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Colt-Browning M1895/14 machine gun

Designed by John M. Browning c.1889-95 and made by Colt Manufacturing Co. c.WW1.
.30-06 caliber, belt-fed, lever-actuated gas-operated automatic fire, air-cooled finned barrel.

An early machine gun design, and a sexy one at that. The Colt-Browning “potato digger” was the first reliable gas-operated rapid-fire gun to see military service, starting in the Spanish-American war.
This make the US Navy the earliest example of armed forces not seeing a problem with gas operated machine guns compared to recoil operated ones, a demographic also known as “not the German army until the 50′s”.


Time Machine

Blondie - (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear (1978)

Well today is July 1st, so am posting this as is Debbie’s birthday today. Happy 72nd Birthday Debbie.

Debbie (Deborah) Ann Harry, born Angela Tremble on July 1,1945, Debbie is an American singer-songwriter and actress best known as the lead singer of the New York new wave band Blondie.

(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear, was released in April 1978 ans was the second single from the band’s second album Plastic Letters, reaching number 10 in the UK singles chart in May 1978. It was never released as a single in the US.

Was it destiny? I don’t know yet
Was it just by chance? Could this be kismet?
Something in my consciousness told me you’d appear
Now I’m always touched by your presence dear

When we play at cards you use an extra sense
You can read my hand, I’ve got no defense
When you sent your messages whispered loud and clear
I am always touched by your presence dear

Floating past the evidence of possibilities
We could navigate together, psychic frequencies

Coming into contact with outer entities
We could entertain each one with our theosophies

Stay awake at night and count your R E M’s
When you’re talking with your super friends
Levitating lovers in the secret stratosphere
I am still in touch with your presence dear

I am still in touch with your presence dear
I am still in touch with your presence dear, dear, dear, dear, dear


Springfield M1898 Krag-Jørgensen rifle

Designed by the Norwegians Ole Herman Johannes Krag and Erik Jørgensen and manufactured by the Springfield Arsenal c.1898-1904 for the US Army - serial number 310635.
.30-40 Krag five-round ‘half-capsule’ fixed magazine, bolt action repeater, magazine cut-off, sporterized stock.

open magazine on a Krag rifle

The most distinctive feature of these rifles were their strange box magazine, which allowed to user to basically dump up to five rounds of ammunition in it at any point of time, with the bolt closed and another round chambered if necessary. That feature was called a capsule magazine by its creators, with earlier prototypes having a ten-round capacity and wrapping around the action even more, hence its name.