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  1. I didn't know he was....oh, never mind!
  2. Hear the whistle blow! Hear the whistle blow! Clickity-clack! Clickity-clack! The wheels all sing with the railroad track, If ya go, ya can't come back!
  3. Gonna all be replaced with additive manufacturing (3D manufacturing)! Just get me a ton of steel wool and knit a stove. Or a rocket engine...
  4. Well, my comments were simply to inform. I own neither of the reproductions, so am impartial. Either way, enjoy!
  5. Japan had its own program to develop nuclear weapons. Due to our bombing, they shifted their facilities to the Chosin Reservoir in Korea. When the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, the head the Japanese nuclear program knew exactly what it was! I have seen various opinions written as to when the Japanese might have had an actual bomb or at least a radiological weapon that could have been used against our invading forces...it could have been as soon as six months! In point of fact Nazi Germany had sent a submarine headed to Japan (or Korea) with uranium oxide and a disassembled Me-262. when Germany surrendered, and Adm. Doenitz ordered all his subs to surface and surrender to the nearest allied ship! I do NOT know how much technology the Russians might have picked up from the Japanese program, but they certainly would have had access to the Korean facilities, in addition to whatever Klaus Fuchs and other spies inside our own Manhattan Project might have given them, plus what their own scientists were able to develop in producing their first nuke.
  6. Because S&W created this so-called Schofield in 2000, I imagine some folks might have termed it a "Third Model Schofield". This gun was supposed to be a complete replica of the original. I was at the SHOT Show when the gun was introduced. As a matter of fact, I even talked with Roy Jinks, the expert on S&W revolvers. Mr. Jinks told me that S&W had used one of his originals to create the Model 2000. Unfortunately, the 2000 is NOT an exact replica of the original! You see, the cylinder of the originals were long enough to acommodate the ".45 Revolver Ball" government cartridge, but not long enough for the .45 LC. The length of the frame on the originals was long enough for the Colt, and to span the gap between the shorter cylinder and the forcing cone, the breech end of the barrel was brought back to meet the front of the cylinder. This arrangement made it okay with black powder cartridges, smokeless not having been developed yet. When Uberti, et al, brought out their replicas of the Schofield, they wanted their guns able to take the longer cartridge, so they kept the length of the original frame, but they lengthened the cylinder and shortened the rear of the barrel. "Unfortunately", this did not make it really suitable for BP. Apparently S&W was concerned about people hopping up the loads of smokeless powder if they made their M2000 capable of handling the .45 LC. So, they shortened the frame to prevent a longer cylinder from being installed in the gun. But the result made the M2000 not handle BP very well. Apparently, again, that limited the desirability of Smith's gun, versus the Italian replicas. I'm not sure when S&W discontinued their gun, but I'd bet not handling either the .45 LC or BP had something to do with it. I've heard that some folks with the Uberti models can get them to work with BP.
  7. Clu has gone over! Remember him best on "The Virginian". RIP!
  8. On the original show, the paramedics had to call into the ER to get permission to start an IV. Nowadays, most places that isn't necessary, and the PM/EMT's can do a lot of other things almost automatically. The telemetry that allows the ER docs to check heart beats came from the space program, back when they wanted to monitor the vitals of high altitude balloon riders and the Mercury astronauts.
  9. I am NOT an expert, but I have heard that placing someone infected with tetanus in a hyperbaric chamber MAY help the victim pull thru. Get you shots just in case you can't get near such a device!
  10. The ten year tetanus booster is a basic preventative. However, puncture wounds can cause the entrance of the tetanus germs, and a puncture would, such as a nail tends to close up fairly quickly, trapping whatever bug is present. Tetanus is more prevalent where animals are, especially including, but not limited to horses and cattle. During the Civil War more casualties resulted in death than the bullet wounds outright, especially in the Eastern theaters where farms were more in existence. The best advice is, if you are not sure, consult your doctor about whether a booster or anti-toxin shot is recommended. DON'T GUESS!
  11. Sadly, we lost Ol' Bax a few days ago. Though there are undoubtedly creative cowboy poets, when Bax came along, they broke the mould! No doubt he's up There somewhere making Charlie Russell, Will Rogers and their pards laugh til they cry. I nearly passed out from laughing the first time I heard him recite, "Shoeing Pigeye". RIP, Bax!
  12. The funny-looking tail was the type found on the earlier B-models. Those planes had a "bathtub" for the belly guns, and the waist positions originally were faired over. I don't believe they had a tail gun, at least until some enterprising crewmen installed one. The bathtub proved not very effective, and was replaced by the more familiar ball turret. The waist positions were opened up and .50 cal BMG's installed. The tail was modified to the more familiar configuration shown in most of the movies. When bombers encountered real problems with frontal attacks by Luftwaffe fighters, a remote control chin turret with a pair of .50's was added making the "G" model. Shame the original Swoose hasn't been completely restored.
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