American West

McHanzo is Garbo, details below

So hit me with the discourse rn, I think mchanzo is a garbage ship because the only thing that those two characters have in common is that they’re both ex-criminals, and although there is a small chance that Hanzo might wander to the American South West for whatever reason (given that he is a wanderer during the time that overwatch is taking place) I’m not sure that they would get along super well but that’s more subjective on my part than it is based in the lore like my former point

I don’t mind that people wanna see buff guys fuck but why Hanzo and McCree rather than a ship that has wayyyy more potential dialogue like McCree and pre-Reaper Reyes? I’ve heard that the time period in which McCree would have been recruited into blackwatch would have made an awkward or uncomfortable age difference between Reyes and McCree, but if we’re saying that was 15 years before the dissolution of overwatch then McCree still would have been at least 22 when he met Reyes (though Reyes’ age at the time is hard to place a finger on since the wiki doesn’t give us an age for Reaper or Jack)

tl;dr McHanzo is shit, Gabriel x McCree has way more potential, please tell me why I’m wrong

This was my miniature piece for the Masters of the American West exhibition at the Autry Museum earlier this year. 10"x8" oil on linen @theautry (at Malibu Canyon, Calabasas)

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Take a look at these incredibly tiny illustrations of the American West by California-based artist Sam Larson. Now go grab a penny and then look at the drawings again to really appreciate just how small they are. Our favorite piece is the Bigfoot scene. That may be the tiniest Sasquatch we’ve ever seen.

Larson posts all of his marvelous miniature illustrations on his Instagram account. Follow him there to see more.

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The first thing you notice about Zion is the sheer scale of things. Wide rock faces stand like sentinels, and guard the cavernous amphitheaters that ring with echoes like the halls of great cathedrals. Our aim was to find a perch on the top of Angels Landing for sunset, so we wound our way up the switchbacks, ever higher, and pulled ourselves hand over hand along the chain that hugged the ridge-line. At the top, a breeze blew gently by us and the clouds popped with color thrown by the last breaths of the fading sun. We hiked back down through the muted tones of dusk, and though we could have spent days in Zion, we sped off to Salt Lake, in a race against the break of day.

Photography by Dave Krugman.

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Registration is now open for the next #ArchivesSleepover! Join us for “History, Heroes, and Treasures: Explorers Night” on August 2 at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.

Campers will journey to the Arctic, visit Outer Space, and discover the American West as they explore the National Archives Museum’s treasured records, before turning in to sleep in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, next to the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

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Every couple of months, 68-year-old Ed Zevely rides into the Colorado high country to camp for weeks at a time—and he does it completely alone.

Through thunderstorms, open meadows and treacherous passes, he finds his own patch of serenity. Watch “Open Door to Solitude” now and truly understand the difference between loneliness and solitude.


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The American West Dries Up

“Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown stood on a dry, bare hillside in the Sierra Nevada mountains, which would normally be deep under snow at this time of year, and announced an executive order aimed at dramatically reducing water usage statewide. The severity of the drought, now entering its fourth year, has already reached record levels in many places in California and across the West. Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Utah-Arizona border, is currently at 45 percent of capacity and is at risk of reaching the lowest level on record by September. California’s snowpack, which generally provides about a third of the state’s water, is already at its lowest level on record. Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan traveled to lakes and reservoirs in California, Utah, and Arizona to capture the following scenes of an increasingly waterless West.”


@countrypolitan’s Westward Odyssey from Casting Director to Cattle Rancher

To see more photos of Jean Laughton’s ranching life, follow @countrypolitan on Instagram.

Jean Laughton (@countrypolitan) is a full-time cattle rancher on the South Dakota prairie. She lives simply in a Scotty camper on her land and spends most of her days settled into stirrups and a leather saddle, astride her favorite horse, Beau. Her photographs of ranching life belie, however, how much her world has changed in the past decade. In her former life, Jean was a casting director living in New York City, who had a passion for westward excursions to photograph the eccentric characters of the American West. Now she’s living the life of the subjects she once documented. “I never really had a plan to ranch — it just kind of happened by chance and through my photography,” Jean says. “It is almost like I am not really a photographer but I use photography to lead me through life.”


The First Colt Single Action Army

In 1872, Colt produced a run of three sample pistols for testing and examination by the US Army.  The revolver seen above is Serial Number #1, the first production model Colt Single Action Army ever manufactured.  The pistol was The US Army’s first service revolver to use a metallic cartridge, the .45 Colt centrefire.  The pistol was based on the designs and improvements of William Mason and Charles Brinckerhoff Richards and following US Army trials it was adopted as the M1873 in two barrel lengths; the Army/Cavalry model with a 7½ inch barrel - as seen in Serial Number #1, and a shorter Artillery model with a 5½ barrel.  

The success of the military models led to production of the civilian Peacemaker and later in 1877 the Frontier models which became some of the most popular pistols of the period and have gone on to become iconic revolvers.

Interestingly Serial Number #1 isn’t chambered in the proprietary .45 Colt cartridge with which it became famous, but Smith & Wesson’s .44 roundthe only Single Action Army ever to chambered in its rival calibre. The Single Action Army became extremely popular allowing Colt to rival Smith & Wesson.  The pistol became iconic and remained in almost continuous production for an astonishing 130 years before a brief gap in production during World War Two.

The other revolvers from the original run of sample pistols have long been lost,  Serial Number #1 was also thought lost until it was discovered in a barn in Nashua, New Hampshire. The monetary value of the pistol is difficult to estimate as it is even rarer than the highly sort after original service pistols which can command up to $10,000.  The pistol is currently part of the Autry National Center of the American West’s collection in Los Angeles.

Source - Autry National Cente,

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