hands of victory

She’s off.


Day 19: an if-it-weren’t-for-theslap moment
Jade with Tots (and Beck), because it’s just what we needed after the drought that was Season 2

Hi guys
It’s with a very heavy heart that I have to announce the following:
1) The Toh Kay album “The Hand That Thieves” has been canceled for the foreseeable future. More details will come to light in the coming days.
2) Due to Victory Records refusal to send us copies of our own new album, there will be another delay in our ability to deliver preorders on time. We hoped to find a compromise with them, up until the bitter end; unfortunately, it just wasn’t possible.

We ask you to once more be patient: we’re working around the clock to find a solution to our gigantic nightmare of a problem. We will be able to fulfill all orders soon, and we maintain that the only way to buy the album without all of the money going to Victory Records (which ironically funds their legal efforts against us) is via the RISC Store. 

Thank you for your support during our dark and trying times. We stood up against the largest, meanest, most despised bully in the schoolyard and now we have to face the consequences. Hopefully you’ll stand with us and we can get through this in one piece.

There will be much more information available in the next few days. Thanks.


Day 23: a first you would’ve liked to have seen
Beck, Jade, and the first time he held her hand

It happened.  We were given a release date when a hand reached up from the depths of hell with a piece of paper, upon which was scribbled “APRIL 30th”  Now upon reading that you must keep a few things in mind:

Even though the album is now set for release, through Victory Records, if you enjoy the music and the band the best way to support us is to purchase the album from The Risc Store  (www.riscstore.com) or from us directly at shows. Unfortunately, this is the only way we can insure the band actually makes money from our own music. The Risc Store works directly with Streetlight Manifesto to keep costs down and work with you to make sure you’re happy. The Risc Store also has exclusive designs for all Streetlight Manifesto and Toh Kay merchandise.

A lot of work has gone into creating this record and now a lot more work has gone into releasing it.  For those of you who have already pre-ordered the record, thank you for your support and your patience.  We are releasing another sample to further assure you that the album you’ve pre-ordered exists.  We will be releasing more samples and announcements in the coming days and weeks.  Keep your eyes and ears firmly pressed against your computer, phone, or both. 

I wish I could convey how lucky we are to have such loyal and supportive fans in a way that felt genuine - but I can’t so how about this  :::nods head - raises glass::: 

- Streetlight Manifesto

Here is the newest audio sample: 


What’s a kingdom?

It starts with the world,
and a war,
always a war,
always strife, always destruction,
always grief,
on the battlefield where love and life waste.
where the earth shakes under your feet and starts to crumble.
where you wish it would crack and swallow you up.
it doesn’t,
but your heart does.

and then you’re on the edge of the world,
and you’re holding everything you’ve been fighting for in your hands.
you hold victory,
you hold triumph,
you hold glory,
and you’re standing tall and proud and strong,
but then suddenly,
your shoulders bow.
you see the world on your back,
you’re screaming,
and you realise people aren’t just people-
they’re loss,
they’re pain,
they’re breaking.

What’s a kingdom?
you’ve conquered one,
now it’s time to carry it.

—  Atlas, do you think only the gods matter? v.g

Smith & Wesson Model 10

The Smith & Wesson Model 10 has been in production since 1899 when it was introduced as the Smith & Wesson .38 Hand Ejector Model of 1899.  Since then it has had half a dozen different designations including Smith & Wesson Military & Police (originating the line of guns still offered today by Smith & Wesson), the Smith & Wesson Victory Model and when in service with the British Army the Smith & Wesson No.2 Revolver

The Model 10 has a six-round cylinder with barrel lengths ranging from two to six inches long.  It can be fired either double or single action and was initially chambered in .38 Long Colt before.38 S&W Special which was developed in response to the military’s reports that the standard .38 Long Colt cartridge chambered in the earlier Smith & Wesson M1896 & M1899s and the Colt M1892 was underpowered.   The Model 10 went through a series of improvements between 1900 and 1915 with work on the grips, sights, lock work and the addition of an underlug beneath the barrel that engaged with the previously free-standing ejector rod - a feature not found on the Colt M1892.

The revolver was widely adopted by American police forces between 1900 and 1960.  It was issued to US troops during both World Wars with a Victory Model being produced between early 1942 and 1944.  The .38 Special chambered revolvers were primarily issued to US Aircrews and military police.  Nearly one million revolvers were given to Allied nations including Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada through the Lend-Lease program. The British revolvers were chambered to fire the standard .380 service round and designated the Pistol, Revolver .38 Smith & Wesson No.2 (.38/200) it remained in use into the 1950s.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 with a 2-inch ‘snub nose’ barrel (source)

After the end of the Second World War the the Model 10 came to dominate the police pistol market.  The Model 10 and other Smith & Wesson revolvers, were the most popular police pistol not just in the US but around the world with British, Irish, Austrian, Burmese, Canadian and many other countries police forces using them.  The 4-inch barrel Model 10 were predominantly issued as primary side arms while the smaller 2-inch barrel ‘snub nose’ revolvers made excellent backup guns.  In 1970 Smith & Wesson launched the Model 64 which was in essence a Model 10 in stainless steel.   The Model 10 and 64 continue to be produced by Smith & Wesson and both are offered in a 4-inch barrel configuration.  


Smith & Wesson M&P Victory Model c.1942 (source)

Currently produced Smith & Wesson Model 10 (source)

Military Small Arms of the 20th Century, I.V. Hogg & J. Weeks (1985)

Pistols of the World, I.V. Hogg & J. Weeks (1992)