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Joalland pistol

Manufactured by L. Joalland & Cie in Bourges, France c.mid-1850′s - “Pistolet à aiguille système Joalland pour cartouche en papier” - no serial number.
.40/10mm centerfire paper cartridge, single shot rotating-bolt needle-fire.

A very odd almost retro-futuristic pair of pistol which saw limited production around the 1850-60′s when needle guns were en vogue.

The trigger mechanism is linked to the bolt and rotates 45° to the right, allowing it all to be pulled back to cock the firing mechanism. After the bolt is put back into place, pulling the trigger releases the needle-like firing pin - visible protruding from the bolt face just above - to pierce the paper cartridge and hit its percussion cap, firing the gun.


Galand Mle 1867 needlegun prototype

Manufactured by Charles-François Galand in Paris, France c.1867, a year before he patented his better-known double action revolver.
10mm self-contained paper cartridge, needle fire, single shot, serial number 1.

This elegant pistol had a design similar to that of the Dreyse M1856 wall gun, in that it used an artillery-style breech opening system with a copper obturator. This assured an efficient gas-seal in the barrel.

Jonsa may have their numbers,

their reunion gifs and episodes.

Jonerys may rule the casual readers,

the theories, and HBO.

But Jonrya will always have the books,

Jon’s Smile, and Arya’s kisses.

Jonrya, a ‘skinny little thing’ compared to dragon’s wings,

but the ‘laughter that warms on the ride north’.

Jonrya is Needle hidden among the stones.

Jonrya is the pack, Nymeria and Ghost.

Jonrya is longing family, laughter, and home.


Fusil Modèle 1866

Design and Production

The Mle 1866 was designed in 1863 by French Alsatian gunsmith Antoine Alphonse Chassepot, following an idea he had submitted in 1856 to his employer the Manufacture d’Armes de St-Etienne about the use of a rubber obturator that would produce a gas-seal in the new bolt-action rifles.
Although this new type of breech-loader had only been developed anecdotally in most of the world by people like l’Hermite or Greene, Nikolaus von Dreyse had been working on his Zündnadelgewehr since 1821, and in 1864 and 1866, 23 years after the Prussians adopted the weapon as the Model 1841, this gun changed the way wars were fought by winning Prussia two wars against Denmark and Austria whose armies still used muzzle-loading Minié rifles. Using the self-contained paper cartridge developed by Frenchman Prélat and Schweizer Pauly in Paris during the Napoleonic wars, the Dreyse M1841 could be loaded and fired from a prone position with both accuracy and speed.

Dreyse M1841 needle rifle

France of course understood the need to step up its game immediately, and Chassepot’s rifle was adopted, named after him and issued to all branches of the French army as the Mle 1866 ‘Chassepot’ rifle. Its maker would go on to receive the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest decoration, as well as 30000Fr for his invention.

Produced in every major gun manufacturing centers in France like St-Etienne, Châttelerault, Tulle and Chassepot’s hometown Mutzig in Alsace, as well as in several other countries like by Steyr in Austria, the Mle 1866 was widely available by 1870. Older Minié P1851 were converted using the Tabatière système so they could be breech-loaded with metal-and-cardboard centerfire cartridge - this was necessary to provide a sufficient gas-seal, however their ballistic properties were very inferior to that of a Chassepot.

Tabatière (snuffbox) conversion close-up

On the 3rd of November 1867, the Mle 1866 ‘Chassepot’ makes its first appearance on the battlefield, protecting the pope against the troops of Giuseppe Garibaldi and cutting his troops to ribbons. The extreme velocity of the 11mm (.43) caliber 25g (0.88 ounce/385 grains) bullets inflicted even more devastating wounds than the Minié bullets ever did, far from the smaller calibers introduced at the end of the century. In the French parliament, it’s reported that « Les chassepots ont fait merveille  », and the Swiss guard cleaning corp mops up the mess. Garibaldi would go on as a military commander in the Franco-Prussian war three years later through a series of what I can only assume were wacky misunderstandings.

Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, battle of Gravelotte


The booming cigarette paper industry in France meant that there was no shortage of material to make munition for the French Chassepot on the eve of war, which was actually one of his main selling point, as Snider-Enfield rifles and similar guns’ metallic cartridges were more expensive to manufacture for lesser or about equal ballistic properties. Things looked good for the Chassepot, and if not for the overwhelming superiority of Prussia’s Krupp artillery, it would have definitely be the decisive weapon in this decisive war for both countries. Of course Germany won and the Second French Empire lost, and Alsace was the reason France jumped in WW1 43 years later (you can quote other official reasons too but trust me that’s the actual one).
The antiquated Dreyse, although upgraded several time, was still no match for the French rifle. It was plagued by several key features ; the percussion cap of its cartridges was seated deep inside the powder charge at the base of the bullet, in an effort to optimize the barrel’s resistance to fouling, meaning the needle was constantly corroded and blew up after less than 100 shots, requiring field stripping the gun after prolongated fire ; the gas seal was poor in the best cases and inexistent in most, resulting in German soldiers being unable to aim down their guns and resorting to hip fire for most of the conflict, else they burn their amazing moustaches off ; it simply wasn’t as good as the Chassepot.
The Mle 1866 on the other hand had double the effective range due to the gas seal allowing for higher pressure in the chamber and thus more velocity and a flatter trajectory for the bullet. This was a slight trade off as the rubber gas-seal had to be changed every 80 or so shots, a process however that took less than a minute. Fouling was also an issue, but rarely to the point of impairing the gun’s performance in a single battle. It’s to be noted that these gas issues were all solved with the adoption of metallic cartridges and a diet rich in fiber a bit later in history.

