, but it's been about five years, so I don't know if they still have that law now.
  6. I'm getting there. Left eye is getting real fuzzy, and will probably have to be fixed. The right eye also has some cataract, but, so far not as bad. Yeah, it's bad driving at night. I expect to get things corrected sometime after the first of the year. When my accommodation went down in my forties, I had a pair of gray-green safety sun glasses set up to give me sharp focus at about 18", or the rear sight on my M1860 Henry/rear sight of my OM Ruger Vaqueros. This left the front sights and the targets very slightly blurry. Don't know what I'll need after the cat is gone. Not doing too much shooting right now anyway, due to the weather. We'll see...
  7. When I converted mine, there were no replicas available. This goes back a number of years. S&S firearms was offering the centerfire upper breech block, with the striker long enough so you could either go with the firing pin extending out of the face of the block, or could trim it back for inertia mode, which is what I did. Out of respect for its age, I have retired it, with the original rimfire block in place. As far as the conversion process is concerned, S&S suggested the upper block would fit 95% of all original Spencers without modification. It turned out mine was one of the other 5%. This required some filing on the S&S block's rear surface, but NO modification to the original receiver. The bigger headache was making ammo for it, as the original .56-56 cartridge used a heel bullet, which would have been a pain. What I determined was that the original M1860 carbines had tapered bores! At the breech, groove diameter was .545", tapering to .535" at the muzzle. I was able to measure several other M1860 carbines, which verified this fact. Shortening .50-70 brass, and reaming the inside of the cases, plus annealing the brass, I was able to use straight-sided bullets cast from a Lyman #533487AX hollow-base bullet, sized .535", using #2 equivalent alloy, which produced acceptable accuracy out to about 50 yds. An interesting fact about these brass cases with the bullet seated is that the water capacity turned out to be very similar to .45 LC! The Relative Sectional Density (weight divided by the square of the bullet diameter) is virtually identical to a .45-250 bullet! Were one tempted to load smokeless powder, .45 LC loads of 8.0 gr of Unique would, theoretically, produce muzzle velocities of around 850 ft/sec. Using 24.7 gr by weight of Pyrodex P, resulted in an actual MV of 900 ft/sec. Except for the Pyrodex P, with which I never had any corrosion problems when the carbine was cleaned with hot soapy water, I did not use actual BP. As I said, this was about twenty-five years ago. When I got seriously involved with SASS/CAS, I went to a M1860 Henry by Navy Arms in .44-40, and retired the Spencer. An historical note: The .56-.56 Spencer cartridge used the heel bullet. Army ordnance soon went to the .56-.50 (these are all dimensions of the case at the base and the mouth of the case) with an internally-lubed bullet. But Spencer, himself didn't like the design of the military case, so he came up with the .56-52 Spencer cartridge that had a bottleneck to it. Those were sold commercially, but would fit any .56-.50 Spencer carbine or rifle, interchangeably with the military ammo! Sorta like the .244 Remington versus the 6mm Remington. Militarily, the .56-.50 case was lengthened, and changed to an internally-primed central fire cartridge...the .50-70.
  8. That's why when I converted my original .56-56 to central fire, I set it up as an inertial firing pin. But I still would cock, lever, fire. Never had a problem with folks criticizing my speed. I'm even slow with a Henry or M92!
  9. Been years and I only shot an AR-15 that some guy had at a civilian range. Yup! Bang! Zing, zing! I don't recall if I was wearing plugs or muffs, but you could sure hear that spring! I don't worry about the libs taking my AR-15...cause I don't own one. And don't want to! Now hearing something go "ping!" after eight shots don't bother me at all!
  10. Appeared to hit the ground about seven yards or so in front of the shooter before it hit him! Really lucky!
  11. On my Navy Arms M1860 Henry, the cartridge guide tab retracts fully into the receiver when the bolt is open. The head of the cartridge is stopped by the receiver wall. The extractor does project a little from the front of the receiver wall with the bolt fully retracted. I cannot tell from the photos of Sam's rifle if this is the case with his, as the cartridges obscure the view. OTOH, the toggle-link Henry rifle actions do not have a cartridge stop to keep the next round in the magazine from coming out of the magazine. Thus the rifle depends on the round on the lifter to keep the rim of the round in the magazine from catching on the front of the lifter as the lifter moves upward in the receiver when the bolt is opened. So O.A.L of the round on the lifter is important. However... IF the lower edge of the lifter, where the bottom of the rim of the round in the magazine contacts the lifter, is beveled SLIGHTLY, the lifter can push the round back into the magazine enough to clear the vertical forward surface of the lifter as the lifter rises. If the lifter is not beveled at all, there will be a problem. That does NOT mean the O.A.L of the cartridge can be too short. As far as smokeless powder rounds keeping the bullet from backing into the case, see my comments in the other posting on loading for smokeless. The sizing die MUST reduce the diameter of the case BELOW the base of the bullet, forming a "wasp waist" which keeps the bullet from telescoping back into the case. A good roll crimp is desirable, but generally won't prevent telescoping.
  12. Priming compounds were initially mercuric. These were not so hard on the rifling, but would embrittle the cartridge cases when fired. The mercuric primers were later replaced by perchloride material, which turned into potassium perchlorate, a salt which would adsorb water on firing, and, while they wouldn't hurt the cartridge cases, they were hard on the steel rifling unless washed out with some type of bore cleaner pretty quickly. Then the chloride primers were replaced by lead styphnate which was non-mercuric/non-corrosive. More recently, concerns about lead in the environment have been replaced with some other stuff that may not be as good, but won't mess up the "environment"!
  13. Which is why Ol' Iron A$$* told his B-29 crews to remove all but the tail guns, and load up with incendiaries to be dropped from 5,000-8,000 ft. Above Ground Level (AGL), at night! Aircrews thought they were being sent on a suicide mission that low! Turned out they had fewer loses than the daylight missions from 30,000 ft. And they did a number on Tokyo that caused much more damage and casualties than Little Boy or Fat Man did over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. *I had another year's worth of engineering classes, but he came down and swore in my AFROTC buddies who were graduating a year ahead of me!
  14. Hellova place to fight or even exist! At least in Montana, we didn't have to contend with fog, just ground blizzards and way-subzero chill factors! And we had better cold weather gear!
  15. John Brown was captured by a detachment of U.S. Marines, commanded by a colonel...named Robert E. Lee!
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