Vintage

An 87-year-old veteran of the first Sandino rebellion, armed with a double-barreled shotgun, stands with an 18-year-old Sandinista guerrilla holding an assault rifle in Leon, Nicaragua, June 19, 1979. “I fought against the Yankee invasion in the thirties and I’d like to fight today, but I’m too old,” said the old man. (Richard Cross ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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The Ketchum Hand Grenade,

Invented by William F. Ketchum in 1861, the Ketchum grenade, along with the grenade, was one of the most commonly used grenade design by the Union Army during the American Civil War.  The Ketchum grenade featured a cast iron bomb filled with black powder, and a pressure plate which when touched off would push a firing pin against a primer, thus igniting the main powder charge.  Attached to the bomb was a cardboard stabilization tail fin which guaranteed that the grenade would always land on the pressure plate, which increased the chances that it would discharge. They came in 1, 3, and 5 lb variants.  The Confederates made a crude copy called the Raines Grenade, which was much less effective.

Grenades were not commonly used in the open battlefield, but saw practical use in siege battles such as Vicksburg and Petersburg.  However, the detonation of the Ketchum grenade was sketchy.  It was not uncommon for dozens of grenades to be thrown with only a handful detonating.  After the Battle of Port Hudson, over 100 undetonated Ketchum grenades were recovered.  At other battles, the Confederates would learn to cover their defensive works with blankets so that the grenades would land harmlessly and be thrown back at Union troops.

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE SQUID RESEARCH LAB! Our sources say that the “Slosher” is a new main weapon category being added with the August update. Weapons in this category look like buckets and deliver huge blasts of ink with each shot. Their shots also fire in an arc, making them useful for hitting opponents that are above you or behind obstacles.

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Kriss Vector Gen 2 CRB

Updated models of the Kriss Vector carbines. The first photo shows the Standard model, the last two photos show the Enhanced model, which features a new and improved barrel shroud and AR stock adapter. Note the Magpul UBR stock. Kriss also mentioned a new pivot trigger and improved safety throw. (GRH)

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Superbia

Latin for “pride”; my second AR build in the 7 Deadly Sins theme. Picked a Colt as the base rifle because they are probably the first company to comes to mind when it comes to their own inherent pride. Recent news of their bankruptcy is also a fitting consequence when you rely on your pride and vanity. The Colt LE901-16S was discontinued in favor of the updated M.A.R.C 901 series. This rifle can be a bit of a headache for people who want to change out parts.

A lot of the parts are proprietary and swapping them out requires modifying other parts. For example, the Magpul polymer trigger guard and MIAD grip both had to be put to a dremel in order to fit. Went with a black + flat dark earth color scheme to break up the monotony of an all black rifle. Originally I was going to get a Vortex Razor HD Gen II 1-6x24 but I always wanted to have a Trijicon made optic. Gluttony already has an Aimpoint, I figure might as well go Trijicon.

Overall I’m happy with this setup but it’s not done. I still need to get a vertical forward grip, ARD Killflash on the VCOG, a quick-detatch mount for the VCOG, a sling, and maybe a bipod.

Greed is next, and the last part I need for it will be here Saturday. (GRH)

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Sometimes, a kid just wants to get up close and POW! Introducing the Inkbrush Nouveau, which brings the same abilities as the Inkbrush but has a different sub and special! You’ll be able to lay Ink Mines to catch your foes off guard, and then use the Bubbler when you’re ready to go in for your attack!

The Inkbrush Nouveau will be available tonight at 7 PM PT.

HK VP9

Polymer framed pistol in 9x19mm, it marked Heckler & Koch’s return to the striker-fired market. The VP9 proved to very popular, with the VP40 having just recently been released for sale. Some people speculate a VP45 could be in the works. Note the Inforce APL, which I think stands for Auto Pistol Light. Very clean, minimalistic light for a decent price. I think I may get one for my HK45, but I want a VP9 too someday. (GRH)