Mle 1874 Gras rifle with gravity-fed magazine modification

This weapon thus marked one of the first step toward the trend of massive firepower that would confirm itself during WW1, with an accurate, fast-loading rifle that slowly spelled the doom of lined battles. It would went on as the Gras 1866/74 using a 11mm metallic cartridge, serving up to WW1 in border units and attaining notoriety under this name within the Greek resistance up to WW2.
That’s also my favorite gun ever -bounces
I never did know how to end an article. I wrote all that shit from memory with help from Wikipedia for dates and stuff. Have some additional pics.

the Mle 1874 and Mle 1866/74 Gras were identical in everything but their origin.

a Chassepot bayonet, with the distinctive yatagan double-curvature

a Gras bayonet


#133.57 -  Eevee’s unstable genetic makeup allows for this Pokemon to adapt to its environment by altering the composition of its body. If an Eevee lives in the frigid cold, it will adapt by gaining an acute control over its body heat - as well as a resistance to the freezing temperatures. These Eevee will grow a very fine layer of fur, which can be frozen into needle-like spikes and fired off at will. However, Eevee are not often native to colder areas, and it is very rare to sight to see a Glaceon in the wild.

Names: Eevee - Frosteon - Glaceon

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Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell’s grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan’s stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow’s smile.


My friends and I were inspired by @punziella‘s Ozai’s Angels fanart and we put together a cosplay version for Ikkicon this year! 

props to @renfamous for orchestrating our Fire Nation Girl Gang. It was super cold the day that we wore these, so we had to make some modifications :’D

featuring @renfamous as Azula, @peonylang as Mai, and myself as Ty Lee.


(For my fellow artists out there)

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1. Rope intestines
2. Torture
3. Disease
4. Insane
5. Teke Teke
6. Burned
7. Blades
8. Stitches
9. Painful transformation
10. Two faced
11. Sacrificed
12. Doll/puppet
13. Surgery
14. Possessed
15. Visible bones
16. Eaten alive
17. Chained
18. Kuchisake-onna
19. Computer glitch/ virus
20. Serial killer
21. Demon form
22. Large slashes
23. Decay
24. Kidnapped/ hostage
25. Eye trauma
26. Needles
27. With/ in fire
28. Buried alive
29. Zombie
30. Blood spill
31. Ripped apart

Dreyse M1862 Needle Carbine

Manufactured in Sömmerda, German Empire c.1864.
15mm paper cartridges, bolt action.

One of the half a dozen models of needleguns in Dreyse’s successful military rifles series, they were capable of firing near to five times faster than any of the muzzle-loaders that equipped most armies at the time.
However the problem of sealing gas inside the weapon in bolt action rifles wouldn’t be ‘solved’ - with a rubber band, hence the quotation marks - until 1863 with the Mle 1866 rifle designed by French gunsmith A.A. Chassepot, and thus these Dreyse rifles were notoriously dangerous to aim, leading to many soldiers from various German states to only fire the gun from the hip, limiting its effectiveness. It was however a major step-up from Minié rifles in terms of firepower and marks with the Gatling gun one of the first step toward the change in battle tactics that would culminate in WW1.

Dreyse M1841 Needle Rifle


“Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell’s grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan’s stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow’s smile.”

-Arya II, A Feast for Crows


Inktober 2017, Day 1 - Swift

“All that Syrio Forel had taught her went racing through her head. Swift as a deer. Quiet as shadow. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Quick as a snake. Calm as still water. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Strong as a bear. Fierce as a wolverine. Fear cuts deeper than swords. The man who fears losing has already lost. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Fear cuts deeper than swords.” 

Arya Stark is my all-time favourite! I hope you enjoy it :) 


Mle 1866 Chassepot

Manufactured in 1868 at the imperial workshop in Mutzig, France, serial number D87932.
11mm paper cartridges, 25 gram lead bullet, needlefire.

Mutzig was Antoine Chassepot’s hometown, who was the designer of the Chassepot rifle. It was France’s service rifle from 1866 to 1874 when it was replaced by its metallic cartridge upgrade, the Gras rifle.
Also that’s what mirror polish looks on an old rifle :v