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The Colt Model 1889 Navy Revolver,

in the later half of the 19th century, there were two common ways a metallic cartridge revolver could be loaded (with exceptions).  The first was through a loading gate, which made loading and unloading a slow process, with each cartridge being loaded one at a time, and each empty casing being ejected one at a time.  The other was the break top.  The break top ejected all empty casings, and allowed for fast loading, however the mechanism often compromised the strength of the frame, and the ejection mechanism often failed, leaving the user to have to pick out stuck casings from a chamber or the mechanism itself.

Designed by William Mason and Carl J. Ehbets, the Model 1889 featured a new method; the swing out cylinder.  When the user pressed a button (cylinder latch) below the trigger on the left hand side, the entire cylinder would drop out to the left.  Pushing the cylinder pin ejected all spent casings from the cylinder, allowing for fast loading, especially with speed loaders.  The Colt Model 1889 was the first common revolver with such a mechanism, although some uncommon revolvers had similar designs.  It was a double action revolver, chambered in either .38 long colt, .38 short colt, or .41 long colt.  While they were available commercially, they were most popularly known for being used by the US Navy, who used the revolver during the Boxer Rebellion, Spanish American War, and Philippine American War.  A limited number were also purchased by the US Army.  While a brilliant design, many in the Army believed the revolver to be under-powered, especially soldiers who fought native warriors in the Philippines, who were said to have been shot multiple times before going down.  Thus around the turn of the century the Army reverted back to the Colt Model 1873 or other revolvers chambered in .45 caliber.   The Colt Model 1889 would remain in service with the US Navy up to around World War I.

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Third time’s a charm, they say.

Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit post security during a field training exercise at Udairi Range, Kuwait. A contingent of MEU Marines is ashore in Kuwait as part of scheduled sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek, 19 FEB 2015.)

It’s the little things, the smallest words, the simplest gestures that mean the most. I miss this man more than anything I’ve ever experienced but I love him even more. Things can be tough in this relationship we fell into, but I’d do anything to make him as happy as he makes me.

Many of you out there have seen the latest poster for the upcoming superhero movie Avengers: Age of Ultron due out later this year. The most recent poster has a very recognizable figure in it: The Incredible Hulk, AKA Bruce Banner. Did you know that there are ships in the US Navy named after some of these superheroes? Here is one you may not know about, USS Banner (AGER-1) in a mock comic book cover. (It’s $35.00 for individual membership - do you have one yet? You should!)

Happy International Polar Bear Day!

A den of polar bears curiously approach the bow section of the US Navy (USN) LOS ANGELS CLASS: Attack Submarine USS HONOLULU (SSN 718) after the ship surfaced in the Arctic Circle, 280-miles from the North Pole. SSN 718 is collecting scientific data and water samples for US and Canadian Universities as part of an agreement with the Arctic Submarine Laboratory (ASL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), 10/1/2003
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U.S. military combat camera service members practice ambush techniques during Fleet Combat Camera Pacific’s Winter Quick Shot 2015 joint field training exercise in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa, Calif., Feb. 25, 2015. Quick Shot is a semi-annual exercise that improves combat camera service members’ abilities to operate in a tactical environment. 

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Julie Wilmes Photography brings us so much joy in such a stressful time. Seriously, these photos could not have come at a better time. It’s been so crazy and so stressful and the separation and stress of moving without each other has been hard on both of us, but these photos bring us both so much happiness in this crazy time. <3

Credit to: Julie Wilmes Photography